NCAA Men's Golf Regional ACCtion: May 17-19
May 19, 2012
NORMAN REGION: Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club; Norman, Okla.
The Florida State men's golf team finished in a tie for third place in the NCAA Southwest Regional Championships and advanced to the NCAA Championships May 29-June 3 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. It marks the second time in the last three seasons the Seminoles have advanced to the championship round of the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship. Florida State finished in third place in the final standings of the National Championships in 2009.
The Seminoles finished in a tie for third place in the final standings of the 2012 Southwest Regional Championships and advanced along with first placed Washington, second placed Texas, Illinois (tied for third) and fifth placed Oklahoma. Those five schools will be joined by the top five teams from the five other regional championships as the 30 teams who will compete for the coveted title of national champion during the final week of the collegiate golf season.
"To say I am proud of this team is an understatement," said head coach Trey Jones. "In our last five rounds we have had five different guys step up and have the team's low round. This week Brooks (Koepka) got us off to a good start. Daniel (Berger) played a great round yesterday and Wesley (Graham) came through in a bag way today. This is a no excuses teams and while they struggled with the course and the conditions, it never got the best of them."
The Seminoles finished comfortably inside of the cut to advance as one of the top five teams as they finished three strokes ahead of fifth placed Oklahoma and 13 strokes ahead of sixth placed Georgia Tech (the 2012 ACC Champion). Florida State's tied for third place finish in this regional championship is the second best in school history behind only the Seminoles' second place finish at the NCAA Central Regional Championship at Notre Dame in 2010. The tied for third place finish is the second highest regional finish under Jones.
Freshman Anders Albertson shot a 1-over-par 73 Saturday, but the rest of the Yellow Jackets had difficulty handling the extremely windy conditions, and 9th-ranked finished sixth at the NCAA Southwest Regional, nine strokes out of a qualifying finish for the NCAA Championship finals.
Scores skyrocketed across the board Saturday in winds that consistently blew 21 miles per hour and gusted to 31 at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. Third-seeded Washington and top-seeded Texas handled it better than the rest of the field, posting rounds of 293 (+5) and 292 (+4) for the day to finish 1-2 in the standings.
The 13th-ranked Huskies completed 54 holes in 4-under-par 860, while the Longhorns finished even-par 864. Florida State (+7), Illinois (+7) and host Oklahoma (+10) captured the other three qualifying spots.
The top five finishers in each of the six regional tournaments being contested this weekend advance to the NCAA Championship, which begins May 29 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The Yellow Jackets failed to advance for only the second time in 22 regional appearances dating back to 1989, bringing an end to their season.
GREENSBORO REGION: Grandover Resort & Conference Center; Greensboro, N.C.
The Duke men's golf team posted a one-over 289 on Sunday to finish sixth at the NCAA East Regional with a +17, 881. The Blue Devils closed the event three shots back of fifth place with the top five teams advancing on to the NCAA Championship at Riviera Country Club.
"The guys really set their jaws over the last two rounds and played with a lot of commitment and determination," said head coach Jamie Green. "That allowed us to knock on the door and scratch and claw to try to get one of those last spots. Unfortunately, we couldn't quite get far enough out of the hole that we dug in the first round. I could not be more proud of how they played over the last two rounds."
Duke's four-over 580 over the final two rounds of the tournament was third-best score in the 14-team field but not quite enough to overcome an opening round 301.
Liberty captured the NCAA East Regional title with a four-over 868 with Florida finishing two shots back. Auburn (+10, 874), Lamar (+13, 877) and Tulsa (+14, 878) also finished in the top five to advance to the NCAA Championship.
BOWLING GREEN REGION: The Club at Olde Stone; Bowling Green, Ky.
Virginia Tech shot a three-round total of nine-over-par 873 and finished in fourth place at the NCAA South Central Regional in Bowling Green Ky. With the fourth place finish, the Hokies advance to the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship, to be played at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Ca., May 29 through June 3.
The Hokies shot rounds of 297, 286 and 290 for the week. The tournament, hosted by Western Kentucky University, was played at the 7,248-yard, par 72 Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Ky.
Freshman Scott Vincent (Harare, Zimbabwe) shot a three-day total of five-under-par 211 and tied for third place overall. He trailed medalist Stephan Jaeger of Chattanooga by eight strokes. This is Vincent's best-ever finish as a collegiate player.
