The Demon Deacons will be the No. 5 seed at the Chapel Hill Regional
May 13, 2015
|Tournament Central >> NCAA Regional - Chapel Hill
|| May 14-16, 2015
|| Finley Golf Club (Par 72, 7242 yards) - Weather | Course Info
|Field (GolfStat Ranking)
|| Florida State (1), Stanford (11), North Carolina (19), Kennesaw State (24), Wake Forest (25), Clemson (36), Florida (37), Charlotte (50), McNeese State (62), Penn State (63), Miami (Ohio) (122), Loyola-Maryland (122) and Georgia-Regents.
1. Will Zalatoris|
2. Davis Womble
3. Paul McBride
4. Woody Woodward
5. Tanner Owen
|NCAA Regional History
||Wake Forest NCAA Regional History
Wake Forest Tournament History
The Demon Deacons will be the No. 5 seed at the Chapel Hill Regional.
This NCAA Chapel Hill Regional is full of top ranks, as the top-ranked team and the top-ranked individual will both compete. No. 1 Florida State heads the field of 13 teams, along with the #1 individual in the country, Maverick McNealy of Stanford.
This will be the 24th appearance for the Demon Deacons in an NCAA Regional.
Wake has failed to qualify for the regionals just once in the 24 years since the NCAA switched to the regional format. That was in 1999, when the Deacons were represented individually by Michael Capone.
The Deacs have qualified for the NCAA Championships 14 times through the regional format which started back in 1989.
The last time Wake Forest advanced through regionals was in 2009.
Wake has three regional victories, all within the last nine years.
The first win came at the East Regional in 2005 at the Golf Club of Tennessee when the team finished a remarkable 17-under par. Sean Moore and Kyle Reifers led the way with a pair of top-10 finishes as Moore finished tied for 3rd at 10-under and Reifers was tied for 10th at 6-under.
A year later at the East Regional at Lake Nona Country Club, the same duo led the way to Wake's second-straight regional victory. Reifers finished fifth at 3-under par while Moore was tied for 11th at 1-over par. The Deacons won the tournament by 9-shots over Texas Tech.
Wake's third regional victory came in 2008 when it outlasted a very strong field in adverse conditions at the Ohio State Scarlet Course. Wake won the event over No. 1-ranked Alabama and No. 3-ranked Oklahoma State. The Deacons finished at 27-over par, 10 shots ahead of the Cowboys. Brendan Gielow finished tied for second overall at 2-over after strong rounds of 69-72-74. Dustin Groves enjoyed his best tournament of the year as he finished fourth after rounds of 72-70-74.
In all, Wake is looking to qualify for its 45th NCAA Championships.
Wake Forest Notes
Wake Forest is ranked No. 25 by Golfstat.com and No. 19 by Golfweek.
Will Zalatoris is ranked No. 14 by Golfstat.com. He is the highest ranked freshman in the country.
Will Zalatoris was named the ACC Freshman of the Year. Zalatoris is the fourth Demon Deacon to earn ACC Men's Golf Freshman of the Year honors, joining Justin Roof (1994), Bill Haas (2001) and Webb Simpson (2005). Zalatoris also earned a spot on the All-ACC Men's Golf team. The Demon Deacons have now had at least one member on the All-ACC team every year since 1999.
The Demon Deacons are on pace to shatter the program's team scoring record of 288.43 set over 35 rounds in 2001-02. This year Wake Forest has a stroke average of 283.50 after 26 rounds.
The Demon Deacons posted their third win of the season with a 28 stroke victory at the Yale Spring Invitational. The win at Yale followed victories at Primland and the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate in the fall. Wake Forest hasn't won three tournaments in a season since 2005-06. That year the Deacs won the Mattaponi Springs Shootout, The Hootie at Bulls Bay and the NCAA East Regional.
Junior Davis Womble won his first collegiate tournament of his career with a 6-under 204 at Yale. He fired rounds of 70-66-68 to edge teammate Paul McBride by two strokes. Womble's 54 hole score of 204 is a new career low, besting his previous career low of 205 from Primland in the fall.