Newberry concludes season at NCAA men's golf super regionals
Wednesday, May 3, 2006 | by Team completes best season in school history

CONCORD, N.C. - The Newberry College men's golf team, which advanced to the NCAA Atlantic/Southeast Super Regional at the Rocky River Golf Club on the strength of a second place finish at the South Atlantic Conference Championships, concluded its season today at the Super Regional's final round.

Pfeiffer, Coker, and Barton from the Atlantic Region will join defending national champion USC Aiken and Columbus State from the Southeast Region at the Glade Springs Resort in Daniels, West Virginia, in the finals of the men's golf championship.

A long shot to even make the NCAA tournament field, head coach Brian McCants' golfers showed admirable fighting spirit, personified by junior Brian Rush (Duncan, S.C.).  Following the second round, Rush's knee was heavily iced and it appeared unlikely that he would be able to compete on the last day.  Not only did he compete, but he matched his team-best two-over-par that he fired on day one.  His twelve-over for the tournament was good for a share of 14th place.

"I can't say enough about the guys, although I'd like to have shot better than a 308-315-308, but we've had a record-setting year and I'm proud of that," McCants said.  "The season had to end sometime, and although we'd like to have gone to nationals, we can't complain about the year we've had.  It's been fun and challenging and rewarding.

"My thought process was that we'd progress to the point that we'd be able to reach regionals next year (2006-07).  From that timeline then, we're a year ahead of schedule.  Now that we've had a taste of success, I know our guys will work hard to get back here, and go one step farther, next year."

While Newberry finished eighth among Southeast Region teams, it did finish with a lower score than three teams from the Atlantic Region, effectively making the Indians 13th out of 16 teams at the Rocky River Golf Club.

Only two seniors will depart from this year's squad, and all five NCAA tournament participants will return, four of them for their senior seasons.

Fin School                    Day1 Day2 Day3 Total
 1  South Carolina-Aiken  +11  290  295  290  875 
 2  Columbus State U.     +48  302  305  305  912 
 3  Georgia Coll & St. U  +49  302  303  308  913 
 4  Armstrong Atlantic U  +51  305  300  310  915 
T5  Lenoir-Rhyne College  +53  313  303  301  917 
T5  UNC Pembroke          +53  306  306  305  917 
 7  USC Upstate           +58  304  314  304  922 
 8  Newberry College      +67  308  315  308  931

Newberry Results
T14   Brian Rush          +12   74   80   74  228 
T22   Billy Burrows       +16   76   77   79  232 
T25   Hunter Mengel       +17   78   78   77  233 
T36   Justin Chrisley     +24   80   80   80  240 
 45   Daniel Lee          +30   88   80   78  246