NCAA Men's Golf ACCtion: Saturday, May 18

May 18, 2013

COLUMBUS REGIONAL: 1. New Mexico 870; 6. Virginia 882

McCarthy Grabs Individual Berth to NCAA Championships

Columbus, Ohio - Virginia sophomore golfer Denny McCarthy will participate in the NCAA Championships after earning the individual berth from the NCAA Regional that wrapped up Saturday at the Ohio State Golf Club's Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. Unfortunately, his teammates will not join him in Atlanta in two weeks after they came up just short in their comeback effort to earn a team bid.

McCarthy shot a tournament-best 5-under 66 during Saturday's final round to vault from 20th place to a tie for second. He completed the 54-hole event at 1-over 214. McCarthy shared runner-up honors with Auburn's Dominic Bozzelli and South Carolina's Matthew NeSmith. New Mexico's James Erkenbeck took medalist honors at 3-under 210.

The top five teams from the regional and top individual not participating on those teams advanced to the NCAA Championships which will take place May 28 to June 2 at The Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga. The individual champion will be decided based on the first three days of stroke play.

Top-seeded New Mexico won the Columbus Regional at 18-over 870. The fifth-ranked Lobos advanced to the NCAA Championships along with No. 18 Auburn (872), No. 20 South Carolina (872), No. 32 UNLV (878) and No. 41 Texas Tech (879).

TALLAHASSEE REGIONAL 1. North Florida 830; 3. Florida State 836; 4. Georgia Tech 849; 9. NC State 874; 10. Wake Forest 878

Seminoles Finish With a 28-under 836 to Place Third

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -For the third time in four years, the Seminoles are advancing to the NCAA Men's Golf Championships after shooting a 5-under 283 on Saturday to finish third. Senior Chase Seiffert led the No. 12 Seminoles to finish the tournament tied for second with a 12-under 204.

For the past three days, each Seminole contributed to the team score and the final round was no different. Seiffert and freshman Rowin Caron both carded 2-under 70s to help the team stay in third place at the par 72 Golden Eagle Country Club.

The team flirted with first place in the middle of the round but finished three strokes behind second place and sixth-ranked Washington and six behind first place No. 19 North Florida.

Seiffert's strong play was consistent as he posted all birdies on holes nine and 15 though the 54-hole tournament. He finished in front of the home crowd with a birdie on 18 as the Seminole faithful cheered on the team.


Fourth-Place Finish Enough for Yellow Jackets to Advance to NCAA Championship

Tallahassee, Fla. - Bo Andrews played flawlessly over the final 16 holes and shot a 4-under-par 68 Saturday, lifting 7th-ranked Georgia Tech to a 3-under-par final round of 285 and a fourth-place finish in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional. The Yellow Jackets have advanced to play in the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship beginning May 28.

No. 19 North Florida, which shot 7-under-par 281 Saturday, No. 6 Washington 6-under 282) and No. 14 Florida State (5-under 283) held true to form Saturday with good rounds and finished 1-2-3. The Ospreys finished 54 holes at 34-under 830, to win the regional by three shots over the Huskies (833, -31) and by six over the host Seminoles (836, -28).

Tech, which was 7-under for its round and 19-under for the tournament at one point Saturday, had some hiccups on the final three holes and finished at 15-under 849.

Oklahoma won a playoff over South Florida for the final qualifying spot after the Bulls played the par-5 final hole four shots under par to tie the Sooners. Oregon State, which shot the best round of the day at 10-under 278, finished one shot out of the playoff.

The top five teams from each of the six regional tournaments being held around the country this weekend will make up the 30-team field for the NCAA Championship, which will be held May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club's Crabapple Course in Milton, Ga.


Wolfpack Ends Season at NCAA Regionals

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The NC State men's golf team had its season come to an end on Saturday after finishing ninth at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional at Golden Eagle Country Club.

The top-five teams move on to the NCAA Championship next week in Atlanta, Ga. The Wolfpack shot a final-round score of 4-over 292 on Saturday, and finished the 54-hole event at 10-over 874 at the par-72, 6,965-yard course.

Freshman Carter Page capped his first season with NC State by firing a 4-under 68, his low round of the season. Page wound up tied for 32nd at 1-over 217.

Junior Logan Harrell, who led the Pack through 36 holes, shot a 3-over 75 today to tie Page at 217 for the tournament.

Junior Albin Choi shot 4-over 76 in what ends up being his final round as a member of the Wolfpack. He tied for 54th at 7-over 223. The All-American from Toronto, Ontario, has already announced that he will turn professional this summer.


Deacons Finish 10th at NCAA East Regional

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Wake Forest men's golf team carded a final round 298 at the NCAA East Regional and finished in 10th place in the 13-team field.

