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Oland Saves Best for Last at NCAA Tournament

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Midwestern State golfer Derek Oland saved his best for last as he fired a 1-over-par 72 in the final round of the NCAA Division II Championship at The Meadows in Allendale, Mich.
 
The junior from McKinney, Texas/Boyd moved into the top 20, finishing the 54-hole tournament at 9-over 222, tied for 19th.  He closed nine shots behind defending NCAA II Individual Champion Tim Couch of Florida Southern who fired a 3-under 68 in the final round to claim his second straight title with an even-par 213.
 
"It was a fun week," Oland said.  "And I'll remember it.  My score wasn't terrible, and it could have been worse, but I wanted to win the tournament."
 
Wednesday's final round at the par 71, 7,034-yard course at Grand Valley State was a 180-degree turn for Oland.
 
"I putted well today, but I hit the ball terribly," said Oland.  "What a difference a day makes."
 
Oland started on the 10th in the final round, opening with a bogey after missing the fairway with his drive.
 
But he responded with a par on the 11th and followed it with a par on the 12th.
 
"I made some good up and downs today," Oland added.
 
He parred the rest of the back side to make the turn at 1-over, the best he's played holes 10-18 in the tournament.
 
"Derek did a great job of scrambling," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray.  "He answered the bell and made some really good pars today."
 
After a par on No. 1, Oland followed with his only birdie of the round on the par 4, 396-yard No. 2.
 
"I got on in two and made a four-footer," Oland said.
 
It brought him even for the round.
 
He remained there until the 6th when he drove into a fairway bunker and took a bogey on the hole.
 
"I hit it fat coming out and didn't get much on it," he added.  "It cost me a shot."
 
He finished his round with three straight pars.
 
"It was a plain, boring round," Oland continued.
 
"Derek was frustrated this week, but he's played so well," said Ray.  "He's had a great year.  He won five tournaments.  That's unreal."
 
Ray added, "This has been a great tournament.  I hope this can serve as a light to start a fire to get the team (to the national tournament) next year."
 
While the individual and stroke play portion of the tournament comes to an end, the top eight teams will continue play on Thursday and Friday in match play to determine the team national champion.

Oland Earns PING First-Team All-America

Midwestern State junior Derek Oland was named to the PING All-America First Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America Wednesday evening following the stroke-play portion of the NCAA Division II Championships.
 
Oland was second nationally with a 71.20 stroke average heading into the NCAA Championships where he finished tied for 19th.  He won five tournaments this season including the Lone Star Conference Championship and the NCAA II South Central/West Super Regional.
 
The junior from McKinney, Texas/Boyd, who was named All-South Central Region on Tuesday, becomes the third golf All-American in Midwestern State history.
 
Joining Oland on the first team are two-time NCAA Division II Individual Champion Tim Crouch of Florida Southern, Alistair Docherty of Chico State (Calif.), Brandon Robinson-Thompson of South Carolina-Aiken, Spencer Schinder of Flagler (Fla.), Adam Svensson of Barry (Fla.), Nate Tarter of Malone (Ohio), and Shad Tuten of Armstrong Atlantic (Ga.).

Kim Jerrick Earns NFCA All-America Honors

Midwestern State's Kim Jerrick earned National Fast-pitch Coaches' Association All-America honors for the second straight year as announced Wednesday night.
 
Jerrick, who also gained Daktronics honorable mention All-America accolades Wednesday, earned second-team honors after hitting .352 with 10 doubles, 16 homers and 39 RBIs while stealing a career-high 27 bases this season.
 
It's the fifth consecutive year a Midwestern player has garnered NFCA All-America honors including pitcher Katie Petersen (2nd) in 2010; pitcher Britney Tanner (1st) and Elena Bennett (2nd) in 2011; outfielder Courtney Bingham (2nd) in 2012; and Jerrick (1st), third baseman Kelley Schaefer (1st), designated player Katelyn Vinson (1st) and Bingham (2nd) in 2013.
 
Pitcher Brittany Willson and third baseman Kristen Stonecipher earned third-team honors as MSU's first softball All-Americans in 2006.
 
The four-time All-Lone Star Conference performer matched the league's all-time home run record, finishing her stellar career with 56 long balls.
 
Jerrick also finishes as MSU's all time leader with 225 runs and 469 total bases. She is one of the few catchers in NCAA Division II history to finish a career with 56 homers and 56 stolen bases.
 
The senior from Belle Plaine, Kan. earned National Fast-pitch Coaches' Association Division II Catcher of the Year honors in 2013 while gaining first-team All-America mention from Daktronics and NFCA.
 
Midwestern State posted a 31-24 mark this season, advancing to the NCAA Division II postseason for the ninth time in the program's 11-year history.