Men's Golf at the Division III NCAA Tournament
Tuesday, May 12-Friday, May 15
Grandover Resort East Course—Greensboro, N.C.
The Babson College men's golf team, which won the NECC championship back in early October, is one of 41 teams set to compete at the 2015 Division III Championship starting on Tuesday at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C. Each squad will play one round on the East Course and one on the West Course over the first two days of competition before the field is cut to the top 15 squads for the final 36 holes on Thursday and Friday.
The Grandover Resort, which is hosting the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Tournament for the second year in a row, features a pair of courses that will be used for competition during the championship. Teams will play both the East and West courses over the first two rounds before all play moves to the East Course for the final 36 holes. The East Course is a par 72 layout that can be stretched to 7,200 yards from the tips, while the West Course is a par 72 links-style layout that will play to 6,710 yards this week. In addition to last year's championship, the Grandover Resort also hosted a NCAA Division I men's regional and a Nationwide Tour open qualifier in 2012.
BEAVERS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT:
The Green and White is making its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since finishing 38th in 2012. The Beavers took part in the Division II Championship in 1971 and 1972, and will compete in their seventh Division III tournament this week. Babson came in 10th back in 1972 and its top Division III finish came in 1982 when it finished 15th.
The Beavers will open the championship at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday on the 10th tee of the East Course along with Farmingdale State College and Rutgers University-Camden. Babson will start its second round from the first tee of the West Course at 12 p.m. on Wednesday.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS:
Babson is coming off a tie for third place at the Elms Spring Invitational back on April 22. Junior Vijay Vasandani carded a 7-over par 79 to tie for 12th place, while first-year Pranav Mohan was one of three Beavers to tie for 13th position after shooting 80. Mohan, who has shot 80 or better in 10 of his 14 competitive rounds this season, leads the Green and White with a 79.64 stroke average. Vasandani, a three-time all-league honoree, is second on the squad in scoring average (80.07), and first-year Kyle Alexander, who has broken 80 in seven of his 15 rounds this season, is third at 80.20. Classmate Andrew Neal (82.22) and junior Chris Maguire (82.71), who also has also earned All-NECC accolades in three straight seasons, will also make their NCAA Tournament debut this week.
SCOUTING THE FIELD:
The top 13 teams and 16 of the top 20 Division III squads will be part of the 41-team field this week at the Grandover Resort. University of the Redlands, which sits atop the most recent Golfstat Division III rankings, is looking to win its first national title after posting four runner-up finishes since 2004. Oglethorpe University, which won the 2012 title and finished second last spring, LaGrange College and Methodist University are all ranked in the top five after posting top-10 finishes at the 2014 Division III Championship. Defending champion Schreiner University, which won its first national title by five strokes last season, is looking to become the first Division III squad to repeat since St. John's (Minn.) won back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
The 36-hole cut at the 2014 Division III Championship held at the Grandover Resort came at 599 strokes…the average team score at last year's championship was 307.39…there were a total of 47 rounds played under par at least year's tournament…Babson, which is one of five New England teams in the 2015 Division III Championship, is looking to become the first team from the region to make the 36-hole cut since 2007.
DID YOU KNOW?:
Second-year head coach Jeff Page, who played at Quinnipiac University, qualified for the NCAA Tournament in both 1979 and 1980, and earned All-America honors during his season year.