By Gregory Gammill |Staff Writer|
Coyote golfer Taylor Hood earned a spot to play in the NCAA West/South Central Regional invitational.
The tournament took place from May 2 to May 4 and was held in Las Cruces at the New Mexico State University (NMSU) golf course for three days.
This tournament featured 108 of the best golf players from all over the United States in division 2 golf for the NCAA Championship.
The top three players from this tournament would be entered into the individual qualifiers for the NCAA Championship in the upcoming weeks.
The NCAA Championship will kick off its championship week on May 17 and continue through May 21 at Denver Green Valley Ranch in Colorado.
This past season, Hood established himself as one of the up-and-coming premier players for our school in division 2.
Hood’s stats have spoken for themselves throughout his career, as he has achieved several plateaus of well-placed outings on the golf course for our team.
One of Hood’s best outings of his career came in the 2014-2015 season when he shot four-under-par 68 in his opening round and finished T5 (5-under 211) at Goodyear, Ariz.
On Hood’s first day of the tournament at NMSU, he started out on the front nine holes by shooting for two-over-par.
As Hood’s day progressed in the tournament, he would continue to shoot on the back nine holes with another outing of two-over-par, bringing his total after the first day as four-over-par.
Hood would continue to improve to where he was in a good enough spot in the standings to make a move on the rest of the competition in the next few days.
The next day was promising for Hood, as it boosted his confidence in this tournament to succeed and win.
The second day was where Hood would hope to continue to advance his way up the board with his consistent swing of the ball.
Hood, on the front nine holes on the second day, would go on to break even with par.
As Hood approached the back nine, he would go on to shoot three-over-par and end his day with three strokes over.
The final day of the tournament had come and Hood looked to advance himself as much as he could.
Hood, on the front nine holes on the third day, would go on to break even with par, again. He was really seeing the ball well to shoot that.
The back nine holes and his final holes of his Coyote career came with him shooting three-over-par.
He would end the final day of the tournament with three-over-par and finished in the tournament tied for 48th place out of 108 other high-profiles golf players.
He advanced himself four more spots up from 52nd place and finished the tournament on a positive note.
It was a tough tournament for our Coyote golfer, but we could not be more thrilled to see him progress through the tournament.