Columbia to Host the 2009 NCAA Men's Golf East Regional
Alabama Head Coach Jay Seawell
On placing first as a team, and qualifying for the national tournament::
"I'm very proud of my team; to win on such a great golf course makes it even more special. And it gives us a chance to play for a national championship which is every team's goal. II do want to thank Columbia University, and also Galloway National for being such great hosts. It was a great golf course, a great test and well run."
On freshman Hunter Hamrick, who took first place individually:
"I'm very proud of Hunter. We had two guys shoot the course record this week, and they're both true freshmen, which is great. I think it will give him great confidence for the future, and hopefully the next week."
Onlooking forward to the national tournament:
"I think we're starting to get the confidence, and the look of a team that can do something special next week. This week, and last two weeks of our conference play, we're starting to put together rounds and the confidence that it takes to win a national championship."
Individual Advancer Kyle Stanley, from Clemson
On his overall round today:
"I started out okay. I was able to make the turn at even par, which was good, and I made three bogeys on my back nine. I’m just glad I was able to finish strong and get through."
On whether he knew he was headed for a playoff:
"I really had no idea. I heard on the 17th hole that we might be one or two shots clear, but I was able to make a good three on that hole, and an eight footer for birdie on 18. "
On his playoff with Kent State's John Hahn:
"John hit a great tee shot and a great approach shot. I had about a 25-footer, and I made my putt, so we both birdied [the first hole]. Luckily, on the second, I got up and down from the front bunker, and was able to make birdie when he made par."
On advancing to Nationals:
"This will be my third time at Nationals. Of course, I'd like to be going with my team, but I’m going to take it. I'm very excited."
2009 NCAA DIVISION I EAST REGIONAL ANNOUNCED
Galloway National Golf Club – Galloway, New Jersey
Hosted by Columbia University
Teams (seeded in the following order):
3. Illinois (Big Ten Conference)
5. Wake Forest
6. Colorado State
7. Kent State (Mid-American Conference)
8. Coastal Carolina (Big South Conference)
10. Penn State
12. VCU (Colonial Athletic Association)
13. Columbia (Ivy Group)
14. Sacred Heart (Northeast Conference)
1. Kevin O’Connell, North Carolina
2. Dan Woltman, Wisconsin
3. Robert Karlsson, Liberty
4. Peter Williamson, Dartmouth
5. Eric Hawerchak, Central Connecticut
COLUMBIA SELECTED TO HOST THE 2009 NCAA DIVISION I EAST REGIONAL at GALLOWAY NATIONAL GOLF CLUB
The NCAA Division I Men's Golf Committee has selected Columbia
University to host the 2009 NCAA Division I East Regional at the
Galloway National Golf Club in Galloway, N.J. on May 14-16th, 2009.
“We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to host the Division I East Regional,” said Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, Columbia’s Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education. “This is another step in our commitment to excellence for Columbia Athletics and the Columbia golf program. This will be an outstanding event.”
Galloway National Golf Club is a private, world-class, 18-hole championship golf course, designed by world-renowned architect Tom Fazio. The facility has played host to the Ivy League Championship in 2007, as well as many other prestigious events, including the U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifier in 2004 and the N.J. State Mid-Amateur Championship in 2001, 2002 and 2005.
A par 71, with new tees being added before the championship, the course will stretch over 7,000 yards.
"It is truly an honor to host the East Regional in 2009,” said Rich Mueller, Director of Golf/Head Men’s Golf Coach at Columbia University. “I know that teams fortunate enough to make it to this event are going to have their hands full with this golf course. This Fazio design is extremely difficult, tee to green, and I have every expectation that truly only the best teams in the region will advance to the final.”
In addition to the staff at Galloway National, this tournament will receive support from the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority.