Men's Golf NCAA Regional ACCtion: May 20-22

May 23, 2010

Southeast Regional

Clemson Finishes Second at NCAA Southeast Regional

ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Ben Martin fired a one-under-par 69 on Saturday to lead the Clemson golf team to a second-place finish out of 13 teams at the NCAA Southeast Regional at the Capital City Grabapple Course in Alpharetta, GA. The Tigers now advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, TN June 1-5.

The top five teams from the Southeast Regional advanced to the national tournament. Oklahoma State finished first with a score of 841, while the Tigers were second at 843. The two-stroke margin was the same margin Clemson defeated Oklahoma State by seven years ago at the NCAA Championships at Oklahoma State's home course.

Georgia Tech finished third at 845, while Arizona State and Georgia Southern tied for fourth and will advance to the NCAA National Tournament at Chattonooga,TN. This marks the 26th time in the last 29 years that Clemson has made the NCAA National tournament the 24th time in the 27 years Larry Penley has been the Clemson head coach. Saturday's strong finish erased the disappointment of last year when Clemson was the number-one seed at the East Regional in Galloway, NJ, but finished ninth at the regional and missed the national tournament.

Georgia Tech Finishes Third, Advances to NCAA Championship

ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Oklahoma State, paced by individual medalist Peter Uihlein, played consistent golf for the third straight day to win the NCAA Southeast Regional here Saturday at the Capital City Club's Crabapple Course.

The Cowboys, the regional's No. 1 seed, won an NCAA regional for a record eighth time and lead a group of five teams from the Southeast Regional that will advance to the NCAA Championships June 1-6 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Oklahoma State shot a 54-hole cumulative total of 841 (+1) on the par 70, 7,182-yard layout about 20 miles outside of Atlanta to hold off Clemson (+3) and regional host Georgia Tech (+5) for the regional crown. Arizona State (+23) and Georgia Southern (+23) tied for fourth. All five teams earn automatic berths to the NCAA Championships.

Wake Forest Ends Season At NCAA Regionals

ALPHARETTA, Ga. - The Wake Forest men's golf team needed a great round on Saturday to move into the top-5 and earn a spot in the NCAA Championships. Despite a good start, the Deacons just couldn't finish it off as they posted a 286 and finished ninth at 29-over par.

Wake got a pair of birdies from freshman Evan Beck and solid starts from the other four to make the turn Saturday at 1-under par. Coming into the day, the Deacs trailed BYU and South Alabama by six shots and had trimmed the advantage to just two at the turn.

The margin stayed around two midway through the second nine but a tough finish dropped the Deacs right back to where they started the day at six-shots off the pace.

"Coming into the day, we wanted a shot on the second nine and we had it but we just didn't have a good finish," said Wake Forest head coach Jerry Haas. "The guys came out focused today and got off to a good start. It's just disappointing knowing that our season is over."

Central Regional

Florida State Advances To NCAA Finals

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Florida State men's golf team - led by individual medalist Drew Kittleson -- advanced to the NCAA Championship finals with a second place finish at the NCAA Central Region Championship on the Warren Course at the University Notre Dame as play in the event concluded Saturday. The Seminoles advanced to the NCAA Championship finals for the first time since 2007, for the second time under head coach Trey Jones and for the 19th time in school history since making their first appearance in 1956. The Championship finals will be played at the Honors Course at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga June 1-4.

Kittleson was outstanding throughout the three round tournament with scores of 69-67-68 for a six under par total of 204. He was followed in the individual standings by sophomore Wesley Graham, who finished in a tie for second in the individual standings with scores of 67-69-70 for a five under par score of 205. Freshman Michael Hebert came within one stroke of tying the school record for lowest single round score with a six under par score of 64 in the final round and finished in a tie for 11th place with a one under par total of 209.

Duke Finishes Fourth to Advance to NCAA Championship

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Duke fired a 10-under 270 on Saturday in the final round of the NCAA Central Regional to climb finish fourth overall with a 54-hole total of 839 (-1). Senior Adam Long and freshman Brinson Paolini posted matching five-under 65s, tied for the second-lowest round of the tournament.

