MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. — The Southeastern Oklahoma State golf team turned in its best round of the week with a 289 but was unable to make up enough ground to reach the top eight, finishing 10th with a three-day total of 879 in stroke play at the NCAA Division II National Championship at Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals.


The Savage Storm finished 11 shots out of eighth place, with the top eight advancing to the match play championship for the final day of competition on Thursday, and were 39 strokes off the leader’s pace set by Florida Southern.


Southeastern Oklahoma State improved on its previous best finish at the NCAA Championship after finishing 15th for the 2016 season.


Zach James, a Whitesboro native, posted the team’s best individual finish for the week and set a new highest finish for Southeastern players at the Championship, finishing tied for 26th after carding a final-round 75 to finish with a three-round total of 216.


Hayden Foster, a Pottsboro native, and Sam Berry both checked in tied for 39th with matching totals of 220. Foster got there with a final round mark of 70 while Berry turned in a 71 on Wednesday.


Jordan Holifield turned in his best round of the week, carding a one-under 71 to finish with a tourney total of 225 in a tie for 70th.


Ryan Woods closed out his tournament with a final round 78 on Wednesday and finished with a weekly total of 232 in a tie for 88th.