By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
A career best tournament carried Sonoma State golfer Eric Ash into the NCAA Division II Men’s Championships as the Seawolves team finished back in the pack at the West/South Central Regional.
With only two spots for individuals from teams not qualifying for the national championships, Ash needed another sharp shooting day to advance. Ash shot a second consecutive round of better than par Wednesday to finish tied for the third lowest score over three days at The Home Course, in Dupont, Wash.
The sophomore from Loomis has been one of Sonoma State’s top players all season. He was at his best on this rolling, wide open course.
After opening with a 74, Ash shot 67 and finished with a round of 69 to secure a spot in the national championships May 20-24 at Hershey Country Club, in Hershey, Pa.
Ash paced a Sonoma State squad that tied for low team score in the third round. Despite also shooting well enough in round, the Seawolves couldn’t dig out of a deep hole following a poor opening day.
Sonoma State finished tied for 11th, moving up from 17th in the 20 team field. The top five teams advanced to the national championships.