Wolves begin South/Southeast Regional play Monday

Wolves begin South/Southeast Regional play Monday
Sunday, May 7, 2017 | by Tanner Swift, Athletic Communications Assistant

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – Newberry begins competition Monday at one of the most challenging events in collegiate golf as one of 20 teams at the South/Southeast Regional vying for seven spots in the NCAA Championships later this month.

The Wolves enter the tournament, held at the Fighting Joe Golf Course at The Shoals Golf Club in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, off a third-place finish at the weather-shortened South Atlantic Conference Men's Golf Championship. Newberry was one stroke from forcing a three-way playoff with Coker and eventual champion Carson-Newman. Newberry has finished in the top five-eighths of every tournament it has played this season and is the owner of the No. 12 rank in the coaches' poll.

Newberry laid claim to the Southeast Region's No. 2 seed, with 10 teams each representing the South and Southeast Regions. Newberry has faced Lander and Belmont Abbey multiple times, with each team finishing ahead of the other in various tournaments; no other team in the Southeast Region had defeated the Wolves this season prior to the SAC Championship.

Newberry finished out the year with two tournament wins and three all-South Atlantic Conference golfers. The most notable of their wins came at the Newberry Invitational at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. The Wolves finished 15 shots ahead of runner up Clayton State, backed by Division II Jack Nicklaus Award presented by Barbasol finalist Spencer Skiff, who shot a 65 in the final day for a first-place finish at 8-under. His total of 65 came within two shots of equaling The Ocean Course’s all-time record.

The Wolves are also bolstered by junior Carlos Leandro and sophomore Ben Thompson who finished the year at one-over and two-over respectively.

The other win came in that UNG Fall Invitational in which the team shot a whopping 33-under, nine ahead of the next closest opponent in Lander. Skiff and Thompson finished one and two in the individual player standings, with Leandro sitting just outside the top 10 with a 13th-place finish.

The Wolves have faced off against some of the South Region's top teams as well, landing in a three-way tie for fourth at a season-opening tournament hosted by Flagler and finishing fifth at an event hosted by Rollins.

The Wolves tee off on Monday, May 8 at 1:00 p.m. ET.