Howey-In-The-Hills, FL – North Greenville Men’s Golf will tee off on Thursday morning in the NCAA D-II Southeast Regional. It is the second consecutive trip to the tournament for the team after winning back-to-back Conference Carolinas titles to secure a bid.
The Crusaders were one of the top teams in the region over the 2018-2019 calendar year but erased the need for an at-large bid to the tournament with an impressive six-stroke win at the conference championships two weeks ago. Austin Duncan led NGU with a tournament low 210 after three rounds, earning the tournament’s all-around title.
NGU turned in an impressive resume this season, finishing top five in six of the team’s nine competitions this season. Two of those top finishes were tournament winners. The tournament will combine teams from the south, and southeast regionals and is one of the toughest all-around fields around the entire country with Lincoln Memorial, Carson-Newman, and Limestone College all making appearances in the top-25.
The Crusaders are well equipped to handle the tough field with three players ranked inside the top 150 players in Division II. Leading the charge for North Greenville is Austin Duncan who is ranked the 61st best individual in the country. Duncan is averaging a 72.69 per round this season as a sophomore while playing the 76th toughest schedule in Division II.
Evans Lewis is 116th in the nation while Seth Robinson is currently ranked 127. Lewis’ average round thus far is 73.22 while Robertson is carding out at a 73.52 clip. North Greenville’s line-up for this week includes Duncan, Robertson, Lewis, as well as Josiah Ledford, and Alex Parker to round out the top five.
“We are excited as ever to be here competing again in the NCAA Regional at Mission Inn,” remarked head coach Robbie Edwards. “This is by far the hardest field that we will see all year, but we have been preparing well and playing well the last few weeks. If we play the way we are capable, we have as good a chance as any to make it to West Virginia for the National Championship. We have a great group of guys, and I am proud of all the hard work put in by everyone this season.”
This week’s tournament will start on Thursday and run through Saturday afternoon and will be played at Mission Resort & Club on the El Campeon Golf Course. The top three teams from each regional will advance to the national tournament. Live stats will be provided and can be found by following the link below.