MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. - The Newberry College men's golf team is tied for ninth place after the first round of the 2009 NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional at the Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals course.
Newberry, which has won the last two South Atlantic Conference, shot a 5-over par 293 in the opening round on the par 72, 7,126-yard course, tying the scarlet and gray with Barton College.
SAC Freshman of the Year Matthew Campbell (Rome, N.Y.) leads Newberry after shooting a 1-under par 71 in the first round. He is in an eight-way tie for ninth place individually.
Ben Lown (North Augusta, S.C.) is not far behind, carding an even par 72 to tie him for 17th, while Daniel Stanley (Inman, S.C.) shot a 1-over par 73 to place him in a tie for 29th place.
Stephen Holmes (Chapin, S.C.) rounded out the team score with a 5-over par 77, while Brandon Burnside (North Augusta, S.C.) carded an 11-over par 83.
The University of North Alabama - the host institution playing on its home course - leads the tournament after shooting a 7-under par 281, while Lynn University is in second place with a 3-under par 285. Lynn's Chris Goldan leads the individual competition with a 5-under par 67, while the UNA duo of Jake Greer and Brett Munson are tied for second with 4-under par 68's.
The team competition is very tight after the first round, requiring a very consistent performance to finish in the national tournament placements in this very tough region. A five-stroke swing in either direction could have put Newberry anywhere from third to 14th today.
Following the three rounds of the Super Regional competition, the top five teams and the top two individuals not with a team from each super regional (regardless of region) will advance to the finals May 19-22 at Loomis Trail Golf Club in Blaine, Wash. The finals will be hosted by Western Washington University.
NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional
Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Par: 72 Yardage: 7,126
1. Univ. of North Alabama 281 -7
2. Lynn Univ. 285 -3
3. Barry Univ. 288 E
4. Univ. of West Florida 289 +1
T5. Columbus St. Univ. 290 +2
Georgia College & St. Univ. 290 +2
T7. Valdosta St. Univ. 292 +4
Nova Southeastern Univ. 292 +4
T9. Barton College 293 +5
NEWBERRY COLLEGE 293 +5
T11. Lander Univ. 296 +8
Florida Southern College 296 +8
13. USC Aiken 297 +7
14. Rollins College 300 +12
15. Coker College 301 +13
16. Clayton St. Univ. 303 +15
T17. Belmont Abbey College 304 +16
Florida Tech 304 +16
19. Arkansas Tech Univ. 306 +18
20. Armstrong Atlantic St. Univ. 308 +20
Newberry Individuals (First Round Results)
T9. Matthew Campbell 71 -1
T17. Ben Lown 72 E
T29. Daniel Stanley 73 +1
T71. Stephen Holmes 77 +5
T101. Brandon Burnside 83 +11