Sophomore Drew Pershing's final-day 67 tied for lowest round of the tournament Friday as the Illinois Wesleyan men's golf team finished ninth in the NCAA Division III Championships at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the Hills, Fla.

Playing on the par 72, 6844-yard El Campeon Course, Pershing's 67 gave him a total of 300 (77-81-75-67) and a tie for 30th. Of players on teams that made the cut, only Mats Heien of Mary Hardin-Baylor and tournament champion Josh Gibson of Hope College equaled Pershing's 5-under par 67 in the 72-hole tournament.

The Titans, who started the day tied for ninth, had a final round of 298 and a total of 55-over 1,207 (304-310-295-298).

Wittenberg held on to win the title with an 1,180, with Guilford second at 1182 and Texas-Tyler third at 1188.

Titan junior Conner O'Neil tied for 18th place with a 297 (73-77-72-75). Freshman Jonathan Nocek was 64th with a 310 (74-81-71-84). Sophomore Ben Johnson tied for 71st at 314 (80-76-78-80) and freshman Daniel Cole tied for 89th at 319 (90-76-77-76).

Individually, Gibson tied with Garrett Brickley of Wittenberg at 287 and Gibson won a one-hole playoff.

ILLINOIS STATE

de los Reyes first-team all-Region: Illinois State softball star Jordan de los Reyes was a first-team selection on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association all-Mideast Region team.

ISU also had three third-team picks in Allison Spence, Riley Hale and Shannon Felde.

De los Reyes, a senior catcher, broke seven ISU and one Missouri Valley Conference records while being named the league’s Player of the Year. She ranks in the top 10 nationally in home runs per game, home runs, RBIs, RBIs per game, slugging percentage and total bases. She leads the team in hits (68), RBIs (67), home runs (19), slugging percentage (.852) and batting average (.402).

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