Axtell, Neb. - Missouri Southern junior Connor Neil finished the 2017 NCAA D2 Central/Midwest Regional in a tie for 11th place at Awarii Dunes Wednesday afternoon.
Neil started on the back nine with a par on the 365 yard par four 10th hole but bogeyed 11th to go 1-over. Connor sank another eagle on the 508 yard par five 14th hole for the second straight day to finish the back nine with a 1-under 35.
On the front nine, Neil birdied the first, eighth, and ninth hole to finish the front nine at 3-under 33 for a round total of 4-under 68. For the three day tournament Neil finished with a share of 11th at 8-under 208. Connor was tied for the third best finish for a MIAA individual for the regional tournament.
Central Missouri won the team title with 33-under 831 three round total. Ferris State of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) finished second with a tournament total of 836 (28-under) followed by Lindenwood at 838 (26-under) and the Great American Conference's (GAC) Arkansas Tech at 840 (24-under) to round out the qualifiers to the NCAA D2 National Championships in Kissimmee, Fla. May 22-26 at the Reunion Resort.
The top two individuals not on an advancing team also qualified for the National Championship and those two spots went to Keenai Sampson of McKendree University of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), who finished with a three round 17-under 199 to win the individual medalist honor, and DJ Vogt of GLVC's Bellarmine, who finished second at 15-under 201.
Blake Allen of Washburn was the highest MIAA individual at seventh with a 10-under 206 followed by Central Missouri's Shayne Allan in ninth one stroke back at 9-under 207. Neil and UCM's Alex Springer finished tied for 11th with an 8-under 208.
Central Oklahoma finished tied for eighth on the team leader board with a 15-under 849 while Washburn finished tied for 10th at 11-under 853. Northeastern State rounded out the MIAA teams with an 18th place finish at even par 864.