LakePoint, Ga. - Behind a brilliant medalist performance by Travis Trace, North Florida advanced from the Norman Regional to secure a spot in the National Championship. Three ASUN Conference Men's Golf teams began the week in regional play, with the Ospreys being the lone team to advance. Jacksonville and Kennesaw State concluded their seasons with today's final round. The National Championship will be played in Stillwater, Okla. at the Karsten Creek Golf Club from May 25-30.
North Florida, which hadn't advanced to the National Championship since 2013, will make their fifth appearance in program history after shooting 280 (-8) in the final round at the Norman Regional. The Ospreys finished a comfortable 11 strokes ahead of the sixth place spot in the field. They made an incredible effort down the stretch, playing the final six holes at eight under par to secure their top-five finish. Travis Trace collected his first career medalist honor on the biggest stage as he finished with score of 205 (-10) to become North Florida's first NCAA Regional medalist winner. It marks the second-straight season that an ASUN Men's Golfer has claimed medalist honors at a regional, after Lipscomb's Dawson Armstrong won his regional last year. Dillon Woods finished in a tie for seventh place, giving the Ospreys two two-10 finishers at the Norman Regional. Woods closed his strong outing with a two-under-par round of 70 (-2) to finish with a final score of 211. Andrew Alligood was two shots behind Woods with a score of 213, good enough to finish in a tie for 12th at the Norman Regional. Philip Knowles (224) and Michael Mattiace (230) rounded out the five players for the Ospreys.
For the seventh time in the last nine years, the ASUN Conference will be sending a team to the NCAA National Championship. The Ospreys will be making their fifth trip to the National Championship and first since the 2013 season. The Osprey's best finish came in 2012 when they finished tied for 12th at the NCAA National Championship.
Jacksonville closed out its NCAA Regional appearance shooting a 299 team score, the best for the team at this year's Columbus Regional. Raul Pereda closed out his stellar Dolphin career with a top-25 finish as he came in tied for 24th. ASUN Freshman of the Year, Michael Sakane was the Dolphins' next highest finisher as he came in a tie for 37th, with Eduardo Carette posting a T46th result at the regional. The Dolphins finished in a tie for 10th as a team in the 13-team field.
Kennesaw State's season came to a close as well at the Pacific Regional in Stockton, Calif. on Wednesday. The Owls were unable to make up the ground necessary to finish in the top-five. Kennesaw State was led by Connor Coffee who posted a top-25 finish. Pablo Torres was the next highest finisher for the Owls in T45th position. Wyatt Larkin, Brady Keran and Jake Fendt rounded out the five players the Owls featured at this year's NCAA Pacific Regional.