Newberry College men's golf advances to national tournament
Wednesday, May 7, 2008

BELMONT, N.C. � For the first time in Newberry College men�s golf history, the Indians are heading to the NCAA Division II national tournament. Newberry qualified at the 2008 Southeast Regional tournament after the third and final round was completed at The Point Lake Golf Club in Belmont, N.C. on Wednesday afternoon.

With the first two rounds in the books, Newberry stood at 597 (293-304) through 36 holes and in fourth place heading into today�s play. The Indians had a strong third round with a stroke total of 294 to ensure a spot in Houston, Texas and a chance at a national championship.

The full tournament stroke total for Newberry was 891 and placed the Indians in third place in the Southeast Regional. To qualify for a spot at the national tournament, the Indians needed to either win the Southeast Regional or have one of the top three scores in the Southeast/Atlantic Super Regional.

The Indians� 891 beat out all but two teams in the field and pushed Newberry men�s golf into new and exciting territory. Also qualifying for the national tournament was Southeast Regional champion Georgia College and State University, Atlantic Regional champion Belmont Abbey College, the University of South Carolina-Aiken and Clayton State University.

All three teams that were not regional champions came from the Southeast Regional field. Newberry�s 27-over par team performance was fourth-best amongst the qualifying teams.

�This is the first time that Newberry men�s golf has ever made it to the national tournament,� said head coach and South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year Brian McCants, �It is very exciting.�

In a season that was highlighted by a SAC championship and qualifying for the regional tournament, Newberry golf is breaking new ground. �Winning conference and coming to regionals was phenomenal already,� said McCants, �But this is incredible.�

Individually, the Indians placed two golfers in the top ten. Freshmen Ben Lown (North Augusta, S.C.) finished with a three-day total of 219. After a first day round of 75 (+3), Lown churned out back-to-back even-par performances on Tuesday and Wednesday to complete play tied for sixth place. Lown overcame some early troubles on Wednesday with five birdies and finished with 11 birdies in three rounds at The Point Lake Golf Club.

Fellow freshman Daniel Stanley (Inman, S.C.) placed in a tie for 10th following a two-over par third round. Stanley started the tournament strong with a three-under par 69 on Monday on the strength of a pair of aces and a pair of birdies, but struggled to find his form in the second day. Daniel shot six-over par on Tuesday.

Stanley regained his stroke on Wednesday needing just 74 strokes in the final 18 holes. Finishing with a 74, Stanley�s three day total put him at 221.

John Allen Meetze (Chapin, S.C.) was also impressive during the regional tournament. The freshman completed Wednesday�s third round with an even-par performance and tied for 16th. Meetze shot 223 (73-78-72) for the tournament.

Freshman Stephen Holmes (Chapin, S.C.) tied for 27th and shot 231 (76-79-76) over three days. Sophomore Brandon Burnside (North Augusta, S.C.) shot a 238 (80-76-82) and finished in 37th.

�These boys deserve it,� said McCants, �They have worked hard, hung in, and battled each and every time out on the course. Through the final hole today that was evident.�

The Indians continue their season as the highest level of Division II golf is played at the Memorial Park Golf Club in Houston, Texas. Newberry will be leaving Sunday, May 10, in preparation for a pair of practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday. The Indians begin play Wednesday, May 13, in the four round, four-day national tournament.

2008 NCAA Southeast Regional Tournament
The Point Lake Golf Club    Belmont, N.C.

Final Results
1. Georgia College and State University   285  295  292  872
2. University of South Carolina-Aiken     297  287  301  885
3. Newberry College                       293  304  294  891
4. Clayton State University               296  304  301  901

5. Lander University                      294  302  306  902
6. Carson-Newman College                  300  302  308  910
7. Columbus State University              305  300  307  912
8. Armstrong Atlantic State University    310  309  299  928

2008 NCAA Atlantic Regional Tournament
The Point Lake Golf Club    Belmont, N.C.

Final Results
1. Belmont Abbey College                  294  293  302  889
2. Barton College                         307  292  305  904
3. Anderson University (S.C.)             303  307  299  909
4. Mount Olive College                    311  296  310  917
5. Coker College                          306  302  310  918
6. Fayetteville State University          311  300  319  930
7. Pfeiffer University                    313  322  303  938
8. Virginia State University              321  325  318  964

Italics denotes qualifier for national tournament.

Newberry Individual Finishers
 T6. Ben Lown           75  72  72  219   +3
T10. Daniel Stanley     69  78  74  221   +5
T16. John Allen Meetze  73  78  72  223   +7
T27. Stephen Holmes     76  79  76  231  +15
 37. Brandon Burnside   80  76  82  238  +22