NCAA Men's Golf Regional ACCtion: May 19-21

May 22, 2011

FLORIDA REGION: Golden Ocala Golf Club, Ocala, Florida

Stillwater Here We Come! NC State finishes fourth at NCAA Florida Regional to advance to NCAA Final; Mitchell Sutton shares medalist honors with two others

No. 24 NC State is going back to the NCAA Men's Golf Championship after a fourth-place finish Saturday at the NCAA Florida Regional at Golden Ocala Golf Course.

Sophomore Mitchell Sutton earned a share of medalist honors at 10-under 206 with Augusta State’s Patrick Reed and Missouri’s Jace Long, who shot a 10-under 62 today.

The fifth-seeded Wolfpack shot a third and final-round team score of 2-under 286 to finish the 54-hole event at 9-under 855 at the par 72 course that covers 6,994 yards.

Sutton, an All-ACC selection in his second season at NC State, held the 36-hole lead after rounds of 68 and 67 on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Today he settled for a 1-over 71 that featured three birdies and two bogeys. The London, Ontario, native recorded 15 birdies in the tournament, and was never worse than bogey for 54 holes.

VIRGINIA TECH REGION: The Pete Dye River Course at Virginia Tech, Radford, Virginia

Blue Devils Claim Team Title at NCAA East Regional

The Duke men's golf team fired a closing round 280 (-8) to surpass ACC rival Georgia Tech to claim the NCAA East Regional team title on Saturday. Tim Gornik fired a career-best six-under 66 and Julian Suri added a four-under 68 to lead the Blue Devils to their first regional title in school history and their third tournament championship of the season.

Abraham Ancer (Oklahoma) won the individual crown with a six-under 210, while Kyle Scott (Georgia Tech), Sebastian Soderberg (Coastal Carolina) and James White (Georgia Tech) finished tied for second at four-under (212). Suri placed alone in fifth with a two-under 214, while Gornik was tied for eighth at even-par (216). Soderberg advances to the NCAA Championship as the low individual not on a qualifying team.

Gornik's six-under 66 on Saturday was a competitive course record at the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech (par 72, 7,685 yards). The sophomore from Ljubljana, Slovenia, opened the day with a birdie on the par 4 first hole and moved to two-under with a birdie on No. 3 (par 5). Gornik added birdies on No. 6 and No. 8 to make the turn at four-under. He came out strong after the turn with birdies on No. 10 and No. 12 to move to six-under. Following four straight pars, Gornik carded his seventh birdie of the round on the par 3 17th hole. He suffered his only bogey of the day on No. 18 when his par putt burned the edge of the cup.

Suri played bogey-free golf en route to a four-under 68 in the final round. The St. Augustine, Fla., native chipped in for birdie on No. 1 and nearly holed out from 130-yards on No. 2 before sinking a birdie putt to move to two-under. After parring the next six holes, Suri posted a tap-in birdie on the par 5 ninth hole to make the turn at three-under. He went on another six-hole par streak before carding a birdie on the par 5 16th hole to get to four-under. Suri finished par-par for his team-leading 10th under-par round and second top 5 finish of the season.

Georgia Tech Golfers Easily Qualify for NCAA Finals

James White fired a 4-under-par 68 Saturday, and Kyle Scott added a 1-under 71 as Georgia Tech posted its best round of the tournament, a 1-under 287 in the final round of the NCAA East Regional golf tournament, and the top-seeded Yellow Jackets easily qualified for the NCAA Championship finals.

Though the Yellow Jackets shot their best round of the regional, they were unable to hold off a hard-charging Duke team, which posted an 8-under 280, the best round for any team for the weekend, and captured first place with a 1-over 865 tournament total. Tech, which had a three-stroke lead to start the day, finished four shots back at 5-over 869.

White, an All-ACC choice whose 68 equaled his closing effort in three of his last four tournaments, concluded his best tournament since winning the Puerto Rico Classic in February and posted his seventh top-10 finish. The junior from Acworth, Ga., posted a tournament total of 4-under 212, tied for second place with his teammate, Scott, who finished as a runner-up for the third straight time this spring. The senior from Johannesburg, South Africa, also an All-ACC selection, has broken par in seven of his last eight rounds and recorded his sixth top-5 finish this year.

Hokies finish sixth

Duke shot a final round eight-under-par 280 and defeated conference rival Georgia Tech by four strokes to claim the team title at the NCAA Virginia Tech Regional at the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon.Oklahoma’s Abraham Ancer won medalist honors with a six-under-par 210.

