FORT LAUDERDALE –
The No. 5 Nova Southeastern University men's golf team will be among the 20 teams and eight individuals at the 2017 NCAA South/Southeast Regional Tournament, which begins on Monday. Making their 10th
straight regional appearance, the men will compete at Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals on a 7,407-yard, par-72 course layout.
Out of the 20 teams in this year's event, 18 are ranked in the top 25 of the latest Golfstat rankings, including nine out of the top 10. Eight teams are from the state of Florida, with six from the Sunshine State Conference. All but one team from the South Region is ranked in the top 15. The field also has five of the top 10 individual golfers in Division II according to the most recent Golfstat Head-to-head player standings.
At a minimum, the top three teams and the top two student-athletes not with a team from the regional tournament will advance to the finals May 22-26, at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. The eight remaining berths will be allocated based on regions represented in the prior year's medal-match portion of the championships, with the maximum number of teams capped at seven. The finals will be hosted by the Sunshine State Conference and Central Florida Sports Commission.
First-round tee times are determined by team and individual seeding. Groups will tee off in 10-minute increments, with teams' No. 5 player taking the earliest times and the No. 1 players teeing off last. The Sharks are scheduled to tee off in the fourth wave between 12:50 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tee times on the final two days will be based on current tournament standings.
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The NSU men's team are coming off a sixth-place finish at the Sunshine State conference just two weeks ago, but have consistently ranked in the top five in the country throughout the season. They have also picked up one tournament win this season winning the Armstrong Pirate Invitational where senior Richard Mansell
earned individual medalist honors. Mansell is also ranked as the No. 7 individual in the latest Golfstat Men's Statistical Rankings in Division II. A three-time SSC Player of the Week this season, he was the lone NSU men's golfer to advance to the national tournament in 2016 where he finished tied for fifth overall.
The Sharks will be competing in their 10th
straight NCAA regional tournament. In 2016, the Sharks finished tied for sixth out of 20 when the tournament was hosted at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida. The NSU men are two-time national champions having won titles in 2012 and 2015. In 2014, the Sharks finished as the national runner-up.
Since 1970, the NCAA Division II men's championship has been held by a member of the Sunshine State Conference 22 times. Florida Southern has won 12 of those national titles, Barry has three, while Nova Southeastern, Rollins and Tampa each have won two national titles and Saint Leo was last year's national champion. Over the last decade, the SSC has produced the DII men's national champions on seven separate occasions including the last five straight proving the SSC is one of the strongest conferences in the country when it comes to men's golf.
South Participating teams:
No. 1 West Florida
No. 2 Lynn
No. 3 Barry
No. 4 Nova Southeastern
No. 5 Florida Tech
No. 6 Florida Southern
No. 7 Lee
No. 8 North Alabama
No. 9 Rollins
No. 10 Albany State
South Region Individuals:
No. 1 Ryan Gendron, Saint Leo
No. 2 Matt Anderson, Valdosta State
No. 3 Davis Roche, Valdosta State
No. 4 Riley Goss, Saint Leo
Southeast Participating teams:
No. 1 Lander
No. 2 Newberry
No. 3 Lincoln Memorial
No. 4 South Carolina Aiken
No. 5 Young Harris
No. 6 Limestone
No. 7 Coker
No. 8 Flagler
No. 9 Georgia College
No. 10 Carson Newman
Southeast Region Individuals:
No. 1 Nick Stafford, Belmont Abbey
No. 2 Adam Lumley, Mars Hill
No. 3 Matt Elliot, North Georgia
No. 4 Keith Egan, Clayton State