Story Courtesy of Cameron University Sports Information
DUNCAN, Okla. – It would be easy to confuse the list of participating teams in this week’s NCAA Division II men’s golf South/South Central Super Regional with the latest Top 25 poll. Especially since most of the schools on the former also appear on the latter.
Many of the top collegiate golf teams in the nation will converge on The Territory Golf Club near Duncan to take part in this year’s 16-team event, hosted by Cameron University. The top eight teams from the South and South Central regions, along with the top five individuals in each region not on a selected team, will compete in the 54-hole event over three days beginning Monday. The winner of each regional tournament and the top individual not on the winning team within the super regional will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championships May 15-19, in Daniels, W.Va. Three additional teams with the next lowest scores in the combined Super Regional field will also receive at-large berths to the national tournament.
Lynn University enters as the favorite to claim the South Region title. The Fighting Knights are currently ranked No. 3 in the GolfStat NCAA Division II head-to-head rankings, while also holding down the No. 3 spot in the Golf Coaches Association of America Top 25 coaches poll. Florida Southern College, No. 4 head-to-head and tied with Lynn at No. 3 in the coaches poll, also figures to be a factor in the South Region. Fifth-ranked West Florida and No. 9 Rollins College round out the top half of the South Region field.
Other teams vying for the South title (with GolfStat rankings) are: Barry University (19), Eckerd College (26), Valdosta State (25), and North Alabama (27). Individuals competing in the South Region are Justin Regier and Jonas DeWitte of Florida Tech, Drew Pierson of Florida Gulf Coast University, Central Arkansas’ Ryan Lecuyer and Michael Wangsness of Nova Southeastern University.
In the South Central Region, eighth-ranked Central Oklahoma is the odds-on favorite despite a playoff loss to No. 11 Northeastern State two weeks ago at the Lone Star Conference Championships. Host Cameron University, which finished just one stroke out of the playoff at the LSC meet, is ranked No. 14 in by GolfStat and enters as the third seed in the region, followed by 17th-ranked St. Mary’s University and No. 15 St. Edward’s University.
Western New Mexico University (No. 31 according to GolfStat), Abilene Christian University (40), and East Central University (59) round out the South Central field. Individual competitors in the South Central regional include Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Greg Koch, Nickolas Larson of Montana State-Billings, Blake Worden of Texas A&M-Commerce and Dallas Baptist University’s Aaron Bradshaw and Cameron Nofi.
In all, 13 of the top 25 teams in the country according to the GolfStat head-to-head rankings – including eight of the top 15 – will be competing at The Territory Golf Club this week. Action begins with Monday’s opening round and continues through Wednesday. Teams will play 18 holes each day. Fans will be able to keep up with all of the action through “live scoring” available on the internet throughout the tournament. Log on to the official Cameron Athletics website, Cameron Athletics
, and follow the links to the 2006 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf South/South Central Super Regional homepage. The page contains links to GolfStat’s live scoring, along with other tournament information that will be updated throughout the event.