KSU golfers finish second at NCAA Southeast Regional
The Kennesaw State University golf team knew it was better than a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Division…
Georgia (May 8, 2002) — KSU golfers finish second at NCAA Southeast Regional
SNEADS FERRY‚ N.C. − The Kennesaw State University golf team knew it was better than
a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional. Wednesday‚ for the third
day in a row‚ coach Jon Dunlap's Owls went out and proved it.
Kennesaw State‚ which set and then tied the school record with a 283 total in each of the first two rounds‚ closed out the tournament Wednesday with another record performance at North Shore Country Club‚ shattering the previous mark by five strokes en route to a second−place finish behind USC Aiken.
"We wanted to prove to the field and to the region and to the nation that we're not a No. 6 seed (out of eight teams) in the Southeast‚" Dunlap said. "We did that."
Wednesday's 10−under−par 278 left the Owls at 20−under 844 for the tournament‚ nine strokes off the pace set by the Peach Belt Conference champion Pacers‚ who clinched a berth in the national tournament with their final−round 283.
Dunlap and his golfers will learn their national tournament fate Friday when the NCAA selection committee announces the eight at−large selections that will join 10 regional champions May 21−24 at Mission Inn Golf & Tennis Resort in Howey−in−the−Hills‚ Fla. A trip to nationals would be a first for the golf program since KSU became an official member of the NCAA in 1994.
"The chances look good‚" Dunlap said. "We'll just sit back and wait until Friday afternoon and hope the phone rings.
"I'm happy and pleased‚" he added. "I'll be disappointed if we don't make it."
Individually for the Owls‚ senior Thomas Baker of Canton finished at 7−under 209 with help from a final−round 67. Baker's total equaled the score put up by junior Luke Stephan‚ who finished Wednesday's round at even−par 72 to tie his teammate for fifth place in the individual standings.
Like Baker‚ freshman Bryan Hume also broke 70 in the final round‚ firing a 3−under 69 en route to a 215 total. Another freshman‚ Andrew Allen‚ posted a 2−under 70 on Wednesday to equal Hume's final tally. Two strokes back was sophomore John Tillery‚ who closed out with a 1−over 73.
The individual champion was freshman Nick Cowper of Armstrong Atlantic‚ a graduate of Harrison High School in Kennesaw who carded a 71 on Wednesday to finish the tournament at 12−under 204‚ two strokes better than USC Aiken's Lee Harper.
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