May 18, 2013
University of Cincinnati senior David Tepe completed play in the NCAA Golf Championship on Saturday with a final-round 8-over par 79 to finish in 74th place at 82+78+79=239 at the Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio.
Tepe started the day on the 10th hole and recorded par scores on 10 holes and birdied No. 3, but shot 5-over on his final nine holes, including double bogies on No. 2 and No. 9.
"This is big-time golf - playing at the NCAA Championships," UC head coach Doug Martin said. "The course was extremely difficult and you had to be really on your game this week.
"Even though David wishes he would have performed better it was still a great experience for him and our program to be on the national scene and receive national exposure."
The round brings to an end Tepe's collegiate career. The Liberty Township, Ohio native earned All-BIG EAST Conference honors this season after claiming medalist honors at the BIG EAST Championship in Orlando, Fla., on April 30.
Tepe is just the fourth Bearcat to participate in the NCAA tournament, joining George McManis (1965), Geoff Hensley (1969) and Jon Nichols (1974).
"David has had a solid career as a Bearcat," Martin said. "He has been a complete student-athlete since he's been here and only added to the image of our program. I appreciate what he's done for UC."
New Mexico's James Erkenbeck claimed medalist honors in Columbus, Ohio, finishing with a 3-under 72+70+68=210.
New Mexico finished first in the team standings, carding an 18-over 294+293+283=870. Other teams advancing from the Columbus regional to the NCAA Championships finals (May 28 - June 2 in Atlanta, Ga.) are: Auburn (293+293+286=872) and South Carolina (288+296+288), who tied for second in Columbus, as well as fourth-place UNLV (292+292+294=878) and fifth-place Texas Tech (299+288+292=879).
Virginia's Denny McCarthy (74+74+66=214), who tied for second place in Columbus after a tournament-best 5-under 66 on Saturday, also advances to Atlanta, Ga., as the top individual not from one of the five advancing schools.