The host Hokies had a strong push at the end, but finished six and missed advancing by three strokes. The fifth place and final advancing team was Kent State at 893, while the Hokies finished with a three-day total of 896.

Junior Blake Redmond was Tech’s top finisher, and shot a three-round total of three-over-par, 219. He tied for 10th place and finished nine strokes behind Ancer. Freshman Bryce Chalkley finished tied for 19th place.

UVa Men’s Golfers Finish Eighth at NCAA Regional

The 21st-ranked Virginia men's golf team could not recover from its poor first round performance and finished eighth at the NCAA East Regional held in Radford, Va. at the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers shot 10-over 298 during Saturday's final round for a three-day total of 36-over 900. The top five teams from the regional advanced to the NCAA Championships. UVa was seven shots behind fifth place Kent State (893).

Senior Will Collins led the Cavaliers with a 72 during the final round and finished 14th overall at 4-over 220. Henry Smart was 32nd at 225 including a 74 Saturday. Ben Kohles posted a 73 in the final round and was 37th at 227. Bruce Woodall shot 79 Saturday to place 45th at 230. Ben Rusch carded an 81 during the final round and was 63rd overall at 235.

INDIANA REGION: Wolf Run Golf Club, Zionsville, Indiana

Clutch Birdie Sends Lee Bedford To NCAA Championship

Wake Forest junior Lee Bedford made a clutch birdie at the final hole of the NCAA Central Regional to secure the individual qualifying spot and earn a berth to the NCAA Championship. Bedford's round of 2-under 69 led the Demon Deacons who finished with a final round 290 and tied for eighth. Bedford made eight pars and a birdie to make the turn at 1-under par. He fell back to even with a bogey at No. 1 but quickly got it back with a birdie at the par-5 third. Another birdie at No. 5 got him to 2-under but a bogey at No. 7 dropped him one shot behind David Chung of Stanford. Both players parred their 17th holes, Bedford No. 8 and Chung No. 17, and then Bedford birdied the ninth to slip past Chung who bogied the 18th.

Noles Golf Finishes 8th

The Florida State men's golf team fell short in its effort to earn a second consecutive bid the NCAA Division I Championship finals as it finished in a tie for eighth place at the NCAA Indiana Regional Championship at Wolf Run Golf Course as play in the event came to a close on Saturday. The Seminoles finished 17 strokes behind Iowa and Tennessee (who both finished in a tie for fourth place) in the race for one of the top five spots in the in the regional championship.

Regional champion Michigan will be joined by Alabama, Michigan, Iowa and Tennessee at the NCAA Division I Championship finals at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla. Luke Guthrie of Illinois and Lion Kim of Michigan finished tied for the individual championship with identical scores of eight under par 205. Lee Bedford of Wake Forest will represent the region as the top individual finisher who was not on one of the top five team who advanced to play in the championship finals. The team and individual championship in the sport of men's golf will be decided May 31-June 5. Augusta State, which qualified from the NCAA Florida Regional Championship, will return to the championship finals as they look to defend the title Jaguars won in 2010.

COLORADO REGION: Colorado National Golf Club, Erie, Colorado

Clemson Finishes 7th at NCAA Regional

Crawford Reeves fired a two under par 70 to record a top 10 individual finish, but the Clemson Tigers failed to advance from the Central Regional at Erie, CO on Saturday.

Clemson finished seventh among the 13 teams at the Colorado National Golf Club with a score of five under par 861. Clemson finished in seventh place, but just shots out of fifth place. Clemson was two shots off the cut line for most of the last three hours of play and just could not get over the hump on the final holes.

Reeves had the top round of the day with a two under par 70. He finished the tournament at five under par 211 for the 54 holes, good enough for sixth place. It was his third top 10 finish in the last five events. He had four birdies and two bogeys on Saturday.

Carolina's McGowan Ties For 24th At NCAA South Central-Colorado Regional

University of North Carolina golfer Michael McGowan finished tied for 24th place at even par 216 at the NCAA South Central-Colorado Regional. McGowan, competing as an individual, fired a one-over 73 on Saturday and missed the cut to the NCAA Championships.

McGowan, a sophomore from Southern Pines, N.C., carded three bogies and two birdies in the final round. After teeing off on the 10th tee, he finished his front nine at 1-under-par, but had two bogies on his back nine to finish at 1-over for the day.