COLUMBIA, Mo. — Kansas State senior men’s golfer Daniel Wood finished up his collegiate career on a positive note by carding a 3-under par 69 Saturday during the final round of the 2014 NCAA Columbia Regional at the par-72, 7,141-yard Club at Old Hawthorne. Wood climbed six spots on the leader board to finish in a tie for 38th with a three-round score of 3-over par 219.
“It was a pretty round for Daniel to finish up on,” said head coach Tim Norris, who coached his final round Saturday as he announced prior to the 2013-14 season that his 17th year as K-State’s head coach would be his last. “He doesn’t have any aspirations to play beyond college, so I know it was an emotional day for him. It was an emotional week for him and for me as well to watch a guy lay it out on the line every day with school pride in mind. It was a great round for him pride-wise.
“Kyle will be missed for sure,” continued Norris. “I’ll miss coaching him, but I’ll miss Daniel Wood and what he brought to the team. He will still be a Wildcat, and he will go on and do great things in the future.”
Wood started his round on the back nine and was on fire as he birdied the 10th and 12th holes before a bogey on the par-4 13th hole to fall back to 1-under. From there, Wood tallied three birdies and two pars to play the back nine at 4-under par. Wood carded two bogeys, one birdie and six pars to play the front side at 1-over par.
“On the first nine holes he played, he probably had a legitimate chance to birdie eight of the nine holes. On the first hole he made birdie on, he left a 15-foot eagle putt just short. He played really solid the first nine holes. The second nine holes maybe wasn’t as solid, but he made a couple of nice saves and made a nice up-and-down on the final hole to finish up his college golf career.”
Oklahoma State won the team event by carding a three-round score of 33-under par 831. Arkansas, Missouri and LSU also advanced to the NCAA Championship by finishing second, third and tied for fourth, respectively, while Iowa State came from outside the top five to nab the final qualifying spot by firing an 18-under par 270 Saturday.
Missouri’s Emilio Cuartero totaled a 54-hole score of 11-under par 205 to edge a trio of golfers that tied for second at 10-under par. Virginia’s Denny McCarthy tied for sixth at 7-under par 209 and will advance to the NCAA Championship as an individual by being the highest golfer not on an advancing team.