SOSU Golf set for NCAA DII Championships

DENVER, Colo. - Southeastern golf will make history on May 17 when it tees off for the first round of its first ever trip to the NCAA Division II Championships at Green Valley Ranch GC in Denver, Colo.

The Savage Storm will have its first tee time at 8:30 a.m. local time (9:30 a.m. central) on the 7,327 yard, par-72 course. The event will feature three rounds May 17, 18 and 19 with the top eight teams then advancing to a match play tournament style format. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played on May 20 with the finals of match play on May 21.

Hayden Foster will lead SE off the tee at 8:30 a.m. on the first hole, followed by Guillermo Retana at 8:41, Marcos Sevilla Suarez at 8:52, Zach James at 9:03 and Mason Horner at 9:14.

Southeastern moved into the NCAA D-II top 50 rankings at 42nd after advancing to the championship with its second place finish at the Central/Midwest Super Regional in Allendale, Mich., where the squad was just one stroke behind Central Missouri for the regional championship.

The Storm held leads during the second and the final rounds, and moved up from third-place on the final day to finish second, just one-shot behind winner UCM, firing a three-round score of 901 to UCM's 900.

The final round played as the most difficult of the tournament by far as SE battled rain for nearly the entire day along with wind chills in the 30's to card a 310 on Wednesday after rounds of 291 and 300 for the first two rounds. No team was able to break the 300 mark on the final day.

James carried his momentum into the final round and despite firing a seven-over 78 on the day he finished second in the tournament, just one shot off the lead. He posted one birdie and survived a pair of double-bogeys by posting 11 pars. He finished with a three-round tally of 219.

Foster carded the team's best final round with a five-over 76 which moved him into a tie for 21st with a 227 total event score. He turned in three birdies and posted par scores on nine holes to offset six over-par holes.

One of the players in that tie for 21st was Horner who carded a 79 on the final day to also finish with a 227 for the week. He posted a pair of birdies, but was plagued by nine over-par holes to go eight-over for the round.

Retana matched James' final round score of 78, doing so with a birdie and 10 pars, with seven of those coming on the back-nine. The round brought his total score to 230 which put him in a tie for 38th.

Sevilla rounded out the Storm golfers, matching the same final round 78 posted by James and Retana. Sevilla turned in three birdies on the front nine. He finished the week with a 232 in a tie for 54th.

With the second-place regional finish, SE has now posted four runner-up finishes on the season and finished in the top five in nine of their 12 tournaments.

James leads the club with a 73.86 average per round and is coming off his best finish of the season in second at the regional. He has tallied a low round of 67 and four rounds in the 60's with 11 at par or better on the year.

Horner has picked up a pair of wins this season and carries a 73.97 per round average while also posting a low round of 67 with five rounds in the 60's and 11 at par or better.

Sevilla and Foster each average in the 75 per round range and have combined for nine rounds at par or better, including a best mark of 69 posted by Foster.