Panthers’ Men’s Golf Squad Heads To Regionals

By  //  April 29, 2013

FIT Women's Golfers Awaiting Bid

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech’s men’s golf team has received an invitation to participate in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional for the third consecutive year.

Ray Badenhorst is one of the top golfers for Florida Tech's men's golf team this season. (Image courtesy of Florida Tech)
Ray Badenhorst is one of the top golfers for Florida Tech’s men’s golf team this season. (Image courtesy of Florida Tech)

The regional is scheduled for May 6 to 8 at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills.

This appearance is the program’s fourth in its 10-year history. The last three appearances have occurred during head coach Chris Saltmarsh’s tenure.

In all, 80 teams and 32 student-athletes have been selected to play at four regional sites. Twenty teams – 10 from the South Region and 10 from the Southeast Region – along eight individuals – four from each region – will compete at Mission Inn Resort and Club starting May 6.

The top seven teams and at minimum the top two individuals not with a top-seven team will advance to the NCAA Division II Championships May 20 to 24 at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa.

Seven of the 10 institutions invited to the regional from the South are Sunshine State Conference schools.

Joining FIT is SSC Tournament champion Barry, Eckerd, Florida Southern, Lynn, Nova Southeastern and Rollins.

Also in the mix are individual players from Delta State, Saint Leo, Tampa and West Georgia.

PANTHERS-180The Panthers have come close to earning a berth in the NCAA Division II Championships in each of the last two seasons.

Last season, they were one stroke away from forcing a one-hole playoff with South Carolina-Aiken for the last spot in the finals. Two seasons ago, they were within three strokes of a playoff.

With many new faces, FIT has placed among the top five in three tournaments this spring.

Florida Tech’s Ray Badenhorst was named to the All-Sunshine State Conference Second Team and leads the team with a 72.71 average. He has finished among the top 10 individuals in five of seven tournaments this season.

The NCAA will unveil its list of teams and individuals for the Division II Women’s Golf Super Regionals at 5 p.m. Monday at The Panthers women were ranked No. 6 in the South Region in the latest NCAA poll.

The top nine women’s teams will appear in the South Super Regional May 5 to 7 in Lakeland.