May 17, 2014
Air Force's Kyle Westmoreland wrapped up his stellar collegiate career Saturday by finishing in a tie for 22nd place at the 2014 NCAA West Regional Golf Tournament at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore. Westmoreland fired a four-over par 74 in the final round for a three-round total of 10-over par 220.
The senior from Katy, Texas, posted three birdies, five bogeys and a double-bogey on Saturday. He finished eight shots behind Chris Robb of Chattanooga, who was the individual not on one of the top five teams that advanced to the NCAA Division I Championships.
Stanford, Oklahoma, Houston, South Carolina and host Oregon will advance to the NCAA Tournament, while Patrick Rodgers of Stanford took individual medalist honors with a six-under par total of 204.
Westmoreland had one of the best seasons in school history this year, tying the school record with a 71.7 stroke average this season, previously set by Tom Whitney in 2009-10. Westmoreland won the prestigious Patriot All-America Championships in December on the sixth playoff hole, defeating several players in the world amateur rankings. He also won the season-opening Falcon Invitational and finished fourth at the Mountain West Championships, the best finish by an Air Force player at a conference tournament since 1985.
"(Assistant coach) Chris Wilson and I are very proud of the accomplishments of our entire senior class," said Air Force head coach George Koury. "The things they have done for the golf program at the Academy are amazing. Kyle is the perfect example of hard work paying off. We are excited to send these guys out to lead our Air Force."
In his career, Westmoreland posted a 73.0 stroke average per round, had three victories and 10 top-five finishes. He also became just one of a handful of Air Force golfers to compete in two separate NCAA Regional Tournaments.