STATE COLLEGE, PA – A record 25 teams and 130 golfers travelled to State College, Pennsylvania for the 2014 USCAA Golf National Championships. After two days and 36 holes, the Daemen College Wildcats secured their third straight USCAA Golf National Championship, defeating second place finisher Rochester College by seven strokes.
Brown, a highly decorated four year member of the Owl program, started the day jumbled with several golfers who were tied for 27th, but just four strokes back of top-five finish after his first round of 81. Brown was amazingly consistent on day two, but with 8 putts finishing just millimeters of dropping in the freshly cut holes, he saw his goal of a top-five finish fall to the unkind golf gods. Brown had 5 putts rim out and 3 others come up short on fantastic long putt tries.
Finishing tied for 23rd place with a combined 161, Brown completes a tremendous career that places him among the very best golfers the UMPI program has ever had, winning ten individual tournament championships in his time as an Owl and anchoring a golf program that has won 11 team tournament titles in the 31 events he has participated in. Brown finished the 2012 season as a USCAA All-American, finishing 7th at the national tourney.
Freshman Bernard showed signs of great potential after putting an 82 up on the scoreboard after a first round where his short game was outstanding. Day two would humble the rookie a bit, but it was his work off the tees that shined and kept him competitive on the long and challenging Penn State Blue course. Twice Bernard pared the incredibly long 602 yard, par 5 12th hole.
The rookie registered an 88 on day two to finish tied for 57th, at 170 for the match. More importantly, Bernard walked away with a national championship experience and the want to return with his Owl teammates in 2015 and beyond. "I had a great time, I wish I would have played better, but now I know what this is like, our team will be back and we will play well next year, "said Bernard.