Banks Shares 12th Overall, Earns Return Ticket
(5/29/07 - Men's Golf) PLYMOUTH, Ind.
- Junior Gregg Banks II batted inclement weather and fatigue to claim a
share of 12th place overall to earn all-America status at the 56th NAIA
Men's Golf National Championships hosted by the Indiana National Golf
finished his four rounds with a total of 8-over 296, finishing in a tie
with five other players. Not only did Banks earn the first all-America
nod in program history, his top 15 finish assures that he will receive
an automatic spot in the 2008 NAIA National Championships as an
play kept Banks among the tournament leaders all week as all four of
his rounds were within four shots of each other. Despite shooting his
highest round of the four on Thursday, Banks shot 1-under over his
final nine holes to keep himself in contention for the top 15 finish.
a stark reversal to the rest of the field, Banks played the last 9
holes of the course at 6-under over his first three rounds, a stretch
of holes described as the most difficult he had seen by head coach Joey
Cerulle. His scores reversed on the final day with a 4-over total on
the back nine, but his scores still impressed many of the coaches who
saw several golfers fall apart over those holes.
their first-ever national appearance in just their second season of
intercollegiate competition, the Eagles finished in 21st position as a
team with a three-day total of 917. The team displayed consistent
performances despite missing the cut for the final round, also staying
within four shots in each of its three team scores.
Daniel Mitchell of team champion Oklahoma City
won the individual crown with a 6-under par total of 282. The Stars won
their 6th national title in the past 7 seasons with a final-round team
score of 9-under 279 as Mitchell fired a 67.