Defending champ Nova Southeastern qualifies for NCAA championships
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. -- Nova Southeastern advanced to the NCAA national championship for a consecutive year after winning the South/Southeast Super Regional, with its top two golfers finishing atop the individual leaderboard.
The Sharks shot a 4-under-par 284 for a consecutive round, giving them a three-round total of 855, putting them at 9-under-par (287-284-284). The team also made its presence known on the individual leaderboard, placing four golfers in the top 10, including individual and runner-up honors. Benjamin Taylor and Ricardo Celia battled each other for the top spot the entire tournament with Taylor coming out on top and defeating teammate Celia by only one stroke.
Taylor carded a 3-under 69 on the day to go 6-under for the tournament at 210 (70-71-69), grabbing the individual crown, while Celia carded a 2-under 70 Wednesday to capture second, carding a 5-under 211 (69-72-70).
With the South/Southeast region being filled with some of the premier Division II teams in the country, including seven nationally ranked in the top 10, seven teams are awarded bids to the NCAA tournament.
The team captured the victory by 16 strokes ahead of second-place Barry, which shot a 7-over total of 871 (284-296-299). The remaining five national qualifiers are: Columbus State, 23-over (298-298-291—887), which took a share of third with Florida Southern (293-295-299—887); Lynn, 25-over (288-306-295—889); West Florida, 26-over (298-298-294—890); and USC Aiken, which took claim of the final team spot with a score of 27-over (295-303-293—891).
Individually for NSU, Mitch Farrer was next, just below Taylor and Celia. He captured a share of fourth, carding a 2-under 70 for the day and a 1-under 215 for the tournament (74-71-70). His 215 total is his second-best performance of the year, missing his lowest mark by only one stroke
The fourth Shark in the top 10 was Hunter O'Mahony, his sixth individual top-10 finish of the season. He shot a 3-over on the day and carded a 3-over 219 (74-70-75) for the tournament, capturing a share of eighth.
Finishing out the tournament for the Sharks was Ian Facey, who put together three solid rounds, shooting a 12-over 228 (78-72-78). Facey, who carded a 6-over 78 on the final day. finished with a share of 52nd on the leaderboard.