Mustangs to Compete in NCAA Men's Golf Championship Second Time
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - After winning the Commonwealth Conference Men's Golf Championship, the Stevenson men's golf team was one of 30 teams to earn an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships May 14-17 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Florida.
The Mustangs who were ranked No. 6 in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region on May 1, will be making their second postseason appearance and first since 2007 when the team finished 33rd.
A total of 210 participants will compete at the national championships. In addition to the 30 automatic bids, four 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. There are also five individuals selected from the remaining players who have not qualified with a team.
Oglethorpe defeated Transylvania to claim its second national title in school history at the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship. Oglethorpe's Anthony Maccaglia shot a 6-under, 282 to take home the top individual honors at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.
Junior Ben Lukehart (Bel Air, Md./Mt. Carmel) owns a team-best 76.4 average this season while five other players are averaging under 80. Lukehart, senior Justin Hughes (Baldwin, Md./Calvert Hall) and sophomores Al El Kordi-Hubbard (Vienna, Va./James Madison) and Will Ellis (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall) finished in the top five as the Mustangs won the Commonwealth Conference Men's Golf Championship with two-day total of 618, 18 better than second-place Messiah who was ranked third in the latest NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region rankings.
Stevenson has had 19 individual top-5 finishes this season with three low medalist honors, including two by Ellis and one by Lukehart. The team shot a school record 296 in the second round of the Penn State Harrisburg Fall Invitational on September 22 and have won three tournaments this season, including the final two at the Messiah Falcon Spring Invitational and the Commonwealth Conference Championship.