COURTESY OF DOMINICAN COLLEGE ATHLETICS
DANIELS, W.Va. (May 11, 2017) -- The Dominican College men's golf team became the first program in school history to win an NCAA Division II Regional Championship, as they took home the team title on Wednesday at the NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Regional. The Chargers bested the second place team, St. Thomas Aquinas College, by one stroke to win the Championship held at The Resort at Glade Springs.
It marked the third super regional golf title for a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) team since 2012 and the second championship in the last three seasons, as Wilmington University captured the regional crown in 2015. WilmU also claimed the 2012 NCAA super regional championship.
Following day one action, the Chargers were in second place with a score of 300. They followed in day two action with a 298 team score (598 total) to remain in second place among 20 teams competing from the Atlantic and East Regions.
Dominican had a team score of 301 (+13) on Wednesday to finish with a three-day total of 899 (+35) to win the regional championship and a berth in the NCAA National Championship.
St. Thomas Aquinas College finished in second place (900), followed by the University of Charleston (903) and Le Moyne College (904) to round out the Top Four teams.
The team comprised of freshmen and sophomores, under third-year head coach, Keith Prokop ('14), will travel to the NCAA National Golf Championships, which will be held May 22-26, at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Florida.
Sophomore Leonard Lee (Wyckoff, N.J.) finished in fourth place overall with rounds of 77, 71 and 71 to accure a three-day total of 219. On days two and three, Lee was one under par.
Fellow sophomore Daniel Parker (Ocean City, Md.) shot a 76 today to finish with a three-day total of 223 (73, 74) to tie for seventh place overall.
Hunter Wescott (Salem, Ore.) had a first-round score of 69 (-3) and followed with rounds of 77 and 78 to tie for 15th place with a combined score of 224.
Freshman Carlos Armas Stenner (Durango, Mexico) had a final score of 236 (81, 76, 79) to tie for 68th place.
Rookie Jayce Robinson (Sparks, Nevada) shot rounds of 82, 84 and 76 to tie for 91st place with a 242 total score.
The Chargers become the first team in school history to win a NCAA Division II Regional Championship and qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championships. Previously, golfer Brian Mackey ('08) won the individual regional championship crown and competed at the 2008 NCAA Championships in Houston, Texas, as an individual qualifier.
At a minimum, the top three teams and the top two student-athletes not with a team from each regional (regardless of region) will advance to the finals May 22-26, at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. The remaining eight team berths will be allocated based on the regions represented in the prior year's medal-match portion of the championships, with the maximum number of teams from a given region capped at seven. The finals will be hosted by the Sunshine State Conference and Central Florida Sports Commission.
ABOUT THE CACC
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Nyack College, Philadelphia University, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.