NORMAN, Okla. - UALR freshman Alfred Kerstis fired a two-over par 74 on the final day of the NCAA Norman Regional to finish in a tie for 18th place. Kerstis led all players with 41 pars over three days at the 7,351-yard, par-72 Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club to earn a share of 18th place with a five-over par 221 total (73-74-74).
Washington closed with a five-over par 293 in the final round to claim the team-championship with a four-under par 860 total (286-281-193). The Huskies earned a four-stroke victory over second-place Texas (279-293-292), with Florida State (279-292-300) and Illinois (284-291-295) sharing third place at seven-over par 871.
The top five teams and the top individual not attached to an advancing team earn spots in the NCAA Championship, which will take place May 29-June 3 at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Georgia Tech entered the final round in fifth place in the team standings, but missed the cut after firing a 19-over par 307 in the final round. Oklahoma edged the Yellow Jackets for the last spot by carding a seven-over par 295 in the final round to finish at 10-over par 874.
Washington's Chris Williams was tied for fifth place after 36 holes but captured medalist honors by posting the lowest score of the final round with a four-under par 68. Williams, the only player to break 70 on the final day, finished at seven-under par 209 (73-68-68) to earn a one-stroke victory over second-place Thomas Pieters of Illinois (68-68-73 - 210).
St. Mary's Jonathan De Los Reye defeated San Diego's Grant Forrest on the first hole (No. 18) of a playoff to earn the regional's individual bid to the NCAA Championship. Reye (71-68-79) and Forrest (72-76-70) were tied for 10th place after 54 holes with matching two-over par 218 totals following a seven-over par 79 from Reye in the final round.
The Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year, Kerstis was one-over par on par three's during the event for a 3.08 scoring average, and two-under par on par five's (4.83 average).