Senior Blake Redmond (Sugar Land, Texas) finished tied for 23rd place at 221 and sophomore Bryce Chalkley (Richmond, Va.) finished tied for 29th at 223. Junior Mikey Moyers (Stanardsville, Va.) tied for 40th at 225 and freshman Trevor Cone (Concord, N.C.) finished tied for 43rd at 226.
McCuen Elmore shot a one under par 71 in his final round as a Clemson golfer, but it was not enough to bring Clemson above the five-team cutline at the NCAA regional in Bowling Green, KY. Clemson's season ended Saturday with an 11th place team finish in the 14-team South Central Regional at Olde Stone Golf Club.
The top five teams advance from each of six regionals from around the country. Clemson was seven shots behind the cutline entering Saturday's final round. A two under par team round would have gotten the Tigers into a playoff, but a poor start doomed the Tigers. Clemson was six over par in its first hour of play and the Tigers went on to a 297 team round on Saturday and finished at 23 over par as a team, 11 shots off the fifth-place cutline held by the University of Memphis.
Chattanooga won the regional championship with an 859 team score. Texas A&M was second at 860 and UCLA was third at 863. Virginia Tech, who Clemson had beaten in three previous tournaments this year, finished fourth at 874. Memphis scored 876.
It was a regional with upsets. Clemson did not make the top five after being seeded fourth in the regional going into the tournament. Second seeded Arkansas and fifth seeded North Texas also failed to advance.
ATHENS REGION: University of Georgia Golf Course; Athens, Ga.
The Wake Forest men's golf team came into the final round of the NCAA Regional at the University of Georgia Golf Club with a chance to advance to the finals, but a final round 302 left the Deacs in 11th place and ended their run.
Wake Forest was just three shots out of the fifth and final qualifying spot entering the day. A tough start got the Deacons off on the wrong foot and they never really got on track. Wake posted a final round 302 and finished in 11th place at 28-over par.
Junior Evan Beck had struggled a bit this spring but played a very nice tournament this weekend. He was even-par through 36 holes and got off to a solid start on Saturday. He countered a double-bogey at his third hole of the day with a pair of birdies and remained even-par through 13 holes. However, three bogeys down the stretch left him with a final round 74. Beck finished in a tie for 18th at 3-over par.
Senior Lee Bedford completed his final round as a Demon Deacon on Saturday. Like Beck, Bedford had navigated the first 36 holes at even par but Saturday was not his day. He posted a final round 6-over 77 and finished in a tie for 29th.
ANN ARBOR REGION: U-M Golf Course; Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sophomore Albin Choi was far-and-away the best golfer at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional over the last three days and for it he is takes home medalist honors with a score of 10-under 203, and earns a spot in the NCAA Championship field.
The tenth-seeded Wolfpack, however, fell one place short of advancing to the NCAA Championship as the club finished in a tie for sixth with Notre Dame at 7-over 859. The low five teams, and Choi, move on to historic Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., May 29-June 3.
NC State scored a final round 3-over 287, and wound up 10 shots out of fifth from the U-M Golf Course, a par-71, 6,723-yard layout on the campus of the University of Michigan.
Choi becomes the 13 player in program history to advance to the NCAA Championship as an individual dating back to 1965, and the first since Matt Hill won the national championship at The Inverness Club back in 2009 in Toledo, Ohio.
The Virginia men's golf team placed three players on the All-ACC team this season for the first time in the program's history. That trio of Ben Kohles, Ben Rusch and Denny McCarthy posted stellar final round efforts at the NCAA Central Regional in Ann Arbor, Mich., to help the Cavaliers qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Virginia shot 6-under 278 Saturday, the day's lowest team score, to place fourth at the regional. The Cavaliers' 54-hole total was 6-under 846 at the University of Michigan Golf Course. The top five schools from the 13-team field advanced to this year's NCAA Championships set for May 29 to June 3 at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Virginia entered the final round in fifth place, just one stroke ahead of Notre Dame.
"We had a team meeting last night and I wanted to try and alleviate some of the pressure," said Virginia coach Bowen Sargent. "I told them to look around the room. We had a two-time ACC player of the year (Kohles), the ACC champion (Rusch), the ACC freshman of the year (McCarthy) and two guys (Bruce Woodall and Ji Soo Park) who had just won U.S. Open qualifying tournaments. I told them to lean on each other. We have five really good players. They went out there today and got it done in what is easily our most pressure-packed round of the year."