NCAA PREVIEW: Berry men's golf

NCAA PREVIEW: Berry men's golf

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Berry College men's golf team was selected to compete in the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships.

What: NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships

Who: Forty one teams selected including Berry College (first selection)

Where: Grandover Resort, Greensboro, N.C.

When: May 13-16, 2014 (Note: Team cut after second day)

Media Links: Championships Website / Live Stats /  Live video (final day only) 

How We Got Here: Berry College earned a Pool C/at large bid to the Championships. Berry brought a solid resume for consideration. The Vikings are ranked 15th in the current national rankings and 18th in the Golfstat statistical ledger. BC has a 300.9 stroke average and Tommy McCloskey leads the team with a 74.6 average.

The Berry Lineup: Tommy McCloskey, leads the Vikings with a 74.45 stroke average. The sophomore from Framingham, Mass. tops the club in top five (2) and top ten (5) finishes. Drew Kosko, a sophomore from Sarasota, Fla. boasts two top ten finishes are has a 75.77 stroke average. Kile Williams, a freshman from is third on the club in scoring (76.78).Junior Chase Kulczak is the only upperclassmen in Berry's five-man lineup. The North Point, Fla. Native cards a 77.1 average per round. Sophomore Ty Hampel is from Smyrna, Ga. and sports a 78.18 stroke average.

Viking Top Scoring: Berry College has produced nine sub-300 rounds this year. BC has two plus-four rounds this year:  a 288 at the Golfweek Preview and a 292 recorded at the Rhodes Fall Classic. McCloskey shot a minus-three 68 at the SAA Championships for the best individual round.

Berry Golf and Athletics: The BC men's golf team became Berry's third-ever team to make the NCAAs, yet the second one selected today. The women's tennis team was tabbed for the postseason two hours before golf announcement. The 2013-14 season is the first year Viking teams were eligible for the NCAAs. Berry College, however, has a strong tradition in men's golf. The Vikings advanced to 15 NAIA tournaments and won the team national crown in 1998. BC sponsors 21 intercollegiate athletic teams.

About Berry College: Berry College is an independent, coeducational college recognized nationally for the quality and value of its educational experience. Located on a magnificent campus encompassing more than 27,000 acres near Rome, Ga., Berry challenges its student body, consisting of more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students, to embrace a firsthand education that unites strong academic programs with opportunities for meaningful work experience, spiritual and moral growth, and significant service to others.  

SAA Represents: The Southern Athletic Association earned three selections to the tournament. Oglethorpe and Rhodes garnered two of the three Pool B bids, which are allotted to independents and conferences without an automatic qualifier. A relatively new league, the SAA will boats AQs for all sports in 2014-15. The SAA's three selections ties the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Association—Claremont-Mudd Scripps, LaVerne and Redlands--with the most in the event.

The Course: The teams will play Grandover's East and West Course a the Championships. Statistics for the courses are as follows: Grandover East Course Rating: 75.4 Course Slope: 140 Tournament Yardage: 7,210;Grandover West Course Rating: 72.7 Course Slope 137 Tournament Yardage: 6,770. The Vikings tee-off on the East Course on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m., after practice rounds on Sunday (East) and Monday (West).

Grandover Redux for Some: Eleven of the 18 teams which competed in the D3 Tournament Town Preview in September, are back at Grandover for the big dance. In addition to Berry, Illinios Wesleyan, Guilford, Wittenberg, Transylvania, Methodist, LaGrange, Oglethtorpe, St. Thomas (Minn.), Nebraska Wesleyan and St. Johns (Minn.) all played the Greensboro Course in the Fall. Illinois Wesleyan won the tournament with a two-day tally of 590. The Vikings were seventh after shooting 605.

Pairings: Pairings will be released Monday (May 12) afternoon to the coaches. The 41-team, 210-man tournament will be played over two courses (East and West). After 36 holes, the field will be trimmed to the top-15 teams, plus the top-five individuals not playing on one of the top-15 teams. The remaining 36 holes will be contested on the East Course May 15 and May 16.

Berry Head Coach Farrer: Brian Farrer enters is in his eleventh season as head golf coach at Berry College in 2013-14. In Berry's first chance at the NCAA Division III Championship, Farrer guided the team to national tournament with its 300.9 stroke average. Before Berry left the NAIA following the 2009-10 academic/athletic year, the Vikings had never fallen out the NAIA's top 25 during Farrer's tenure. In 2010, Farrer led both the men's and women's teams to the SSAC Championship and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament. The men's team placed fifth at the National Tournament, while the men were sixth.