|Columbus State, Belmont Abbey Capture Atlantic/Southeast Regional
POOLER, Ga. (May 9, 2007) - The NCAA DII Atlantic/Southeast Men's Golf Regional finished today with familiar sights - Columbus State and Belmont Abbey went wire-to-wire in earning their respective region's titles, while Mother Nature made her presence felt as well at the Savannah Quarters Country Club on Wednesday in Pooler, Ga.
Winds continued to gust into the 20-25 mile per hour range, and a 42-minute rain delay halted play on the back nine just before 2 p.m. on the 7,066-yard par-72 Greg Norman designed Championship course. When play resumed, however, Columbus State and Belmont Abbey completed their region championship without ever relinquishing the lead after day one.
The Cougars finished their final round with a regional-best 293, capturing the Southeast Region title by 18 strokes with a 36-over-par 900 three-day total. The PBC champion and 2006 NCAA DII runner-up will be joined in the DII National Championships by Lander, USC Upstate and GCSU. The Bearcats - seeded seventh - finished second after shooting a 303 on Wednesday to finish with a 918 total, while GCSU shot 304 to finish with a 929 total. USC Upstate finished fourth, shooting 311 on Wednesday to finish with a 932 total, three strokes ahead of three-time defending DII national champion USC Aiken and 15 strokes ahead of host Armstrong Atlantic. <Southeast Team Standings> <Southeast Player Standings> <Southeast Team-by-Team Standings> (.pdf)
Individually, Lander's Jake Amos fired an even-par 72 to capture individual medallist honors with a three-day 223 total, seven over par. Amos bested first-round leader Andrew Georgiou of Columbus State by one stroke as Georgiou was the only player in the regional to break par in a round, shooting a two-under-par 70 on Wednesday to finish with a 224 total. Georgiou's teammate, Christian Ries, also finished with a 224 total after a two-over-par 74 today, tying for second.
In the Atlantic regional, Belmont Abbey shot a final-round 324 and bested the field by 16 strokes, finishing the tournament with a three-day 955 total, 91 over par. Pfeiffer shot 323 on Wednesday and finished with a 969 total, just one stroke ahead of Barton and Fayetteville State, who tied for third with 970 totals. <Atlantic Team Standings> <Atlantic Player Standings> <Atlantic Team-by-Team Standings> (.pdf)
Individually, Iain Hall of Queens (NC) captured the Atlantic region title with a three-over-par 75 on Wednesday, winning by six strokes with a three-day 228 total, 12 over par. As the top finisher in the Atlantic/Southeast region not on a team advancing to nationals, Hall will be the Atlantic/Southeast individual representative in the NCAA DII National Championships. Ian Milne of Fayetteville State and Kasey Timms of Belmont Abbey tied for second, each carding 80s on Wednesday to finish with 18-over-par 234 totals.
The NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships will take place on May 22-25 at the Meadows in Allendale, Mich. Grand Valley State will serve as the host.