The Dalton State College men's golf team ended its season after failing to make the cut Wednesday during the second round of the NAIA National Championship at Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona.
The Roadrunners shot 10 strokes better than they did in the first round on Tuesday and finished with a team score of 628 (+60) in 22nd place, but needed to be one of the top 17 teams to advance to the final two days of the tournament.
After a second-place finish in last year's national tournament and high expectations for this year, Dalton State coach Ben Rickett said an early flight home wasn't what his players were looking for.
"We kind of knew it wasn't going our way," he said. "It is disappointing because the expectations are there, and the players over the last few years have done a good job to get it to that point.
"There are no two ways about it. We didn't handle the situation and didn't play as well as we should have."
Zach Womack led the Roadrunners with a combined score of 153 (+11) for the two days. Ben Rebne (+12) was close behind with a 154, Matthew Cleary and Eli Hendricks finished with a 163 (+21) and Sport Allmond shot a 165 (+23).
The Roadrunners will return the entire team next year with no seniors on the roster, including junior Rebne who is one of five finalists for the NAIA Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award to be announced on May 30.
"You always try to look at the positive," Rickett said. "With everyone coming back, now I know what we need to get better at if we are going to return to playing with the best. It doesn't change the expectations for next year."