Over the three days of his first NCAA Men's Golf Regional event, Hillsdale's Joel Pietila got better and better.
Pietila, the 2017 GLIAC individual champion, finished ninth overall at the 2017 NCAA Golf Super Regional Tournament, held in Axtell, Nebraska this week.
He opened play Monday with a 74, playing well on 14 of the 18 holes at the Arwaril Dunes. But on Tuesday he cut seven strokes off his first-round score, shooting a 67. He improved on that even more in Wednesday's final round, shooting a 66 for a three-round total of 207, 9-under par.
Unfortunately, that score wasn't low enough to allow him to advance to the NCAA championships. Only two individuals - unattached to teams who qualified - made the cut to advance to nationals.
The top two individuals overall, McKendree's Kennai Sampson and Bellarmine's DJ Vogt, turned out to be the top two players at the regional, shooting a 199 and 201 respectively.
Pietila had the third-best three-round score among GLIAC golfers at this year's super regional. His round of 66 Wednesday ranked No. 2 among all golfers on the course, only trailing a 64 carded by Illinois-Springfield's Talon Supak.