Utah’s Kyler Dunkle endures a tough final round of the NCAA Golf Championships

(Courtesy of the University of Utah) Ute senior Kyle Dunkle, shown playing in a 2018 tournament in Idaho, finished in a tie for 28th place in the NCAA Championship.

Kyler Dunkle’s successful Utah golf career ended Monday with a round of seven bogeys and no birdies.

Dunkle closed the NCAA Men's Golf Championships with a 79, fading to a tie for 28th place in the 156-player field at The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark. Dunkle's 77-79 finish was disappointing, after he had opened the tournament with a 69-71 showing that left him tied for fourth. Even so, the top-30 finish was an achievement for a Ute program that had not sent a contestant to nationals in 13 years.

Dunkle struggled on the par-5 holes Monday, with three bogeys and a par, after starting the day in a tie for 11th.

The runner-up in the 2018 State Amateur and in the 2019 Pac-12 tournament, Dunkle has completed his amateur golf career. He's exempt for the first six events of the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. Dunkle missed the first tournament of the schedule, but will compete this week in Victoria, British Columbia.

Oklahoma State’s Matthew Wolff was the individual champion, leading the Cowboys to the top seed in the match play portion of the tournament, beginning Tuesday. Pac-12 champion Stanford was among the eight teams advancing to the quarterfinals.