PALM DESERT, Calif. - CSU-Pueblo began the NCAA Division II Central Regionals in a big hole Monday. Even though the Pack finished in 14th place overall and could not secure a national championship berth, the way they continued to cut strokes Wednesday was impressive.
The ThunderWolves shot a team 301 Wednesday, an 11-stroke improvement from its first round total and a four-stroke improvement from their second-round total. The Pack's third round 300 was the 11th-best in the 20-team field.
Brandon McCoy (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Sean Thomas (So., Westminster, Colo.) each continued their strong performance, finishing in the top 40 with a +9. The top performance of the round belonged to Bryan Kruse (So., Arvada, Colo.), who shot an even par 72.
The ThunderWolves, which barely snuck in to the regional field as the Central Region's 10th-ranked team, certainly surpassed expectations by finishing in the top 15. The Pack should be primed for an even higher finish in a hopeful return to regionals next season, as the Pack only loses two seniors, McCoy and Jimmy Moore (Sr., Lyons, Colo.).