Men's Golf Wins First-Ever Regional Title

Carlos Velez was the top finisher for the Buccaneers, tied for 2nd overall. Photo by Joel Auerbach.
WILSON, N.C.—The top-ranked Barry University men’s golf team posted a team total three-under 281 in the final round to win their first-ever regional title at the NCAA DII Men’s South/Southeast Regional Golf Tournament on Wednesday afternoon. Barry completed the tournament with a seven-under 845 (283-281-281). The Bucs were tied with SSC-rival Lynn after the second round but finished one stroke better than the Knights to earn the win.
 
Lynn took second after finishing the first round in sixth place. Florida Southern moved from an eighth place tie after round one and fourth place after the second round to take third in the tournament. Nova Southeastern dropped a spot from the second round to take fourth while Queens College of Charlotte rounded out the top five.
 
"We had a nice battle with Lynn today, and we're happy we came out on top," head coach Jimmy Stobs said. "This is by far the strongest field we've played all year."
 
Carlos Velez continued to lead the way for the Buccaneers posting a -4 67 in the final round to finish with a combined 208 (70-71-67). Individually, Velez finished the tournament in a three-way tie for second with St. Leo’s JP Albuquerque and Daniel Claytor of Barton College. Velez was tied for 15th after the first round and 10th after the second.  His final round 67 tied for the second lowest score of the day and was the catalyst to propel him to the top of the leader board.
 
Chris Carlin had a solid day for the Buccaneers as well. Carlin posted a third-round 69 and finished one stroke shy of Velez with a combined 209 (71-69-69) for the tournament. Carlin was tied for ninth place after two rounds but finished in a three-way tie for fifth with Nova Southeastern’s Bobby Bode and Lynn’s Marcus Williams.
 
"I'm very happy that Carlos and Chris played very solid golf over the last three days" Stobs said.
 
For the remaining Buccaneers, Guillermo Pumarol finished with a two-over 215 (71-72-72) and in a tie for 20th overall. He moved up five spots on the day. Daniel Stapff posted a 217 (71-69-77) for the tournament. He finished tied for 33rd. Victor Billskoog completed the Buccaneer five with a 223 (78-72-73).
 
"It really feels good," Stobs said. "The guys fought really hard. They feel good and they should. They worked really hard to achieve this," added Stobs.
 
With the win, the men’s team moves onto the DII National Championship in Noblesville, Ind. On May 18-21. The men’s golf team, which won the National Championship in 2007, had a strong showing in last year’s tournament, finishing fourth overall.  Along with the Buccaneers, Lynn, Florida Southern, Nova Southeastern, and Queens University of Charlotte move onto the national tournament.
 
Stay tuned to the Buccaneer athletic page for more information concerning the Division II Golf National Championship. To visit the tournament homepage, click here.
 
ROUND TWO RESULTS
WILSON, N.C.--The Barry University men’s golf team shot a three-under 281 in the second round of the NCAA Division II Men’s South/Southeast Golf Regional on Tuesday to move into a tie for first place heading into the final round tomorrow. The Bucs have fired a combined 564 overall.
 
Lynn University shot a strong nine-under 275 in the second round to move up three spots into the tie at the top with the Bucs. Nova Southeastern is in third, one back from the leaders with a 565 (285-280). Florida Southern is in fourth and Lander rounds out the top five.
 
For the Buccaneers, Chris Carlin (71-69) and Daniel Stapff (71-69) had strong days, finishing the round with a two-under 69. Both players are currently tied for ninth with a 140.
 
Carlos Velez is tied for 15th after firing a second-round 71. His total through two rounds is 141. Guillermo Pumarol posted a 72 on the second day of play and is currently tied for 25th overall with a 143. Victor Billskoog rounds out the Buccaneer finishers after posting a 72 on the second day. He is at 150 (78-72) for the tournament.
 
The teams return to action tomorrow to wrap up competition at the tournament.
 
ROUND ONE RESULTS
 
WILSON, N.C.— The Barry University men’s golf team is in second place after the first round of play at the NCAA Division II Men’s South/Southeast Golf Regional. The Bucs fired a combined one-under 283 after the first round. The Lander Bearcats are currently in first, a stroke ahead of the Bucs with a 282.
 
For the Buccaneers, recent SSC-Champion Carlos Velez led the way. Velez posted a one-under 70 (34-36) for the first day. Velez is alone in 10th place individually.
 
Chris Carlin (35-36), Guillermo Pumarol (36-35) and Daniel Stapff (35-36) each fired a 71 on the day. They are tied for 11th overall with 8 other golfers.
 
Victor Billskoog rounds out the Buccaneer finishers. Billskoog shot a seven-over 78 (42-36) on the day.
 
Valdosta State’s Chesley Gunn owns the individual lead with a round-low 67. Following Gunn are Daniel Claytor from Barton and Bryan Newton from Lander. Both shot a 68 for the day.
 
The field returns to action tomorrow for the second round. The top four schools in the tournament qualify for the national championship on May 18-21 in Noblesville, In.

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