FOUR CACC GOLF TEAMS QUALIFY FOR NCAA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (April 26, 2011) - Four teams and one individual will represent the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) at the 2011 NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Region Golf Tournament, which will be held May 2-4 at Hershey Springs Golf Club in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Wilmington University will serve as the East Region's top seed for the tournament. Also representing the CACC will be No. 4 seed Post University, No. 8 Goldey-Beacom College and No. 10. Concordia College.
In addition to the four teams, Felician College senior Joe Leardo will be making his second appearance in the regional, competing as an individual. The top five teams and the top two student-athletes not with a team from each regional (regardless of region) will advance to the finals May 16-20 at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at the Shoals in Florence, Alabama. The finals will be hosted by the University of North Alabama.
Wilmington enters the tournament as the top seed after an outstanding 2010-2011 campaign. The Wildcats claimed their first CACC Championship, knocking off five-time defending champion Post University. Freshman Andrew Baldo won medalist honors, while sophomore Dan Ott finished third. Both golfers earned spots on the CACC All-Tournament Team. Furthermore, Ott was named CACC Golfer of the Year, while classmates Paul Tighe and John Perrine, along with Ott, were named to the All-Conference Team. Wilmington also qualified for last season's regional and placed 7th.
Post makes its seventh straight appearance in the regional after placing second at the CACC Championship. Senior David McGregor placed second overall at the championship, missing out on his fourth straight medalist honor by just one stroke. McGregor, Thomas Rees, Ross Earnshaw and Oliver Hudak earned All-Conference status and Earnshaw picked up CACC Rookie of the Year accolades. Post placed 12th at last year's regional.
Goldey-Beacom will be making its sixth trip to regionals in the last seven years. The Lightning took 19th last season and finished third at the 2011 CACC Tournament. Wes Hood and Michael Coppa, Jr., were both named to the All-CACC team for the Lightning.
Concordia qualified for the regional in its first season as a varsity sport. The Clippers enjoyed an outstanding initial campaign under CACC Coach of the Year, Scott Allen, placing fourth at the CACC Tournament. Sophomore Jeff Schaller claimed All-CACC honors.
The entire field for the tournament is listed below. Teams in parentheses won their conference tournament championship and an automatic qualification.
1. Wilmington [Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference]
2. St. Thomas Aquinas
3. American International
5. Adelphi [Northeast-10 Conference]
Matt Horton, Saint Rose
Kent St. Charles, Pace
Rick Bylund, Assumption
Joseph Leardo, Felician
1. Indiana (Pennsylvania) [Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference]
2. Concord [West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference]
4. West Chester
5. California (Pennsylvania)
6. Charleston (West Virginia)
7. West Liberty
8. Bluefield State
9. Virginia State [Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association]
John M. Cole, Fayetteville State
Sean Burke, Ohio Valley
Alasdair Forsythe, Davis and Elkins
Drew Deimel, Gannon