FLORENCE, Ala. -- The Barry University men's golf team held tough in the final round of the south/southeast regional to finish in third out of 20 teams Wednesday at the Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals Golf Course.
With Barry finishing with a 874 (288-288-298) and claiming third overall, the Bucs claimed one of the five spots out of the region to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Host North Alabama remained in second most of the day, but made their move over the final holes to jump Lynn and take first overall by one-stroke with a 868.
No. 1 Columbus State nearly caught the Bucs, finishing in fourth just one-shot back. No. 2 Georgia College and State grabbed the last spot out of regionals, placing just one-stroke behind Columbus State.
Victor Billskoog led throughout for the Bucs, as he started the day in fourth and finished in a tie for fourth after a final round 72, the same number he posted in round two and finished with an overall score of 214 (70-72-72).
Jake Greer of North Alabama carted a 210 to take the individual title, besting Barton College's Jonathan Burke by three-strokes.
Daniel Stapff fired a 76 on the final day to post a 219 (72-71-76) and helped him finish in 23rd overall.
Chris Carlin shot the same score everyday, as he posted a 74 every round to finish with a 222 and placed him in a tie for 34th.
Carlos Velez drilled a 72 each of the first two rounds, then shot a 78 on Wednesday to finish with a 222 (72-72-78) which also placed him in a tie for 34th.
Preston Roberts rounded out the team scoring with a 225 (76-73-76) and placed him in a tie for 48th.
The Bucs will now prepare for the NCAA Tournament that will take place on Tuesday, May 19th and continue through Friday the 22nd in Blaine, WA., at the Loomis Trail Golf Course.
Men's Golf Gains Ground
FLORENCE, Ala. -- The Barry University men's golf team stayed consistant, as the Bucs fired another 288 to bring their two-round total to 576 which has them in a tie for second at the south/southeast regional Tuesday at the Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals Golf Course.
Sunshine State Conference representatives Barry and Lynn made a jump up the leaderboard, as Lynn took over the top spot to hold a four-stroke lead over the Bucs. Host North Alabama slid from the top spot into a tie for second with Barry following a 295 in round two.
Victor Billskoog continues to lead the way for Barry, as his 72 on the second day brought his two-round total to 142, moving him from sixth into a tie for fourth.
Lynn's Chris Goldan, 138, continues to lead, but his lead has shrunk to just one-stroke over Jake Greer of North Alabama.
Daniel Stapff shaved a shot off his first day total to cart a 143 (72-71) to jump into the top-10 and into a tie for sixth.
Carlos Velez remains consistant for the Bucs, shooting another even-par 72 for a total of 144 which jumped him six-spots into a tie for 11.
Chris Carlin also shot the same as he did after the first round, with a 148 (74-74) he also moved up the leaderboard from a tie for 43rd into a tie for 35th.
Preston Roberts helped round out the team, as he made a large jump from a tie for 64th into a tie for 44th after firing a 73 on Tuesday to bring his total to 149 (76-73).
The Bucs will conclude the south/southeast regional on Wednesday.
Men's Golf In Third After Opening Round
FLORENCE, Ala. – The Barry University men’s golf team is right in the thick of things after the first round of the south/southeast regional Monday at the Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals Golf Course.
The Bucs sit in third after shooting a first round 288 which has the team at even par.
Host North Alabama leads the regional by seven over the Bucs and by four over second-place Lynn University.
The top three teams ranked nationally are right behind the Bucs, as after No. 16 West Florida which is just a stroke behind Barry, top-ranked Columbus State is plus-two, No. 2 Georgia College and State is also plus-two and No. 3 Nova Southeastern is plus-four.
Victor Billskoog had a solid opening round of 70 (-2) which has him just three shots behind the leader Chrisin Goldan.
Daniel Stapff and Carlos Velez each carted a 72 which has him them in a tie for 17th.
Chris Carlin 74 tied for 43rd and Preston Roberts 76 rounds out the team as he is in a tie for 64th.
The Bucs will continue regionals with the second round Tuesday morning.