May 8, 2012

Griffin Eyeing the Prize

CONOVER, N.C. - Day 1 at the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Golf Regional was all about a fast start for Georgia Southwestern standout J.P. Griffin as he birdied five of his first seven holes. On Day 2 at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa it was all about a strong finish. Griffin birdied four of his final six holes on Tuesday afternoon to finish with an even par 72 in Round 2 and a 4-under 140 overall.

Griffin's tremendous finish was easily the highlight in an otherwise rough afternoon for the Hurricanes. GSW struggled from the get-go and posted a 14-over par 302. Southwestern heads into the final round tied for 17th place at the 20-team event, 20 strokes behind the leader Georgia College.

The top five teams and the top two players not on a qualifying team advance to the finals May 15-19, at The Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Ky., as part of the 2012 Division II Spring Championships Festival. Griffin is in a tie for second overall at this week's 108-player event, two strokes out of the lead, but holds the second individual spot in the finals by one stroke over Ben Taylor from Nova Southeastern. 

Nate Gahman and Christopher Hall managed to shave a stroke off their opening round 77s as both finished with a score of 76 on Tuesday. Gahman shot 3-under over his final nine to catch Hall. Craig Gibson shot a 78. Travis Oestmann carded an 83.

Southwestern golfers will be paired with competitors from Wingate University and Valdosta State in Round 3 on Wednesday morning. Live stats are available at the following link.

Oestmann starts things off at 7:30 a.m. and will be followed by Hall (7:40 a.m.), Griffin (7:50 a.m.) and Gahman (8 a.m.). Gibson will be in the 'Canes final group at 8:10 a.m.

GSW is just one of 80 teams participating in the NCAA Tournament. Regional play wraps up at all four hosting sites on Wednesday.

2012 SOUTH/SOUTHEAST NCAA REGIONAL - TEAM SCORES

  Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total  
(16) Georgia College 291 289
  580
+4
(RV) Florida Tech
286 295
  581
+5
(8) UNC Pembroke
296
288
  584
+8
(1) Barry
295
289
  584
+8
(13) USC Aiken 294 290
  584
+8
(5) Lynn 288 298
  586
+10
(14) Florida Southern 297 293
  590
+14
Eckerd College
295
295
  590
+14
(21) Barton College
290
300
  590
+14
(7) West Florida 298 293
  591
+15
(4) North Alabama 298 293
  591
+15
(25) Rollins College
291
301
  592
+16
(18) Armstrong 297 295
  592
+16
(2) Nova Southeastern 298 297
  595
+19
(RV) Columbus State 301 297
  598
+22
Coker College 301 297
  598
+22
(19) GSW 298 302
  600 +24
(RV) Carson-Newman 296 304
  600
+24
(23) Wingate 298 307
  606
+30
Valdosta State 309 307
  616
+40
           
( ) - NCAA Division II ranking in latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Poll with RV = received votes

GSW SCORES

Place   Rd 1
Rd 2
Rd 3 Total  
T2 J.P. Griffin 68 72
  140
-4
T73 Nate Gahman 77 76
  153
+9
T73 Chris Hall 77
76
  153
+9
T83 Craig Gibson 76 78
  154
+10
105 Travis Oeastmann 80
83
  163
+19