SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo men's golf finally received confirmation on Friday evening of the news that it had long awaited: the Lions are headed back to the NCAA tournament.
Saint Leo was one of 20 teams selected for the 2016 NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional, when the fields for all four regionals was announced Friday.
The 54-hole South/Southeast Regional will be held on May 2-4 at Mission Inn Resort and Country Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The top five teams from each of the four regionals will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championship, along with the top two individual competitors from each regional not playing for the five advancing teams. The national championship will be held May 17-21 at Green Valley Ranch in Denver, Colo.
Saint Leo will be making its fourth consecutive NCAA regional appearance, after previously earning NCAA berths in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The Lions' best finish was last season, when Saint Leo placed fifth out of 20 teams and advanced to the NCAA championship event in Conover, N.C. Saint Leo finished third in stroke play; defeated Simon Fraser University, 3.5 to 1.5, in the quarterfinals; and dropped a 4 to 1 decision to Lynn University in the national semifinals.
The second-seeded Lions will be joined by Sunshine State Conference rivals Lynn – the region's top seed – along with Florida Southern, Nova Southeastern, and Barry. Rounding out the field in the South/Southeast Regional are Gulf South Conference members West Florida, Lee, West Georgia, and North Alabama, and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference member Miles College.
Eight individuals – four from each region – from teams not selected for the in the regional were also named to the field.
The 54-hole South/Southeast Regional will be held on May 2-4 at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The top five teams from each of the four regionals will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championship, along with the top two individual competitors from each regional not playing for the five advancing teams. The national championship will be held May 17-21 at Green Valley Ranch in Denver, Colo.
NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional selections
Mission Inn Resort and Club (Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.) South Region
1. Lynn (Automatic Qualifier: Sunshine State Conference)
2. Saint Leo
3. West Florida (Automatic Qualifier: Gulf South Conference)
4. Florida Southern
5. Nova Southeastern
8. West Georgia
9. North Alabama
10. Miles College (Automatic Qualifier: Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)
Reed Lindsey, Delta State
Chris Rogers, Valdosta State
Gaelen Trew, Florida Tech
Alex Clark, Delta State
4. Columbus State (Automatic Qualifier: Peach Belt Conference)
5. Georgia Southwestern
6. Lincoln Memorial (Automatic Qualifier: South Atlantic Conference)
7. Limestone (Automatic Qualifier: Conference Carolinas)
8. Young Harris
9. North Greenville
Brad Hawkins, Tusculum
Keith Egan, Clayton State
Nick Adams, Mount Olive
Will Bundy, Coker
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