Day battled back to make it to the sudden-death playoff
May 1, 2011
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - Red-shirt senior Herbert Day won Atlantic 10 Medalist Honors in an exciting sudden-death playoff with Richmond's Nick Austin as Xavier finished in second place at the 2011 A-10 Championship. The Musketeers battled all round with Charlotte and Richmond and ended up edging out the Spiders by one stroke for second place with a 22-over-par 886.
Day earned Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Performer honors for his work over the weekend while junior Sebastian MacLean joined him on the A-10 All-Conference Team.
Day was in the leader group that included Austin. Even though they were in the same group, Day did not keep track of how his competitor was doing. "I knew he was in a good position to win," the red-shirt senior said. "I had to just focus on my game and it wasn't until the end that I was told that I was in the playoff."
Day had to battle to get into the playoff, getting birdies on two of his last three holes, including No. 18. He then went into the first hole of the playoff that was played on No. 1. Day was in trouble early in the hole, hitting into the woods. After he punched out, he was about 230 yards from the hole. He hit a 3-wood into the wind and got up and down for par. He ended the tournament with a 2-under-par 214 after shooting an even-par final round.
Then on No. 17, Day hit a great drive on the right side. He then got onto the green within eight feet. "Coach Steiner gave me a really great read and I made the birdie," Day said. "I came in with the mindset to help my team and compete well in one of my last tournaments as a Musketeer." With the conference win, Day will compete in the NCAA Regional in Zionsville, Ind. May 19-21.
Head coach Doug Steiner could not be more proud of Day and the team. "We were in a position there for a while and I'm pretty happy with how we did. Herbert was on the ropes early there in the playoff but made some clutch putts.
This is the first time Xavier had had a medalist since the 2006 season when Jason Kokrak and John Streibech both tied with a score of 206.
MacLean ended the tournament in fourth place with a 2-over-par 218 after carding a final round of 2-over-par 74. Senior Peter O'Neill and junior Chris Burger tied for 16th place with 13-over-par 229s. They both shot a 5-over-par 77 in the final round. Red-shirt senior Alan Glynn came in 27th with a 21-over-par 237.
Stay tuned to GoXavier.com to see how Day finishes at the NCAA Regional.
2011 Atlantic 10 Men's Golf All-Conference Team
Andy Sajevic - Charlotte
Olafur Loftsson - Charlotte
Will Golden - Charlotte
Patrick Pelletier - Rhode Island
Nick Austin - Richmond
Sam Beach - Richmond
Connor McNicholas - Temple
Sebastian MacLean - Xavier
Herbert Day - Xavier (MOP)
MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMER: Herbert Day, Xavier
MOST OUTSTANDING ROOKIE PERFORMER: Connor McNicholas, Temple
COACH OF THE YEAR: Thomas Drennan, Rhode Island