Four ACC teams advance to NCAA Men’s Golf Championship
GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com) – Four Atlantic Coast Conference men’s golf teams have qualified for NCAA regional play and will compete in the NCAA Championship, May 27-June 1, at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Wake Forest all finished in the top five in their respective NCAA regions to earn a spot in the national championship.
ACC champion Wake Forest won the New Haven (Conn.) Regional with a 26-under par of 814, followed by North Carolina at 19-under (821). The Demon Deacons led wire to wire with four players finishing in the top eight, including Alex Fitzpatrick (-9), who finished second, Michael Brennan (-7), who tied for fourth, and Scotty Kennon (-4 ) and Mark Power (-4), tied for eighth. Wake Forest will be making its 47th NCAA Championship appearance.
Austin Greaser of North Carolina won the New Haven individual competition with a par 200 of 10 under, posting rounds of 68, 63 and 69. Teammate Ryan Gerard was third at -9. The Tar Heels will be making their fifth straight trip to the NCAA Championship and 47th overall. Last year, Carolina qualified for NCAA single-game competition before falling to Arizona State in the quarterfinals.
Georgia Tech is tied for the Columbus (Ohio) regional title with Oklahoma State. The Yellow Jackets were in fifth place after the first round, but posted a tournament-best round on day two with a par 271 13-under and followed that up with a par 281 3-under on Wednesday. Three Yellow Jackets finished in the top 10, including Ross Steelman (-6) in second, Benjamin Reuter (-2) tied for fourth and Connor Howe (-1) tied for seventh. Georgia Tech will be making its 31st NCAA championship appearance.
Florida State shot an 862 total over three days to finish 2-under and second behind Vanderbilt at the Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Regional. FSU sophomore Brett Roberts won the regional after shooting a par 209 7-under. Roberts was seven strokes off the lead after the first round, but had rounds 68 and 67 coming from behind for a two-stroke win. His teammate Daniel Bradbury finished eighth at 2 under. The Seminoles will make their 27th all-time NCAA championship appearance.
The national championship format consists of 30 teams and 10 individuals competing in stroke play beginning Friday, May 27. The top eight teams qualify for match play with the quarter-finals and semi-finals on Tuesday May 31 and the national championship game on Wednesday June 1. .