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Kerns wraps up college career

May. 19, 2013 @ 12:27 AM

COLUMBUS -- Nathan Kerns from Marshall University finished tied for 22nd place in the NCAA Columbus Regional golf tournament.

Kerns recorded his best round of the tournament Saturday, a 71, on the par-71, 7,286-yard Scarlet Course. He completed 54 holes with an 8-over-par score of 75-75-71 -- 221.

"I feel like I played much better today," Kerns said. "I was excited that I was able to close out my career with a decent round and enjoy the moment."

The low individual not on one of the low five teams and those teams earned berths in the NCAA Championship, May 28 to June 2, at The Capital City Club, Crabapple course in Atlanta.

Individual qualifier Denny McCarthy from the University of Virginia finished at plus-1 214 to advance.

Regional champion New Mexico (870), Auburn (872), South Carolina (872), UNLV (876) and Texas Tech (879) took the team spots for the national finals.

Kerns began the day on the back nine, where he had a bogey on No. 11 and birdies on Nos. 12 and 17.

The Thundering Herd senior from Ironton made three bogeys (Nos. 1, 2 and 6) and had a pair of birdies (Nos. 7 and 8) on the front side.

Kerns had by far the biggest galleries of anyone in the tournament, Marshall coach Matt Grobe said.

"Nathan played much better today," Grobe said. "It was really cool today to see the Marshall fans and family come and support him.

"It was really a day of mixed emotions. I was happy to see him play so well, but it was sad to see his final day with the Thundering Herd. "

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