MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. - The Newberry College men's golf team fired a sensational 4-under par 284 in Wednesday's third round to advance to the match play bracket of the NCAA Division II National Tournament at the Fighting Joe Course of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at the Shoals. The Wolves wrapped up the stroke play portion of the tournament at 26-over par 890.
The Wolves will face Cal State-Monterey Bay in the quarterfinals of the medal match play bracket, beginning at 8:45 a.m. Eastern (7:45 a.m. on site). The Otters finished the stroke play portion of the tournament in a tie for third place with Central Oklahoma at 17-over par 881, nine strokes ahead of the Wolves.
Matchups for Thursday's national quarterfinal (PDF fact sheet)
Wednesday's 284 ties for the ninth-best round in school history and ties for the third-best round in the tournament. Newberry was led in today's round by a phenomenal performance from senior Daniel Stanley (Inman, S.C.). Stanley shot a bogey-free 3-under par 69 with birdies on holes 13, 17 and 7 as the Wolves started on the back nine of the course.
Senior Ben Lown (North Augusta, S.C.) shot a 1-under par 71, highlighted by an eagle on the par 4 11th hole, his second of the day. Lown also recorded three birdies on the day. The senior duo each finished in a tie for 24th individually with 6-over par 222's in the 54 holes.
Another sparkling performance in Wednesday's round came from Matthew Killen (Yorkshire, England), who also shot a 3-under par 69. Killen had four bogeys in the round but shot seven birdies in the round as well. Killen finished his round on a tear, carding a birdie on his final four holes. Killen tied for 39th individually with a 10-over par 226.
Matthew Campbell (Rome, N.Y.) had an up-and-down round Wednesday, shooting a 3-over par 75 despite five birdies in the round. Campbell tied for 44th as an individual with an 11-over par 227. Chandler Gruenemeier (Jacksonville, Fla.) shot a 4-over par 76 with four birdies on the day, and finished tied for 54th individually with a 13-over par 229.
Newberry had the largest round-to-round improvement after each round, improving from 14th position to a tie for ninth on Tuesday by shooting 10 strokes better than the previous day, then jumping three more spots with a 14-stroke improvement on Wednesday.
Lynn University claimed the top seed with an even par 864 through three rounds and will play eighth seed Barton College at 7 a.m. Also playing at 7 a.m. are fourth seed Central Oklahoma and fifth seed Central Missouri. Newberry and CSU-Monterey Bay will start at 7:45 a.m., as will second seed Abilene Christian and seventh seed Fort Lewis (Colo.).
NCAA Division II Championships
RTJ Trail at the Shoals - Fighting Joe
Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Dates: May 16-19, 2011
Par 72, 7150 yards
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|17||St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.)||313||314||305||932||+68|
|18||Concord (W. Va.)||318||304||313||935||+71|