MOORESVILLE, NC- Belmont Abbey College and Georgia College and State won its respective regionals to earn automatic bids to the NCAA Division II Men's Golf National Championships in Houston, Texas next week after completing three rounds of the NCAA Atlantic/Southeast Super Regionals at The Point Lake and Golf Club. Both schools led its regions wire-to-wire, as the Abbey won the Atlantic Region by 15 shots, while GCSU won the Southeast by 13 strokes. Also advancing to the nationals are Newberry, South Carolina Aiken and Clayton State, as they qualify for having the three lowest scores after the regional winners. Brad Robinson of Carson Newman qualified for the nationals as an individual, which is awarded to the lowest scoring individual from a team not advancing to the National Championships.
North Greenville’s Brandon Coggins finished 43rd. Coggins, representing NGU as an individual player, shot 82-82-86 for a three-round total of 250.
In the Southeast, Georgia College and State completed a three-day score of 872 (+8), winning by 13 shots over South Carolina Aiken. The Bobcats Niclas Johnasson won the individual title by posing a three-day score of 211 (-5), including a three-under 69 today. South Carolina Aiken was second with a 21 over par 285, while Newberry finished third with a 27 over par 891. Newberry advances to the National Championships for the first time in school history.
Clayton State finished fourth and qualified for the nationals by one shot over Lander. The Lakers posted a 37 over par 901 and had to wait in the clubhouse while Lander and Barton, which was tied with the Clayton State with three holes left, finished their rounds, but the Lakers score was enough to claim the last spot.
In the Atlantic Region, Belmont Abbey claimed the title for the second-straight year after it finished with a 25 over par 889, 15 strokes ahead of Barton. Anderson was third with a 45 over par 909, while Mount Olive was fourth at 917. The Atlantic Region posted the only hole-in-one of the tournament, as Marc Kourie aced the par three 15th.
The Crusaders were led by sophomore Connor Tomlinson, who finished second with a two over par 218, a score that was tied for sixth in both regions. Barton's Daniel Castleberry won the region individual title with a one over par 217, which included a two under par 70 this afternoon.