Jeremy Gandon and Roland Massimino capped their careers at Kansas State on Wednesday.
The senior golf duo finished their final rounds as Wildcats at the NCAA Athens Regional at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Georgia.
Gandon, making his second consecutive NCAA postseason appearance, tallied a 3-over par 74 on Wednesday. He ended at 8-over to tie for 36th. A native of Charpey, France, Gandon leaves as one of the most decorated golfers in school history.
His career stroke average of 72.69 is the lowest in K-State’s annals, while his four career wins are second most among Wildcat golfers.
Massimino moved up three spots during the final round after shooting a 2-over par 73 — his best round of the tournament — to tie for 46th. He made birdies on the final two holes of his career, embracing with his family at the end of the round.
Massimino set a single-season school record for stroke average with a mark of 71.33.
Junior Jacob Eklund joined Gandon and Massimino at the regional. He concluded the tournament at 8-over, matching Gandon to tie for 36th.
Eklund averaged 71.78 strokes per round this season, the fourth-best single-season showing in school history.
“The guys got off to slow starts again (Wednesday) and really couldn’t get anything going,” K-State head coach Grant Robbins said in a release. “The hole locations were again very difficult, and if you aren’t precise with your irons, it’s very difficult to score. Their ball striking just was not as sharp this week as it has been most of the year. I know they are disappointed in the results, but it doesn’t take away from the great season they had.”
Despite the regional marking the end of the road for the Wildcats in 2018-19, Robbins said he walked away “very pleased” with his team’s season overall.
“We’ve made a lot of progress here over the last few years, and there is a solid foundation going into next season,” he said. “I know the returning guys will be hungry, and we have some really talented players coming in. I’m very excited about the future of this program.”
Georgia’s Davis Thompson held serve at his home course, winning the individual title by finishing at 8-under par. He beat runner-up Will Gordon — of SEC rival Vanderbilt — by two strokes.
The Bulldogs, which entered the regional ranked No. 16, also won the team portion of the tournament, combining to shoot 8-under par 844. Georgia topped No. 9 Duke by seven shots and No. 4 Vanderbilt by 10. SMU and Liberty captured the final two team spots at the regional to advance to next week’s NCAA Championship.
Western Kentucky’s Billy Tom Sargent dispatched Nevada’s Stephen Osborne of Nevada in a three-hole playoff to claim the lone individual spot for the NCAA Championship from a non-advancing team.