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May 22, 1999

McLean, Minnesota Take NCAA Central Titles%^$

%^$ COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Minnesota mens golf team lead the NCAA%^$Central Regionals after; each day of competition and won the%^$tournament by three strokes over Northwestern today. The Golden Gophers%^$avenged their own three-stroke defeat to the Wildcats in last weeks Big%^$Ten tournament.%^$

%^$The two Big Ten schools also featured the tournaments top two golfers in%^$sophomores James McLean of Minnesota and Luke Donald of Northwestern.%^$Defending national champion McLean was the regional medalist with scores%^$of 69-72-71=212 (-4), while Donald finished one stroke behind at -3.%^$Donald was familiar with host Ohio States Scarlet course, having won the%^$Kepler Intercollegiate at even par April 18. %^$

%^$ Eight other schools also qualified for the NCAA Championships including%^$third-place Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Houston, Toledo, Illinois,%^$Arkansas, Kansas, and Colorado. Colorado, who finished the second day in%^$18th place, shot a 290 in the final round to force a playoff with Kent %^$State, who fell from third to a 10th place tie with the Buffaloes after %^$a final-round 309. Colorado beat the Golden Flashes in a sudden death %^$playoff on the par four, 430-yard first hole.%^$

%^$ The two individuals who will compete at the national championships are%^$Jamie Broce of Ball State and Martin Maritz of Tulsa. Maritz had the%^$tournaments low round after his 67 on the first day, shot a 78 in the%^$second round, and rebounded with a 70 in round three to finish tied in%^$third place with Broce.%^$

%^$The top 10 teams and two individuals in the tournament advance to the%^$NCAA Championships, scheduled for June 2-5 at the Hazeltine National Golf%^$Club in Chaska, Minn.%^$

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NCAA Men’s Golf Central Regional%^$