WILMINGTON GOLF ADVANCES TO NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
HUMMELSTOWN, PA (May 4, 2011) – The
Wilmington University golf team earned its first ever trip to the
NCAA National Tournament by placing third at the NCAA East/Atlantic
Super Regional Tournament. The Wildcats shot a third-round
total of 299 to record the best finish in program history. Three
other Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference teams played in the
event. Post University finished eighth, Goldey-Beacom College
placed 16th and Concordia College was
The tournament was held at The Hershey Links Golf Course and
included 10 teams from the East and 10 from the Atlantic regions.
The top five teams qualified for the national tournament,
which will be held May 16-18 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
at the Shoals hosted by the University of North Alabama.
Wilmington’s three-day total of 890 (300, 291, 299) was 26 over par. The Wildcats are the second team from the CACC to advance to the NCAA Championships, joining the 2006 Goldey-Beacom Lightning. St. Thomas Aquinas College won this year’s event, carding a three-round total of 871. Indiana University of Pennsylvania was second with an 881, followed by the Wildcats. The two other schools earning national berths were Concord University (892) and American International College (896).
The Wildcats were led by sophomore PJ Tighe, who shot a three-day total of 220 (74, 70, 76) to tie for 12th. Par was 72. The duo of Andrew Baldo (76, 75, 71) and Dan Ott (76, 71, 73) tied for 15th after totaling 222, while sophomore John Perrine carded a 232 (74, 79, 79) to tie for 49th. Nick Mafale (234: 78, 73, 83) finished tied for 60th to round out the ‘Cats.
Post shot 911 overall (292, 314, 305) and was led by senior David McGregor’s total of 224 (77, 72, 75), which placed him 22nd overall. Freshman Ross Earnshaw finished in 34th place after shooting rounds of 74, 77 and 77 (228). Thomas Rees was one stroke behind with a 227 (73, 81, 75).
Goldey-Beacom was led by Devon Ripley and Michael Coppa, Jr., who tied for 60th place with scores of 234. The Lightning shot 943 as a team (306, 306, 331). Concordia, which wrapped up its first year as a varsity sport, finished 19th with a combined 953 (310, 315, 328). Jeff Schaller paced the team by tying for 23rd by carding a 225 (73, 76, 76), while Sam Deitte shot a 233 (73, 81, 79) to tie for 54th.
Felician’s Joe Leardo competed as an individual at the tournament and tied for 28th place, firing a 226 (71, 73, 82).