After two breezy days, the winds calmed down for Thursday's third round of the NAIA Men's Golf National Championships, and the Foresters took advantage. They posted their best score of the tournament with a 305 moving them up to 23rd in the team standings. But with only the top 17 teams making the cut for today's final round, their season came to an end for all of them but one.
The top 40 individuals also qualified for the final round and at fourteen-over-par, HU's Ryan Bonner was the lone Forester to make the cut. He teed it up at 9:15 this morning. The final results will be available later today on the NAIA Golf Championship website.
For Thursday's round, Spencer Batt came up with his best score of the tournament, a two-over-par 73, to lead HU. He finished at +22 for the three rounds. Bonner was right behind Batt with a 74. Jordan Dawes finished with a 78 for his best round making him +27 for the tournament. Cory Powell showed steady improvement over the three days and turned in an 80 as his best effort to put him at +35. Justin Imel, HU's final competitor, ended with a 91 giving him a three-day total of +42.
Defending individual champion Sam Cyr of Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.) fired a tournament-best four-under-par 67 to move in front of the 151-player field with a two-under 211 total. Cyr is the only individual under par heading into Friday's final round at the TPC @ Deere Run Golf Course in Silvis, Ill.
On the team side, Oklahoma Christian retained its six-shot lead with an 882 with one round yet to play. Texas Wesleyan is second with an 888.