KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Newberry has reached match play for the second time in its history after a sixth-place performance in the 54-hole stroke play tournament that winnowed the field at the 2017 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships from 20 teams to eight. Newberry's opponent is top-ranked and third-seeded West Florida.
WHO: No. 7 Newberry College vs. No. 1 University of West Florida
WHERE: The Independence Course (designed by Tom Watson) at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Fla.
WHEN: 8:20 a.m. on the 10th tee on Thursday, May 25
EARLIER IN THE TOURNAMENT: Newberry earned the No. 6 seed through 54 holes of stroke play at 34 over par. West Florida is the No. 3 seed, finishing at 14 over.
LIVE SCORING: Available through www.golfstat.com
WEATHER FORECAST: Possibility of a stray thunderstorm early in the day, but mostly sunny by the afternoon with a high of 85 degrees. Winds will be out of the west at 18 miles per hour. There is a 20 percent chance of rain.
MATCH PLAY FORMAT
Teams play head-to-head matches to advance through the bracket, beginning with Thursday morning's quarterfinals. Student-athletes play in twosomes, one from each team, and tee off in 10-minute increments. All pairings play 18 holes. The lowest total in each pairing receives a point for his team with a total of five points up for grabs. The team with the most points advances to the next round.
Should a tiebreaker be necessary, the total strokes of all five players for each team will totaled. If still tied, a sudden-death playoff will occur with all five scores counting.
LINEUPS (national rank in parenthesis)
8:20 a.m.: Evan DeGrazia vs. (11) Jacob Huizinga
8:30 a.m.: (37) Spencer Skiff vs. Christian Bosso
8:40 a.m.: (100) Harry Bolton vs. (7) Henry Westmoreland
8:50 a.m.: (12) Carlos Leandro vs. Bryce Geraghty
9:00 a.m.: Ben Thompson vs. (1) Chandler Blanchet
Coaches set their lineups after Wednesday's final round was completed. West Florida head coach Steve Fell deferred to Newberry counterpart Howard Vroon, who offered Evan DeGrazia as his first selection. Fell then selected who would face DeGrazia and made the first selection in the next match. The coaches alternated until the lineups were set.
The winner advances to play either second-seeded Florida Southern or No. 7 seed Ferris State at 2:20 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the match play semifinals. The national finals are set for Friday at 9:00 a.m.