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Ash saves best for last

Former Del Oro golfer qualifes for NCAA Div. II Nationals
By: Gold Country News Service
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Sonoma State’s Eric Ash is headed east.

Saving his best collegiate performance for last weekend’s NCAA Div. II West/South Central Regional Tournament, Ash is headed to the big dance.

The 2011 Del Oro High graduate shot a career best six-under-par 210 at The Home Course in Dupont, Wash to finish the regional tournament in a tie for third place. He will now represent Sonoma State as an individual at the NCAA Division II Championships at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa. on May 20-24.

As a team, Sonoma State placed in a four-way tie for 11th place, carding a 54-hole total of 874 (+10), 20 shots back of regional team champion Cal State Monterey Bay (854), which held off runner-up Western Washington (855) by just one stroke and third-place Grand Canyon (856) by two.

After shooting rounds of 74, 67 and 69 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, Ash is one of two individuals not with a qualifying team to advance to the national tournament -- Hawai'i-Hilo's Dalen Yamauchi finished one swing back of Ash at five-under-par 211.

In 2011, Ash helped lead Hal Steinback’s Del Oro High golf team to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament championship. In another sidenote,Ash is the younger brother of Lincoln High boys basketball coach Robert Ash.