Mathers ties Huntingdon record with win in NCAA Fall Preview

Drew Mathers fired a career-best 6-under-par 66 in the final round and won the NCAA DIII Fall Preview with a 6-under 210. The win was Mathers' fifth as a Hawk, tying the program's NCAA-era record for career wins. (Photo submitted)
Drew Mathers fired a career-best 6-under-par 66 in the final round and won the NCAA DIII Fall Preview with a 6-under 210. The win was Mathers' fifth as a Hawk, tying the program's NCAA-era record for career wins. (Photo submitted)

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Huntingdon senior Drew Mathers fired a career-best round on Sunday to close out the NCAA DIII Fall Preview and win the tournament by four strokes.

Mathers shot a 6-under-par 66 in the final round and finished the three-round tournament with a 6-under 210 to win his fifth career tournament as a Hawk. The five career wins ties Huntingdon's NCAA-era record for wins set by former All-American Chase Blaich.

Mathers' final-round 66 was two strokes off the Hawk's NCAA-era record of 64 set by former Division III Golfer of the Year Addison Lambeth. Mathers' 6-under is tied for the most strokes under-par in a single round by a Huntingdon golfer during the NCAA era.

As a team, third-ranked Huntingdon shot 1-over 289 in the final round and finished third in the 18-team tournament with a 27-over 891. Second-ranked Emory won the tournament with a 10-over 874. Top-ranked and defending national champion Illinois Wesleyan was second with a 17-over 881.

The tournament featured 11 of the top 12 teams in Division III and a total of 15 nationally ranked teams.

Huntingdon sophomore Carson Whitton and junior Owen Burt tied for 27th at 12-over 228 for the tournament. Whitton shot a 4-over 76 in the final round and Burt shot a 6-over 78.

Junior Connor Bruce turned in the Hawks' second best round on Sunday with a 1-under 71 and tied for 31st with a 13-over 229. Sophomore Cody Argade shot 4-over 76 in the final round and tied for 44th at 16-over 232.

 

Coming Up: Huntingdon will play in the Rhodes College Fall Classic on Sept. 22-23.