Newberry earns at-large bid to the South/Southeast Super Regional

Newberry earns at-large bid to the South/Southeast Super Regional
Friday, April 23, 2010 | by Scarlet and gray head to the postseason for third consecutive year

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The No. 24 Newberry College men's golf program earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional as announced by the NCAA on Friday.

Ranked eighth in the Southeast Region, Newberry will be making its third consecutive trip to the Super Regional. The scarlet and gray earned a NCAA Division II National Tournament berth in 2007-08.

The top team in the Southeast Region is Peach Belt Conference champions Georgia College and State University. The No. 2 team is host of the 2010 South/Southeast Super Regional Barton College followed by Lander University at No.3, Conference Carolinas champion Belmont Abbey College at No. 4, and Flagler College at No. 5.

Also earning bids from the South Region were No. 6 Queens University of Charlotte, No. 7 Armstrong Atlantic State University, No. 9 Columbus State University, and No. 10 South Atlantic Conference champions Lincoln Memorial University.

Four individuals from non-competing schools were selected to compete as individuals were Brad Caldwell of North Greenville University, Wade Binfield of Clayton State University, Craig Gibson of Georgia Southwestern State University, and Jordan Waler of UNC Pembroke.

Newberry and the rest of the South Region share the field of competition with the Southeast Region including nationally ranked schools such as No. 1 Barry University, No. 3 Florida Southern College, No. 5 University of North Alabama, and No. 6 Lynn University (all rankings are according to the current release of the Golf World/Nike D-II Coaches' Poll).

The top-5 teams and the top-2 student-athletes not with a team from each regional, regardless of region, will advance to the national tournament held on May 18-21 at The Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind. The finals will be hosted by the Indiana Sports Corporation, the University of Indianapolis, the Great Lakes Valley Conference, and the Hamilton County Sports Authority.

The South/Southeast Super Regional will be held at the Wilson Country Club in Wilson, N.C. beginning on May 2 and lasting until May 5. The first round is currently scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, May 3.

Newberry will enter the South/Southeast Super Regional after a second place showing at the 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Championships completed on April 20 at the Etowah Valley Country club in Hendersonville, N.C.

Lincoln Memorial broke a two-tournament conference winning streak by Newberry, but individual junior Daniel Stanley (Inman, S.C.) finished in first place after shooting an even par 216 (73-71-72). Stanley's tournament victory was his second consecutive after nabbing the top spot at the Bearcat Classic on March 29-30 in Greenwood, S.C.

Heading into the postseason, Newberry has seven top-10 placements, five top-5 placements, and two tournament victories in nine competitions in 2009-10.

NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Rankings
April 23, 2010

1. Georgia College & State University
2. Barton College
3. Lander University
4. Belmont Abbey College
5. Flagler College
6. Queens University of College
7. Armstrong Atlantic State University
8. Newberry College
9. Columbus State University
10. Lincoln Memorial University

NCAA Division II South Regional Rankings
April 23, 2010

1. Barry University
2. Florida Southern College
3. University of North Alabama
4. University of West Florida
5. Nova Southeastern University
6. Lynn University
7. Valdosta State University
8. Rollins College
9. Saint Leo University
10. Arkansas Tech University