Wake Forest Wins East Regional

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 20, 2006, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of wakeforestsports.cstv.com
 
NCAAORLANDO, Fla. -- Wake Forest's surging men's golf team shot the best score of the day -- a 5-under par 283 -- to pass No. 1-ranked Georgia and No. 8-ranked UNLV on the final 18 holes to capture its second straight NCAA East Regional championship here today. The Demon Deacons finished the 54-hole event even par and one stroke in front of Georgia, the defending NCAA champion.
 
The win, most importantly, qualifies the Deacons for the May 31-June 3 NCAA Championships in Sunriver, Ore. The victory also gives Wake Forest three wins in one season for the first time since 2003 and consecutive wins in the same tournament for the first time in more than 20 years.
 
Last year Wake Forest won the NCAA East Regional at the Golf Club of Tennessee in Nashville. Winning this year's event may have been more difficult. Gusting winds were a factor throughout the tournament and the 27-team field included 10 schools ranked in the top 25 nationally.
 
Texas Tech finished a distant third at 9-over par, nine strokes behind the Deacons. North Carolina finished fourth, Coastal Carolina and Charlotte tied for fifth, followed by UCLA, Auburn, South Carolina, UCLA and UNLV. All 10 of those schools will advance to the NCAA Championships, joining the top 10 teams from both the Central and West regionals.
 
Three Deacons broke par on the final 18 holes at the par 72, 7,129-yard Lake Nona Golf Club layout. Senior Kyle Reifers, one of Wake's most consistent players in recent history, shot a 2-under 70 today to finish the tournament 3-under par and tied for fifth place. Reifers overcame back-to-back bogies on the second and third hole en route to shooting a 70. Junior Sean Moore, despite a 3-over 75 today, finished tied for 11th place (out of 140) with a cumalitive 1-over par.

The best Wake Forest round of the day belonged to senior Doug Manchester, who fired a 4-under par 68. Manchester jumped from 71st place after Friday's second round to finish tied for 21st place.
 
Deacon sophomore Webb Simpson finished 5-over par for the tournament and tied for 26th. Sophomore Chris McCartin, who shot a 1-under 71 today, finished 7-over for the tournament and tied for 46th.
 
UCLA's Kevin Chappell won the individual crown after shooting a 68 today to finish 5-under for the event. Chappell finished one stroke in front of Coastal Carolina's Dustin Johnson, UNLV's Jarred Texter and Southern California's Taylor Wood.
 
Wake Forest will advance to the NCAA Championships for the 42nd time in school history and for the third time in the last four years.
 
TEAM STANDINGS Wake Forest 285-296-283--864 (E) Georgia 284-294-287--865 (+1) Texas Tech 289-293-291--873 (+9) North Carolina 294-291-289--874 (+10) Coastal Carolina 301-288-288--877 (+13) Charlotte 299-290-288--877 (+13) UCLA 292-300-286--878 (+14) Auburn 296-294-289--879 (+15) South Carolina 304-293-284--881 (+17) UNLV 287-293-304--884 (+20) Georgia State 298-298-295--891 (+27) Georgia Southern 295-307-289--891 (+27) Indiana 299-305-287--891 (+27) Florida State 302-308-283--893 (+29) Southern California 298-294-303--895 (+31) Jacksonville 297-305-293--895 (+31) Notre Dame 300-308-289--897 (+33) Tennessee 310-293-298--901 (+37) Rhode Island 288-313-306--907 (+43) Western Illinois 298-315-302--915 (+51) Liberty 311-303-304--917 (+53) (Still on course at 6 p.m. but mathematically eliminated from top 10 -- complete results at www.golfstat.com) Maryland 305-312--617 (+41) George Washington 307-307--614 (+38) Wichita State 311-315--626 (+50) Richmond 309-316--625 (+49) Binghamton 312-324--636 (+60) Army 314-326--640 (+64)
 
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS 1 Kevin Chappell, UCLA 70-73-68--211 (-5) 2 Dustin Johnson, Coastal Carolina 71-72-69--212 (-4) 2 Jarred Texter, UNLV 70-70-72--212 (-4) 2 Taylor Wood, Southern California 70-69-73--212 (-4) 5 Kyle Reifers, Wake Forest 72-71-70--213 (-3) 5 Oscar Floren, Texas Tech 71-70-72--213 (-3) 5 Brendon Todd, Georgia 67-74-72--213 (-3)
 
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