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Wildcats’ Golf Team Wins NCAA Division II East/Atlantic Super Regional by Six Strokes; PJ Tighe Earns Top Medalist by Eight Strokes

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - Hershey, Pa.

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Head Coach Harry Jennings (far right) coached the first Wilmington team to a Regional Championship



The 2012 NCAA DII Super Regional scorecard



Hosted by Millersville University at the East Course at Hershey Country Club

For the first time in the history of the Wilmington University athletic department, a Wildcats’ team advanced to the NCAA Division II regional championship and brought home the top prize.

Not only did the men’s golf team go to the East Course at the Hershey Country Club and dominate the three-day, three-round Super Regional winning the team title by eight strokes, junior PJ Tighe took top individual honors at the tournament, besting the field of 108 golfers by eight strokes.

With the team win, Wilmington advances to its second consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship hosted by Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. from May 16-19. The top five teams from the Super Regionals advance to the National Tournament as Wilmington will be joined by Indiana University of Pa., Concord, Post University and St. Thomas Aquinas.

Wilmington led the tournament wire-to-wire, posting the second and third lowest team rounds of the tournament. The Wildcats opened the three-day event by finishing with a 301 on Monday, which turned out to be the third lowest team score of the tournament. After shooting the second lowest round-two score of 309 by coming back Wednesday morning to finish the suspended round, the Wildcats bounced right back and shot the second lowest round of the tournament to stave off any opponents with a third round 300.

They finished with a 910, six strokes ahead of IUP in second place. Wilmington and IUP were head and shoulders above the rest of the field, as third place Concord came in with a 939, 29 strokes off the pace. Post, a fellow member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, advanced to its first ever NCAA Division II National Tournament by placing fourth overall, shooting a 216-312-314-942 for the tournament, coming in fourth place.

Tighe also led wire-to-wire, tying for the lowest round of the tournament with a 72 opening round score. Tighe didn’t settle for the first round league, as he roared back with a 73 between Tuesday and Wednesday on the second round before finishing by tying the tournament low score again of 72 on the final 18 holes. The junior finished with a 217, four-over par total score. Tighe also won the CACC Tournament two week earlier.

Starting on the front nine in round three, Tighe left little doubt in the final 18 holes, as he came out and birdied the first hole to kick start his round. After five consecutive pars, Tighe birdied the seventh hole to put him two under for the round, making the turn with 34. The back-nine wasn’t so kind for Tighe as he finished one birdie, but bogeyed three holes to put him at a 72, one-over par on the day. The 72 was more than enough, however, as he defeated IUP’s Brad Boyle and Zack Kempa by eight strokes for the tournament.

The remaining three scorers for the Wildcats all finished in the top 20 in the tournament, giving them the best four golfers over the three-rounds for the tournament championship. Andrew Baldo shot a consistent 77-77-77 for a 231 total, coming in a tie for 12 overall. Head coach Harry Jennings used Jerry Temple Jr. in the first and third rounds and Temple responded with a 73 first round score and a 75 second round score that counted, coupled with an 84 second round that was scratched. Overall, Temple shot a 232 and tied for 15th overall. Senior Dan Ott shot a 79-78-76 for a three round total of 233 and a tie for 18th overall. John Perrine’s second round score of 81 was added to the mix, coming to the team total of 910 for the tournament.

Opened in 1969, the par-71 East Course at Hershey Country Club is a golf enthusiast's dream, featuring elevated greens, three sparkling lakes, and more than 100 bunkers. Designer George Fazio captured the natural beauty of central Pennsylvania’s countryside with views that golfers can appreciate on every hole. The course boasts numerous natural hazards, rolling fairways, and daunting greens, stretching 7,061 yards with a rating of 74.5 and a slope of 136. The East Course has hosted several PGA tournaments, most recently the Nationwide Tour’s Reese's Cup Classic, an event on professional golf's development tour.

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2012 NCAA DII East/Atlantic Men’s Golf Super Regionals Team Standings
1 – Wilmington (DE) 301 309 300 910 +58
2 – Indiana U. of Pa. 307 311 298 916 +64
3 – Concord 313 314 312 939 +87
4 – Post 316 312 314 942 +90
5 – St. Thomas Aquinas 312 315 318 945 +93
6 – Davis & Elkins Coll. 322 309 315 946 +94
7 – Bluefield St. Coll. 316 325 306 947 +95
T8 – Clarion 327 313 308 948 +96
T8 – Dowling College 325 308 315 948 +96
T10 – Massachusetts-Lowell 310 324 315 949 +97
T10 – California (PA) 314 330 305 949 +97
12 – Goldey Beacom College 322 322 310 954 +102
T13 – Bentley 323 323 314 960 +108
T13 – Fayetteville St. 324 325 311 960 +108
15 – Charleston 320 322 320 962 +110
16 – Mercyhurst College 331 323 312 966 +114
17 – West Chester 334 325 313 972 +120
18 – Adelphi 332 324 321 977 +125
19 – American Int'l. Col. 329 335 327 991 +139
20 – Franklin Pierce Univ. 342 323 331 996 +144

2012 NCAA DII East/Atlantic Men’s Golf Super Regionals Individual Standings
1 – Paul Tighe Wilmington (DE) 72 73 72 217 +4
T2 – Brad Boyle Indiana U. of Pa. 79 72 74 225 +12
T2 – Zack Kempa Indiana U. of Pa. 74 76 75 225 +12
4 – Jacob Barge Fayetteville St. 77 74 75 226 +13
5 – Ryan Thomson * West Liberty 77 75 75 227 +14
T6 – Charlie Durman California (PA) 78 78 72 228 +15
T6 – Thomas Linehan St. Thomas Aquinas 72 76 80 228 +15
T8 – Mike Gunderson St. Thomas Aquinas 77 78 74 229 +16
T8 – Patrick McRae Goldey Beacom College 75 79 75 229 +16
T8 – Jordan Eck California (PA) 72 82 75 229 +16
11 – Ross Pringle Clarion 79 77 74 230 +17
T12 – Anthony Corsi Dowling College 81 72 78 231 +18
T12 – Thomas Rees Post 76 75 80 231 +18
T12 – Andrew Baldo Wilmington (DE) 77 77 77 231 +18