NCAA Men's Golf Division III Championship Preview

NCAA Men's Golf Division III Championship Preview

Men's Golf at the NCAA Division III Championship
Tuesday, May 16-Friday, May 19
Mission Inn Resort—Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

THE SETUP

The Babson College men's golf team is set to make it third consecutive NCAA Division III Championship appearance after capturing its third straight NECC title and the league's automatic bid back in October. The Beavers are one of 42 squads in the tournament, which will be cut down to the top 18 teams following Wednesday's second round.

TEE TIMES
The Beavers will playing alongside third-ranked Emory and 15th-ranked Illinois Wesleyan for the first two rounds. They will open the tournament on the first tee of the Las Colinas Course at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday and will begin the second round off the 10th tee at the El Campeon course on Wednesday at 12 p.m.

THE COURSES
The Mission Inn Resort, which is hosting the Division III Championship for the third time, boasts a pair of courses in El Campeon and Las Colinas that are both par 72 layouts that measure to more than 6,800 yards. El Campeon will host both the third and fourth rounds on Thursday and Friday.

BABSON IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
The Green and White is set to compete in its ninth NCAA Division III Championship and 11th national tournament appearance overall. The Beavers came in 10th at the Division II Tournament in 1972 and recorded its best Division III finish (13th) in 1982.

2016 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
Junior Pranav Mohan carded rounds of 73 and 78 to finish in a tie for 36th position at 8-over par 151 after 36 holes as the Beavers finished in a tie for 36th place at Midvale Country Club in Penfield, N.Y. The Green and White posted an opening round team score of 315 and were tied for 29th, but struggled in its second round to finish with a two-day team score of 650.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson put together its best season in recent years and enters this week's NCAA Championship after recording up solid results throughout the spring. The Beavers, who boast a 306.00 team scoring average, won the NEIGA Championship at the end of October and finished no worse than third in any of their five events in April. First-year Chris Bornhorst, the NECC Player and Rookie of the Year, leads the team with a 75.13 stroke average, while sophomore Lukas Linemayr shot just two rounds in the 80s and is second on the squad with a 76.92 average. Junior Kyle Alexander (77.75) and sophomores Riley Whitham (77.29) and Benjamin Crawford (77.50) have combined for seven top-10 finishes in 12 events this spring.

SCOUTING THE FIELD
The top 15 teams and 18 of the 25 squads in the GCAA Bushnell Division III poll will tee it up this week at the Division III Championship. Defending national champions Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (No. 13), top-ranked Huntingdon, No. 10 Wittenberg, No. 14 Washington & Lee and fifth-ranked Methodist all finished in the top five at last season's championship, and no team has won back-to-back titles since Saint John's (Minn.), which is currently ranked 12th, back in 2007 and 2008. Williams, Endicott, Saint Joseph's and Husson join the Beavers as the representatives from New England.

EXTENDING ITS STAY
The cutline, which has been expanded from 15 teams last season to 18 this year, has not been kind to teams from the region over the past 10 years. The Green and White is looking to become the first New England program to play the final two rounds since 2007.

CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERIENCE
Alexander will make his third consecutive NCAA Championship appearance, while Whitham made his debut in the national tournament last season.

FOLLOWING HIS LEAD
Head coach Jeff Page, who has won three straight NECC Coach of the Year awards, qualified for the NCAA Championship twice during his playing career at Quinnipiac and earned All-America honors in 1980.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
In the 2012 event at Mission Inn Resort, the team cut (top 15) came at 602 after 36 holes, while the top 18 squads with a total of 605 or better.

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