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‘Birds Finish 8th in NAIA Championship

SILVIS, ILL — The final round of the NAIA Men’s Golf Championship at TPC Deere Run saw the UBC Thunderbirds unable to climb the standings and maintain the same kind of momentum they started their tournament with as the ‘ Birds closed with a round of 296 (+12) to cement his eighth-place finish and +25 tournament total (283-285-299-296).

Keizer University and Dalton State squared off Friday morning as the two programs went back and forth, but it was Keizer who earned the right to be named NAIA champion after their consistent and impressive full team performance. of -6 (280-282-281-287).

Russell Howlett and Aidan Schumer both produced rounds of 73 (+2) Friday morning in an attempt to keep their group in the hunt. Howlett scored two birdies and four pars to finish his tournament at +11 (72-75-75-73). while Schumer’s final round saw a birdie and three bogeys to end his week at +1 (67-71-74-73).



Dylan Macdonald’s final round 74 (+3) scored two birdies alongside five bogeys as the freshman closed his tournament at +14 (74-72-78-74).



Mackenzie Bickell three birdies, five bogeys and a triple bogey completed his final round of 76 (+5). Bickell showed his talent throughout the week as he led the T-Birds with a low score of +2 (70-67-73-76).

NAIA Golf Men - UBC Thunderbirds Team Portraits



Jean-Paul Kahlert jumped into the mix on the final day for the T-Birds and added a birdie, five bogeys and a double bogey in his round of 77 (+6).


The ‘Birds wrap up their season in Bromont, Que., where they will compete in the four-day Golf Canada Canadian University/College Championship beginning Wednesday, June 1.st.