INDIANAPOLIS — Berry College's Preston DeSantis earned one of just six individual bids to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships, the NCAA DIII Men's Golf Committee announced on Monday.
A freshman from Alpharetta, Ga., DeSantis earned the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Newcomer of the Year honor following a phenomenal freshman campaign. He jumped three spots on the final day of the SAA Championships to tie for third individually, helping the Vikings to the team's third runner-up finish in four years. DeSantis also posted an impressive eight under total at the Rhodes Spring Classic, helping the team to a record-setting 19 under victory. On the year, he led the team with a 73.46 scoring average. He ranks inside the top-40 in Division III according to Golfstat.
The championships, which will be held May 14-17 at Keene Trace Golf Club, in Nicholasville, Kentucky, will be hosted by Transylvania University. The team and individual champions will be determined after 72 holes of play or the conclusion of the last fully completed round. Forty-two teams and six individuals not on one of those teams will be selected to participate in the championships. After 36 holes of competition, the field will be cut to the top 18 teams and top six individuals not on one of those teams.
A total of 216 participants will compete at the 2019 championships. Thirty-two conferences were awarded an automatic qualification for the championships. Three teams were selected from Pool B, which consists of independent institutions and institutions that are members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification. The final seven berths were reserved for Pool C, which are institutions from automatic-qualifying conferences that are not the conference champion and any remaining Pool B teams. The six individuals are selected from the remaining players who have not qualified with a team.