Senior Evan Beck led the team on the weekend as he finished at even-par 216 and tied for 29th. Beck ends a stellar Demon Deacon career with a 73.3 scoring average.

Fellow senior Charlie Harrison and freshman Davis Womble each shot a final round 74 and finished tied for 42nd at 4-over par. Both players made three birdies in their round on Saturday.

Junior Thomas Birdsey made an eagle at the par-5 15th and a closing birdie at the par-5 ninth to post a 1-over 73, which was the lowest round of the day for the Demon Deacons. He finished the tournament at 8-over par and tied for 56th.

Junior John Varol ran into some trouble midway through the round on Saturday and would finish with a 78. He was 13-over par for the 54-holes and tied for 70th.

There was a good battle between the top three teams in the standings, with North Florida coming away with a three-shot victory over Washington. UNF was 34-under for the tournament while Washington was 31-under and host Florida State finished was third at 28-under.

TEMPE REGIONAL 1. UCLA 810; T7. Duke 850; 9. North Carolina 852; T12. Clemson 859

Duke Finishes Tied for Seventh at NCAA Regional

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Duke men's golf team, ranked seventh in the Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Poll, finished tied for seventh with a 10-over 850 at the NCAA Tempe Regional. Adam Sumrall led the Blue Devils with a one-under 69 as the team shot a 10-over 292 Saturday.

UCLA claimed the regional victory after firing a 30-under 810. The Bruins led wire-to-wire in recording a 17-shot victory. Central Florida (-13, 827), Georgia (-13, 827), Texas A&M (-11, 829) and host Arizona State (-8, 832) also advanced to the 2013 NCAA Championship by virtue of top 5 finishes. Austin Peay's Dustin Korte moves on to the NCAA Championship as the top individual finisher not on a previously advancing team. He posted a six-under 204 to finish eighth overall.

Greg Eason (Central Florida) claimed medalist honors with a 12-under 198, four shots better than Jonathan Garrick (UCLA) and Ricardo Gouveia (Central Florida) at eight-under. Four players were tied for fourth at seven-under, while senior Brinson Paolini finished tied for 13th with a three-under 207 for the Blue Devils.

Sumrall, a senior from South Bend, Ind., fired a one-under 69 Saturday. He parred the first six holes before moving to one-under with a birdie on the par 3 seventh hole. Following six more pars, Sumrall birdied No. 14 (par 5) to move to two-under on the day. He suffered a bogey on the final hole to close with a 69 (-1). Sumrall concluded the Tempe Regional tied for 20th with a one-under 209.


Tar Heels Finish 9th at NCAA Tempe Regional

TEMPE, Ariz. - The University of North Carolina men's golf team fired an 11-over-par 291 to finish in ninth place at the NCAA Tempe Regional with a 12-over 852 total. Carolina's season comes to an end as just the top five teams advance on to the NCAA Championships. The Tar Heels were led in the final round by senior Michael McGowan who carded a 2-under 68 to round out his college career.

McGowan, who has been a starter throughout his four-year career, scored three birdies and just one bogey en route to his 2-under 68.  The departing senior ended his collegiate playing days with a birdie-3 on the par-4 9th hole (his 18th hole).  The Southern Pines, N.C., native carded an even par 210 total to tie for 24th place.

Sophomore Brandon Dalinka finished four strokes ahead of McGowan in the individual race, tying for 10th place with a 4-under 206 total. The native of Newtown, Pa., fired a 1-over 71 in the final round posting two birdies and three bogeys.


Clemson Finishes Tied for 12th  in NCAA Regional

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PULLMAN REGIONAL 1. California 821; T10. Virginia Tech 861

Hokies Tie for 10th at NCAA Pullman Regional

PULLMAN, Wash. – Virginia Tech shot a three-day total of three-under-par 861 and tied with Baylor for 10th place at the NCAA Pullman Regional on Saturday afternoon. The event was played at the par-72, 7,308-yard Palouse Ridge Golf Course on the campus of Washington State University.

The Hokies shot an 11-under-par 277 in Thursday’s first round and followed that with an even-par 288 in the second round, played Friday. Tech shot an eight-over-par 296 in Saturday’s final round.

Junior Bryce Chalkley and freshman Maclain Huge each shot a five-under-par 211 and finished in a tie for 11th place individually. They finished nine strokes behind co-medalist Sam Smith of Southern California and Michael Weaver of California. The Hokie duo also finished two strokes behind Rodolfo Cazaubon of North Texas, who advanced to the NCAA Championship by virtue of being the lowest scoring individual from a non-advancing team.

Senior Mikey Moyers tied for 49th place at 219. Sophomores and Trevor Cone tied for 64th at 225.