Middlebury to Participate in NCAA Golf Championship
HADLEY, Mass. – NESCAC champion Middlebury College will be one of 41 teams competing for the 2012 NCAA Golf Championship May 15-18 at the Mission Inn Resort, in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., it was announced on Monday afternoon. The championships will be hosted by Oglethorpe and the Central Florida Sports Commission.
The Panthers earned the conference's automatic bid to this year's national tournament by winning the NESCAC title on April 28-29 at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Mass. It was the fourth championship in the last six years for Middlebury, as the Panthers increased their single-stroke lead over Williams following day one by seven and finished with a two-day total of 626 for the 2012 title.
During last year's national tournament, the Panthers were tied for 18th following day one at the at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C. Middlebury held on to 18th at the completion of day two, shaving five strokes off its day one score for a total of 603, however the Panthers missed the cut as only the top 15 teams would advance to compete over the next two days.
A total of 210 participants will compete at the championships. Thirty-one conferences were awarded automatic qualification for the championships. Three teams were selected from Pool B, which consists of independent schools, and schools that are members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification. The final seven berths were reserved for Pool C, which are schools from automatic-qualifying conferences that are not the conference champion and any remaining Pool B teams.
The team and individual champions will be determined after 72 holes of play or the conclusion of the last fully completed round. After 36 holes of competition, the field will be cut to the top 15 teams and top six (6) individuals not on one of those teams. Ties for the cut will be broken by a sudden death playoff or, if necessary, by the non-sudden death tiebreaking procedures set forth by the championships committee.
The top five individuals are selected from the remaining players who have not qualified with a team.
A complete list of teams and individuals competing in the NCAA championship can be found below.
|Automatic Qualifying Conferences||Schools|
|Allegheny Mountain Collegiate||Penn State-Behrend|
|Centennial||Franklin & Marshall|
|College Conference of Illinois and
|Colonial States Athletic||Neumann|
|Empire 8||St. John Fisher|
|Great Northeast Athletic||Rhode Island College|
|Heartland Collegiate Athletic||Transylvania|
|Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic||Central (Iowa)|
|Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association||Hope|
|Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic||St. Thomas (Minn.)|
|New England Collegiate||Babson|
|New England Small College Athletic
|North Coast Athletic||Wittenberg|
|North Eastern Athletic||Penn State-Harrisburg|
|Old Dominion Athletic||Guilford|
|Presidents’ Athletic||Washington and Jefferson|
|St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic||Webster|
|Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic||La Verne|
|Southern Collegiate Athletic||Oglethorpe|
|Upper Midwest Athletic||North Central (Minn.)|
|USA South Athletic||Greensboro|
|Pool B||Pool C||Individual, School|
|Emory||Cal Lutheran||Grant Hinton, Centre|
|LaGrange||Christopher Newport||Doug Kennedy, Whittier|
||Rick O’Connell, Hampden-Sydney|
|Gustavus Adolphus||Nicholas Palladino, Rochester (N.Y.)|
|Huntingdon||Nick Zolotas, Salem State|