SILVIS, Ill. -- The Shorter University men's golf team has missed the cut at the 2011 NAIA Men's Golf National Championship held at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.
The Hawks, ranked ninth in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll, fired their best round of the tournament in Thursday's third round -- a 14-over 298 -- but simply could not overcome a difficult opening two rounds that left Shorter at +59 and ultimately out of contention for a title.
The field of 29 was reduced to 17 after the third round and Shorter missed the cut by 12 strokes and closed out the tournament with a 925.
Oklahoma Christian has all but locked up the team title with 18 holes to play after posting a three-day total of 857 (+5). Oklahoma Christian leads by 23 strokes over the University of South Carolina-Beaufort (880) entering Friday's final round.
Although Shorter will not take the course as a team on Friday, the Hawks will be represented by senior Arvid Bengtson.
Bengtson, a 2010 NAIA All-American who finished fifth as an individual in last year's national tournament, made the cut as an individual in 2011 by virtue of being in the top 40 after three rounds.
Bengtson is tied for 31st with a three-day total of 224 (+11). The Swede turned in his best round of the tournament on Thursday by shooting 2-under in the third round to stay alive in the event.
Oklahoma Christian's Oscar Stark holds a six-stroke lead after three rounds. He is 6-under (207) for the championships. British Columbia's Andrew Robb is in second with an even-par 213.