May 13, 2010

By Todd Karpovich
Special to NCAA.com


Hershey, Pa. - Oglethorpe's Scott Pugh has one of the biggest crowds
following him throughout this week's 2010 NCAA Division III men's golf
championships at the Hershey Country Club and Hershey Links.

That's because Pugh is playing about 20 minutes from his family
Home in Harrisburg, Pa., and a contingent of more than 15 family and friends
are watching his every move on the courses. Pugh, a two-time All-American, is
entering the final day tied for 9th at plus-6 and 221 overall. Oglethorpe
(Atlanta), the defending national champions, made a nice run Thursday in the
third round and is in fourth place with an overall score of 897. For Pugh,
the week has been full of excitement because it is 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."

Pugh was also a First Team All-Southern Collegiate Athletic
Conference pick in 2008 and the 2009 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Men's Golfer of the Year. The challenge for him and his team heading into the
final round is knocking off top-ranked Methodist (Greensboro, N.C.) at the top
spot.

Oglethorpe has played Methodist numerous times during the regular season
and Pugh admits it will take a big day to beat the Monarchs.

"We know they are a good team and we'd have to play well," Pugh
said. "We still like our chances. We are the defending champions, but we lost
four guys. The young guys are stepping up. They're very god players. So, we need
another good round out of them."

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