David Wicks of the Jacksonville University men’s golf team pulled out all of the stops to get his team into the NCAA Championship.
Wicks was standing on the green of his 13th hole (the fourth at LSU’s University Club) during the NCAA regional in Baton Rouge, La., when he accidentally dropped his ball into the lake behind him. Per the Rules of Golf, Wicks had five minutes to find his ball in the water or he would incur a two-stroke penalty for having to substitute another ball into play.
With a championship spot hanging in the balance, Wicks stripped down and got to work.
— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) May 18, 2017
Unfortunately, despite finding plenty of golf balls, Wicks came up empty and made a double bogey that included two penalty strokes. However, he dried himself off and finished the remaining holes in even par.
Jacksonville erased a 10-stroke deficit in the final round and defeated Northwestern in sudden death to earn the fifth and final qualifying spot in the regional competition.
Wicks finished seventh in the individual competition.
Teams advancing from Regionals to the Finals, set to take place May 26-30:
AUSTIN REGIONAL: Oklahoma State, Texas, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Arizona State
GROVE REGIONAL: Central Florida, Vanderbilt, Kennesaw State, Clemson, Lipscomb
STANFORD REGIONAL: Stanford, Baylor, Pepperdine, Oklahoma, North Carolina
WASHINGTON REGIONAL: Southern California, Kent State, Florida State, Alabama, Penn State
WEST LAFAYETTE REGIONAL: UNLV, Auburn, Illinois, New Mexico, Purdue
BATON ROUGE REGIONAL: LSU, Duke, Oregon, Virginia, Jacksonville
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