MESA, Ariz. – Tyler Pearson fought to the finish in the final round of his Red Wolf golf career.

Pearson, a recent Indiana University East graduate, shot a 76 in the second round of the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship on May 22. Pearson concluded his national tournament appearance with a 36-hole score of 159 on the par-71, 6,925-yard “Hilly Desert Course” at Las Sendas Golf Club. He finished in 94th place. The top 40 individuals advanced to the final two rounds of the 72-hole event.

“Despite not bringing my best game, it was a great experience getting to experience Las Sendas and the national championship. Playing and competing in this Arizona setting will be something I’ll remember forever,” Pearson said. “Today’s round was a definite improvement, and I’ll definitely pull some positives from it.”

Pearson was on course bright and early at 6:30 a.m. on May 22 to complete the last two holes of his opening round. The first round had been suspended due to darkness on May 21. He began his second round a few hours after wrapping up Round 1.

Pearson moved up 19 spots on the leaderboard in the second round.

Pearson is the second IU East player to take part in the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship.

Pearson concludes his IU East career program record-holder for lowest 18-hole single-season average, lowest 18-hole career average and most tournaments won.

Ben Hadden from Kansas Wesleyan University is the individual leader with a 36-hole score of 138.