Super Regional Golf Preview: Wilmington Looks to Defend Title, Head Back to National Tournament
Sunday, May 5, 2013 - Wheeling, W.Va.
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The 2013 Wilmington University golf team looks to defends its NCAA Division II Super Regional Championship starting Monday morning. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.
Four the fourth year in a row, the Wilmington University golf team sits atop the East Region going into the NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Super Regional which begins on Monday at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia, hosted by West Liberty University.
Looking to advance to its third straight NCAA Division II National Tournament, the Wildcats need to place in the top three at the end of the three day, three round, 20 team tournament. Wilmington, the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament Champions, enters the regional as the number one seed in the East Region. Indiana (Pa.) is the Atlantic Region’s top seed.
An unfortunate turn of events during the team’s practice round on Sunday will leave the Wildcats shorthanded; playing without the CACC Rookie of the Year Andreas Lunding after a lower leg injury will force him to miss the Super Regional.
Wilmington is led by reigning CACC Championship Tournament medalist honoree PJ Tighe who won the CACC Tournament for the second year in row. Tighe is also the defending NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Super Regional individual champion, winning last year’s super regional at the Hershey Country Club by eight strokes.
The Wildcats will also be led by a fellow senior Nick Mafale, and juniors Andrew Baldo, Jerry Temple, and Tomasz Pulsakowski. Temple finished second at the CACC Championship Tournament for his best finish of the season while Mafale’s top finish was a third place showing at the WU Spring Invite. Baldo placed ninth at the CACC Championship Tournament and a best fifth place showing at the WU Spring Invite. Playing as an individual, Pulsakowski placed 22nd at the WU Spring Invite and 23rd at the Bayside Resort Invitational this spring.
The Super Regional will be played at the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Deigned Course at Oglebay Resort. The championship tees play at 7,001 yards, and at par 71 for three rounds. Each of the three rounds in the 54-hole event is set for a 7:30 a.m. start. The 108-man field for this week's tournament consists of the top 10 teams in the Atlantic Region and the East Region along with four individual qualifiers from each region. Five teams earned automatic bids as conference champions with 15 at-large bids filling out the list.
Follow the Atlantic/East Super Regional LIVE each day at http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=4380