HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. (May 8, 2019) – The best 20 teams and eighth individuals from six different states converge on Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida for the 2019 NCAA Division II Men's Golf South/Southeast Region Championships, May 9-11.
Rollins and the Greater Orlando Sports Commission are serving as co-hosts at Mission Inn's El Campeón Course. Teams will play 18 holes each of the three days. At a minimum, the top three teams and the top two student-athletes not with a team from each regional will advance to the finals May 20-24 at The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, West Virginia. The remaining eight team berths will be allocated based on the regions represented in the prior year's head-to-head medal play portion of the championships, with the maximum number of teams from a given region capped at seven.
Live scoring is available through GolfStat.com.
The South/Southeast region is historically the toughest in the nation with eight of the last nine national champions coming from this event.
This year's tournament is highlighted by 11 of the nation's top-25 teams in the final Bushnell/Golfweek Coaches Poll of the regular season. Top-ranked Barry, No. 2 Lynn, No. 3 West Florida and fifth-ranked Nova Southeastern headline field. Seventh-ranked Florida Tech, eighth-ranked Florida Southern and 10th-ranked Lincoln Memorial are also early favorites to advance. No. 11 Young Harris, No. 15 Carson-Newman, No. 17 Saint Leo and No. 22 Rollins are other nationally ranked teams on the course.
2019 NCAA DIVISION II SOUTH/SOUTHEAST REGION PARTICIPANTS:
- Barry [Sunshine State Conference]
- West Florida [Gulf South Conference]
- Nova Southeastern
- Florida Southern
- Florida Tech
- Saint Leo
- Valdosta State
- Albany State (Georgia) [Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference]
Zach Zediker, Delta State
Samuel Jones, West Georgia
Evan Spence, Lee
Paul Murphy, Montevallo
- Lincoln Memorial
- Young Harris
- Columbus State
- Clayton State
- South Carolina Aiken
- Queens (North Carolina) [South Atlantic Conference]
- Flagler [Peach Belt Conference]
- North Greenville [Conference Carolinas]
Vincent Norrman, Georgia Southwestern
Jon Parker, Lander
Harry Bolton, Newberry
Bryson Boyette, Barton
Rollins is the eighth-seed in the South Region and is coming off a stellar regular season. The Tars finished in the top-five in four of its seven tournaments this year, including a victory at the McDonough Cup in October. Rollins played its way into the Regional with an eighth-place finish at the Southeastern Collegiate and fourth-place finish at the Bobcat Invitational in March.
Rollins is coming off a fifth place finish at the Sunshine State Conference Championship; a tournament that featured seven NCAA Tournament teams.
All-SSC First Teamer Morgan Egloff leads the Tars on the season, ranking 13th in the nation in adjusted stroke average. The junior has shot 11 rounds of par or better and carries a 71.62 stroke average into the postseason. He has four top-10 finishes, including wins at the TVA Credit Union Invitational and Georgia College Bobcat Invitational.
Trystan Perkins is second on the team with a 73.53 stroke average and four top-15 finishes in the regular season. Will Hall is playing in the No. 3 spot for the Tars and has a 74.86 stroke average on the year. Nicholas Diebel (76.44 avg.) and Mason Fox (76.06 avg.) are also playing for the Tars at regionals.
Head coach Kyle Frakes is very familiar with Mission Inn, leading Rollins to the 2002 NCAA National Championship on the course. Led by All-American and Rollins Sports Hall of Famer Rob Oppenheim, the Tars beat Cal State Stanislaus by one stroke for the program's second national title.