VALDOSTA, Ga. (men’s golf)–Fourteen of the top 23 teams in the nation, according to the latest GolfStat NCAA Division II rankings, competed in the 2007
Southern Intercollegiate, hosted by No. 16 Valdosta State, beginning Monday, March 19 at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.
The 18-team field for one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Division II golf tournaments consisted of seven teams currently ranked in the Top 10
in the nation, including No. 1 Florida Gulf Coast, No. 2 Florida Southern as well as third-ranked and defending tournament champion West Florida.
Additionally, sixth-ranked Barry, No. 7 Georgia College, No. 8 Nova Southeastern and No. 10 Lynn also competed. The field was rounded out by 11th-ranked
Armstrong Atlantic, No. 14 Eckerd, No. 17 Presbyterian, 20th-ranked North Alabama, No. 21 Florida Tech, No. 23 Rollins, No. 49 Coker, No. 50 Saint Leo, No.
52 Tampa and 56th-ranked West Georgia.
Three of GolfStat’s Top 100 amateur golfers in the nation, regardless of collegiate level, were present at the event, including two from West Florida in
the form of 54th-ranked Matt Galloway and No. 77 David Lingmerth. Armstrong Atlantic’s Chris Wolfe, currently ranked 86th nationally, also competed.
The 2007 Southern Intercollegiate began with 36 holes on Monday before concluding with 18 holes on Tuesday, March 20. Monday’s first round was scheduled to
begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. with the second round immediately following. Tuesday’s final round began at 8:30 a.m., with teams teeing off from
the first and 10th holes every eight minutes.
Kinderlou Forest, one of the premiere courses in South Georgia, features a par-72, 7,127 yard course designed by Davis Love, III.
West Florida registered a final round 289 (+1) Tuesday to claim a seven stroke victory at the Southeastern Collegiate, hosted by Valdosta State at
Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.
The Argonauts, who won the tournament for the second straight year, shot an 866 (+2) for the tournament and were led by David Lingmerth, who shot a
six-under 210 to claim medalist honors.
Florida Southern used a final day rally to move into second place overall, shooting a 291 (+3) to finish nine-over par at 873 while Nova Southeastern
finished with a three-round total of 878 (+14) after shooting a 299 (+11) on Tuesday.
Georgia College shot a 295 (+7) and finished in fourth with an 884 (+20) while North Alabama followed in fifth with an 891 (+27) after tallying a 304 (+16)
in the final round. Armstrong Atlantic shot a 303 (+15) on Tuesday and finished sixth with an 893 (+29) while Valdosta State and Presbyterian both shot 301
(+13) in the final round and tied for seventh at 897 (+33).
Rollins (303 / +15 on Tuesday) and Barry (309 / +21) tied for ninth at 898 (+34) while Lynn claimed 11th with a 35-over 899 after shooting a 294 (+6) in
the final round. Florida Gulf Coast (291 / +3) and West Georgia (296 / +8) tied for 14th at 901 (+37) and Florida Tech (314 / +26) and Eckerd (305 / +17)
finished tied at 45-over (909). Coker shot a 308 (+20) on Tuesday and finished at 49-over with a 913 while St. Leo finished 61-over par (925) after
shooting a 314 (+26) in the final round. Tampa rounded out the field, shooting a 311 (+23) on Tuesday to finish 64-over with a 928.
Lingmerth defeated Presbyterian’s Hugh Morrison (215 / -1) by five strokes as just two individuals finished under par in the tournament. Florida Southern’s
Greg Koch shot an even-par 216 to finish third while Matthew Galloway of West Florida, Scott Aydelotte of Lynn and North Alabama’s Wes Smith were all
one-over (217) and tied for fourth.
The Panthers top performer was senior Justin Regier (East Amherst, N.Y.) tied for 16th place shooting a three round 221. He was the top golfer from Tech
all three rounds shooting a 75 first round, a 69 –low team score- and a 77 final round.
Pairings for the first two rounds on Monday included:
Teeing off on holes 1-3 – Valdosta State, Georgia College and West Florida
Teeing off on holes 4-6 – Florida Gulf Coast, Florida Southern and Barry
Teeing off on holes 7-9 – Nova Southeastern, Lynn, and Armstrong Atlantic
Teeing off on holes 10-12 – Eckerd, Presbyterian and Florida Tech
Teeing off on holes 13-15 – Rollins, Coker and North Alabama
Teeing off on holes 16-18 – Saint Leo, Tampa and West Georgia
Pairings for the final round on Tuesday included:
Hole 1 (starting at 8:30 a.m.) – Armstrong Atlantic, Florida Tech, Rollins
Hole 10 (starting at 8:30 a.m.) – Florida Gulf Coast, St. Leo, Tampa
Hole 1 (starting at 9:10 a.m.) – North Alabama, Georgia College, Barry
Hole 10 (starting at 8:30 a.m.) – Lynn, Coker, West Georgia
Hole 1 (starting at 9:50 a.m.) – West Florida, Nova Southeastern, Florida Southern
Hole 10 (starting at 9:50 a.m.) – Valdosta State, Presbyterian, Eckerd
information provided by Valdosta State Sports Information
FLORIDA TECH RESULTS:
T 14 Florida Inst of Tech 301 294 314 909
T 16 Justin Regier 75 69 77 221
T 33 Dan Moline 75 72 78 225
T 62 Jeff Wittup 72 78 81 231
T 70 David D’Agostino 79 76 79 234
T 80 Anthony Klingensmith 80 77 80 237