"Our guys gave themselves a lot of opportunities today," said head coach Jamie Green. "The first couple of holes on the back nine are the toughest on the golf course, so to get through those with your head above water enables you to make some moves later in the round. The stretch on the front nine from holes 3-5 was an area were you could go get the golf course and we were able to take advantage of it and post a bunch of red numbers. We put ourselves in good position by playing steady, confident and solid golf to move up the leaderboard."

Virginia Tech's Bailey Advances to NCAA Championship

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Virginia Tech junior Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Virginia) won a playoff hole against Matt Thompson of Michigan and advanced to the 2010 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship at the Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee, June 1-6.

Bailey shot a final round four-under-par 66 to tie Thompson as the low individual not on an advancing team at 208. Bailey hit his second shot on the par-4 10th hole into the water, but rallied for a bogey, good enough to win the hole and the playoff. The NCAA Central Regional was played at the 7,023-yard, par 70 Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Indiana on Thursday through Saturday.

Virginia Tech shot a three-round total of 15-over-par 855 and finished in 10th place. Tech shot a 288 to complete Friday’s suspended second round and a 283 in the final round on Saturday.

NC State Ends Season at NCAA Regionals

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The NC State men’s golf season came to an end this weekend, as the Pack finished 11th at the NCAA Central Regional Championship in South Bend, Ind. The Pack finished the three rounds at 19-over (289-283-287=859) and missed out on being one of the five teams that advanced to the NCAA Championships.

The five teams advancing to the NCAA Championship (June 1-6 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.) from the Central Regional are: Stanford, Florida State, Florida, Duke, LSU

The individual qualifier for the NCAA Championship from the Central Regional is Virginia Tech's Marshall Bailey, who shot a two-under 208 and tied Michigan's Matt Thompson as the low individual on a non-advancing team. Bailey then defeated Thompson on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to earn the individual berth.

South Central Regional

Carolina Golfers Finish 12th At NCAA South Central Regional

BRYAN, Texas - The North Carolina men's golf team carded a 10-over-par 298 in the final round of the NCAA South Central Regional to finish in 12th place and failing to advance on to the NCAA Championships. Two Tar Heels, Jack Fields and Kevin O'Connell, led Carolina by firing a one-over-par 73 in Saturday's final round played at the Traditions Golf Club.

Both Fields and O'Connell were one-under with three holes to play, but Fields, a sophomore from Southern Pines, N.C., carded a double-bogey six on the seventh hole (his 16th hole) while O'Connell, a junior from Cary, N.C., posted bogeys on the seventh and eighth holes (his 16th and 17th holes). Fields finished with a six-over 222 total to tie for 36th place while O'Connell posted a 233 total to finish tied for 62nd. Freshman Michael McGowan, also from Southern Pines, carded a four-over 76 for the second consecutive day to finish at 10-over 226 in a tie for 49th place. Senior Chase MacFarland, from Savannah, Ga., rounded out his college career with a six-over 78 for the second day in row to finish with a 238 total in 69th place. Junior Henry Zaytoun III, from Raleigh, N.C., carded a four-over 76 on Saturday to finish 70th with a 240 total.

East Regional

Wild Finish Sends UVa to NCAA Championships

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – An unbelievable finish at the NCAA East Regional Championship in New Haven, Conn. allowed the 19th-ranked Virginia men’s golf team to place fifth in the 14-team field and claim the final qualifying spot for this year’s NCAA championships.

The top five teams from six regional sites advance to the national championships.

Having completed their final round Saturday, the Cavaliers found themselves in sixth place at 3-over 843, two shots behind South Carolina which had one competitor left on The Course at Yale.

All the Gamecocks needed on their final hole, the par-3 ninth, was a bogey from their top player, Wesley Bryan, to clinch fifth place and the final spot from the field for the NCAAs. Bryan was 6-under par on the day as he prepared to hit his final tee shot. “Our players were a little upset, so they went to the clubhouse to get something to eat and I walked over to the ninth hole to watch South Carolina finish up,” said Virginia head coach Bowen Sargent.