Packer finishes tied for 35th at nationals

Sean Packer

May 19, 2006

DANIELS, West Virginia - Western Washington University sophomore Sean Packer (Sumner/Auburn-Riverside) shot 8-over par 78 to finish tied for 35th at the NCAA Division II Men's Golf National Championship which ended Friday on the 7,030-yard Cobb course at The Resort at Glade Springs.

Packer had a four-day, 72-hole total of 19-over 299. He was tied for 50th after shooting an opening-round 75 on Tuesday, but shot 73 each of the next two days, being tied for 31st on Wednesday and tied for 23rd on Thursday.

On Friday, Packer began the front nine with a double bogey and bogey, then had five pars before posting two more bogies. He struggled on the first three holes of the back nine, having a double bogey and two bogeys, before settling down to finish with two birdies, three pars and a bogey.

"He just didn't really have it today," said Western coach Steve Card. "He wasn't able to hit it solid off the tee and keep it in play. And the pins were in some really tricky spots."

"He had a rough start and a bad stretch from 8 to 12, but he finished strong, going 1-under his last six holes."

Taking medalist honors was Jamie Amoretti (71) from St. Mary's TX, who finished at even par 280. That was one stroke better than defending champion Dane Burkhart from South Carolina-Aiken (72=281).

Cal State Bakersfield's Chris Killmer (Bellingham) tied for 15th at 293 (76) and Saint Martin's Shane Prante, the West Region medalist, tied for 27th at 296 (80).

South Carolina-Aiken captured its third straight team title, shooting 28-over 1,148 (280) to win by 12 strokes. Columbus State was second at 1,160 (284) and West Region champion Cal State Bakersfield placed third at 1,169 (298).

It was the second national appearance for Packer. He was a redshirt last year after tying for 81st at nationals in 2004.

Packer qualified for nationals by being the top individual from a non-qualifying team at the West/Northwest Super Regional.