Demon Deacons are looking for their first trip to the NCAA Championship since 2009
May 16, 2012
University of Georgia Golf Club
May 17-19, 2012
Field (Golfstat Rank):
Alabama (4), North Florida (10), New Mexico (16), Georgia (24), Iowa (27), East Carolina (33), Long Beach State (40), Augusta State (45), Wake Forest (52), Houston (57), UT-Arlington (64), UNC Wilmington (99), Loyola (Md.) (164),
Thursday and Friday: Tee times starting at 8:00 a.m. off both tees.
Saturday: Tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. off both tees.
Golfstat - http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=3426
Wake Forest Lineup:
1. Lee Bedford
2. Charlie Harrison
3. Thomas Birdsey
4. Evan Beck
5. Cyrus Stewart
Wake Forest Tournament History: This will be the 22nd appearance for the Demon Deacons in an NCAA Regional.
Wake has failed to qualify for the regionals just once in the 23 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.
Wake has three regional victories, all within the last seven 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 and its sixth in the last eight years.
Wake Forest Notes:
Lee Bedford currently leads the team with an average of 72.4 and has the lowest individual round of the year with a 67. He earned his sixth top-10 finish of the season at the ACC Championship last time out as he finished runner-up at 9-under par.
Bedford also earned ACC Player of the Month honors for April and was named to his third-straight All-ACC team.
Wake Forest had its best performance of the season at the Seahawk Invitational earlier this spring, in which the team finished runner-up. Four of Wake's players placed in the top-20, including Cyrus Stewart, Thomas Birdsey, Lee Bedford, and Charlie Harrison.
Cyrus Stewart placed 2nd at the Seahawk Invitational with 5-under and a score of 211.
Thomas Birdsey achieved his fourth top-20 finish of the year at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate with a score of 219.