The Cal State Stanislaus men's golf team rallied behind leader Brandon Taylor on Wednesday during the final round of the NCAA Regionals as the Warriors jumped up from fifth to finish third, qualifying for the national tournament.
Taylor had a clean scorecard on Wednesday at the par 72, 7100-yard Classic Club course, as the sophomore shot a field-best five-under 67 to lead the Warriors. As a team, the Warriors shot a one-under 287 to finish the tournament at +17, 881.
With the strong finish, Cal State Stanislaus will make a return trip to the NCAA National Championship tournament. It will be the program's 18th Division II finals appearance and John Cook's second in as many years as head coach.
"We had a great day today and the guys played relaxed and with confidence," Cook said. "They believed in themselves and knew they could get it done. It was a team effort. Only Sonoma State had a better round than us."
The third-place finish for Cal State Stanislaus is the fifth straight top five finish at regionals. The Warriors have not finished higher than sixth during the CCAA era, which began in 1999. A Warrior has also finished in the top five in each of the last four years.
The top five teams, and the top two student-athletes not with a qualifying team, advanced to the finals May 18-21 at The Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind.
Taylor rebounded from a +6 on Monday with a one-under on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he shot a blazing five-under to finish tied for second with an even par score for the 54-hole tournament. On Wednesday, starting in 26th place in the individual standings, Taylor was without a blemish on his card with five birdies and 13 par scores.
Taylor tied with teammate Trevor Blair and Sonoma State's Ryan Carter all with even par 216 totals. Sonoma State's Jassen Todd shot a 214 total to win individual medalist honors.
Also contributing to Stanislaus' solid day was Teddy Schrier as he shot a one-under after two tough days. He ended up with a 226 tournament total. Palm Desert native Joseph Stewart was plus-four today as the freshman totaled 225. J.T. Cockerill wrap up the Stanislaus scoring with a 229 three-round score.