University of Colorado junior golfer Daniel O’Loughlin enjoyed a much better final round here Wednesday in the NCAA Northwest (Pullman) Regional, though not enough to qualify for the NCAA Finals later this month.
O’Loughlin finished his season with a 1-under 69 to give him a 212 total for the three rounds (2-over par); that tied him for 47th in the standings. He had three birdies and 13 pars with just two bogeys, with most of his non-pars coming in a four-hole stretch (Nos. 5 through 8) where he scored birdie-bogey-birdie-birdie in shooting 33 on the front side. He bogeyed No. 11 and the parred out the remainder of the round.
To advance to the NCAA Finals, O’Loughlin needed to be the top individual not attached to one of the five teams that will advance but would finish 15 strokes behind the individual that did so. He tied for 27th among the group of 60 golfers who did not advance.
“Daniel was more of his steady self today,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said. “He always competes really well and stays within himself. He did that today and had a nice round. It was a good way to close out a really good junior season for Daniel.”
“I had a much better round today,” “O’Loughlin said. “My long game was a lot better and managed my way around the course better to give myself more chances, so I was fairly pleased with how I scored today.