May 22, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma senior Ben Blundell turned in his best round of the NCAA Men's Golf West Regional Saturday -- a 2-over-par 74 -- and finished tied for 48th place in Bremerton, Wash.
Competing individually, Blundell, who totaled 225 strokes (+9) over the 54-hole event at the 7,104-yard Gold Mountain Golf Course, finished 17 strokes behind Washington medalist Richard Lee. Blundell shot a 75 in a rainy first round Thursday and followed with a 76 Friday. He did his best work on par 3's, tying for the 12th-best average (3.08) among the 75 competitors.
Host Washington conquered the 13-team field in convincing fashion. The Huskies finished with a 20-under 844 to outdistance second-place USC (+9) by 29 strokes. San Diego (+10) finished in third, Oregon State (+12) in fourth and Illinois (+13) in fifth. All five teams will compete in the NCAA Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn., beginning June 1.
In order to advance to the NCAA finals, Blundell would have had to record the lowest score among the 10 individuals and all competitors not on the five advancing teams. He finished seventh among the individuals. Denver's Espen Kofstad shot a 5-under 211 and finished tied for third to clinch the individual spot in the NCAA Championships.
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Blundell finished the year with a 73.42 season stroke average, lowest among all Sooners. The Rowlett, Texas, native was the only OU golfer to compete in all 12 team events. He recorded 12 rounds of par or better among his 38 rounds and shot a season-low 68 on three occasions. His third-place finish at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic marked his best of the year and tied for the best of his career.