SUGAR GROVE — An impressive round of 1-under par 71 in Sunday's third round of the NCAA Division I Championship nearly extended Illinois State sophomore Trent Wallace's season.

The standout sophomore missed the cut by one stroke and finished tied for 44th with an even-par total of 216 over three rounds at Rich Harvest Farms. He needed to be among the top nine golfers not on the 15 advancing teams to make the cut.

"Trent played like a champion today, and while he came up one shot short he certainly proved he is worthy of playing all four rounds and competing for a national championship," said ISU coach Ray Kralis. 

Wallace improved by one stroke each day, finishing with his best round of the weekend. He answered bogeys at Nos. 2 and 5 with a birdie on the seventh to take the turn at 1-over.

He started his back nine with three birdies over a five-hole run to get to 2-under heading to No. 15 before a bogey at the 17th. A birdie putt on the final hole lipped out. 

"He rebounded after a couple early bogeys and showed so much courage and toughness on the biggest stage as he battled back to get it under par on the day," said Kralis.

"He is a big time player and played big time golf when the stakes were the highest. He is a great champion and represented Illinois State and the Missouri Valley so well. I could not be more proud of him."

Dylan Meyer of Illinois shot a 3-under 69 to move into a tie for third at 9-under 207, three behind leader Scottie Scheffler of Texas.

The Illini advanced as a team in fifth, dropping two spots after a round of 285. Illinois (850) is four behind Vanderbilt, with Oklahoma, UNLV and Southern California in a three-way tie for second one stroke behind.

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