HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla.—Sophomore Riley Whitham (Harvard, Mass.) and first-year Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) both finished at 4-over par 76 in the second round as the Babson College men's golf team came in 25th at the NCAA Division III Championship at the Mission Inn Resort on Wednesday.
The Beavers posted a team score of 310 on the El Campeon course, their lowest in NCAA Tournament competition since the third round in 2001, to finish with a 36-hole total of 632. Babson missed the cut, which trimmed the field to just 18 teams by 13 shots, while first round leader Huntingdon extended its advantage to four strokes over second-place Wittenberg and nine shots over third-place Guilford.
Bornhorst made four birdies over his first seven holes and was 3-under par at the turn before settling for a second round 76 and a 36-hole total of 11-over 155. Whitham also started fast with a pair of early birdies after carding an opening round 83 on Tuesday. Despite a stretch of four straight bogeys on the back nine, he made a birdie on his final hole of the day to finish with a two-day total of 159 (+15).
Sophomore Benjamin Crawford (Houston, Texas), who started the day at 2-over par, opened with eight consecutive pars before making a double bogey on his ninth hole of the day. He was 6-over on the inward nine and shot an 80 to finish in a tie for 63rd position at 10-over 154.
Junior Kyle Alexander (Brewer, Maine) made a pair of front-nine birdies and was just 1-over through 12 holes on his way to shooting a 6-over par 78 that included a hole-out for eagle on his final hole. He finished with a 36-hole total of 164, which was two shots better than sophomore Lukas Linemayr (Hampton, N.H.), who birdied two of his final three holes to bounce back from a first round 86 with an 80 on Wednesday.
• The Beavers' team score of 632 is 34 shots lower than its 36-hole total at Mission Inn Resort in 2012 and their lowest two-day total in five NCAA appearances since 2001.
• Bornhorst, who collected GCAA/PING All-New England honors on Tuesday night, finished the season with the program's lowest scoring average (75.39) by any Babson player going back to 1991-92.
• The Green and White finished the season with a 306.91 stroke average, which is more than nine shots better than last spring.
Courtesy of Babson Athletics Communications.