HERSHEY, Pa. -- Oglethorpe's Scott Pugh has one of the biggest crowds following him throughout last year's NCAA Division III men's golf championships at the Hershey Country Club and Hershey Links.

That's because Pugh was playing about 20 minutes from his family Home in Harrisburg, Pa., and a contingent of more than 15 family and friends were watching his every move on the courses. Pugh, a two-time All-American said the week was been full of excitement because it was the first time he has played so close to home on the college level.

"It feels good having family and friends around when playing your senior year. It just doesn't get any better than that," Pugh said. "I'm playing alright. I'm 6-over for the week, but certainly I want to do better. But I'm happy. I'm content."

GAHMAN ADVANCES IN PLAYOFF: Bridgewater (Virginia) sophomore Travis Gahman won a two-hole playoff victory over Ryan Harvey of Monmouth (Peoria, Ill.) to advance in the third round of the individual championship.

Gahman finished the second round at 9-over-par to force the playoff hole. Under playoff rules, Gaham and Harvey had to play until someone won a hole outright.

The players started the playoff on the 18th hole of the Hershey Links course. Each made par to force a second sudden death hole.

On the second playoff hole, Gaham's drive landed in the middle of the fairway. His next shot landed on the green, providing an opportunity for his first eagle of the tournament. Gahman wound up making a birdie for the victory because Harvey two-putted for par. Overall, Bridgewater finished the two days in a tie for 24th place overall, missing the cut by five strokes.

"It was nerve-wracking watching the scores come in because I needed a little help," Gaham said. "I was kind of nervous, but when they said it was hole 18, I felt better because I just parred it. I should have birdied it. I knew I could reach it in two easily."

Gaham finished with a 76 for the day.

"I hit the ball extremely well. I just couldn't do anything inside 100 yards, Gahman said. "I shouldn't have shot any more than one or two under."

GREENSBORO GOLFERS HONORED: Greensboro's Brock Elder and Ben Nihart were each named to the Ping All-Region team at an awards banquet Tuesday night at the NCAA Division III golf championships.

Elder leads the team with a 74.2 stroke average and is ranked 10th nationally. He was named to the USA South first team and was the medalist at Pine Needles, which The Pride won.

Nihart finished seventh in the USA South championship and is ranked No. 11 nationally and placed in the top 10 in seven events this year.

Others named to the team were:

Northeast
Nicholas Antonelli, Salem State
Alex Bermingham, Trinity College
Bob Bruso, Worchester State
Matt Canavan, Skidmore
Chris DeJohn, Skidmore
Joe Flowers, Skidmore
Joshua Grossman, Trinity College
Mike Leibfried, NYU
Ryan Lloyd, Skidmore
Masa Maruyama, Farmingdale State
Jeff Santora, Salem State
Ben von Reyn, St. Lawrence

Mid-Atlantic
Dylan Bedy, Nazareth
Greg Bowman, McDaniel
Matt Burkhart, Messiah
Brad Cieslinski, Washington & Jefferson
Mike Cresci, Manhattanville
Matthew Donahoe, Alleghney
Robert Ehrhardt, Wesley
Alec Kessler, Wesley
Mitch Mercer, Susquehana
Chris Osberg, Wesley
Corey Wenger, Messiah
Pat Wilson, Susquehanna

South
Chase Blaich, Huntingdon
Mack Duke, Huntingdon
Joseph Evans, Christopher Newport
Liam Friedman, Methodist
Trey Howell, Methodist
J.P. Kircher, Huntingdon
Peter Latimer, Guilford
Chris Morris, Centre
Josh Schrader, Methodist
Josh Speight, Methodist

Great Lakes
Ryan Berra, DePauw
Ricky Boerner, Wittenberg
Jesse Chiero, Ohio Wesleyan
Blake Furgerson, John Carroll
Bleu George, Wittenberg
Jon Kuiper, Calvin
Matthew Martin, Transylvania
Scott Miller, Mount Union
Craig Osterbrock, Wittenberg
Nick Reardon, DePauw
Justin Tereshiko, Trannsylvania
Andy Wolf, Trine

Central
Pat Deitz, Concordia
Ryan Dorner, Illinois Wesleyan
Mark Giorgi, Saint John's
E.J. Hamilton, Nebraska Wesleyan
Derek Holmes, Wisconsin-Stout
Nate Jaeger, Nebraska Wesleyan
Tony Krogen, Saint John's
Dex Reese, Illinois Wesleyan
Andy Soper, Buena Vista
Andrew Townsend, Central
Ben Vangsness, Saint John's
Matt Wennmaker, Illinois Wesleyan

West
Eric Bunge, La Verne
Ross Canavan, Redlands
Brandon Ellis, UT-Tyler
Mitchell Fedorka, La Verne
Alex Hedlund, Redlands
Ricky Jones, Southwestern
Tain Lee, Claremont McKenna
John Morris, Claremont McKenna
Tyler Nelson, Linfield
Joey Rippel, UT-Tyler
Yutaro Sakamoto, Linfield
Jacob Walsh, UT-Tyler