May 10, 2011

Guillaume and Moot headed to NCAA Men's Golf Regional at Radford, Va.

BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Campbell University teammates Vaita Guillaume and Matt Moot have been selected to play in the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Regional Championship, May 19-21 at Radford, Va.

Guillaume and Moot were two of 10 individuals chosen along with 13 teams that will compete at the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech.

"I'm very happy for these two young men, who are both outstanding student-athletes at Campbell University," said head coach John Crooks. "For Matt, it's a chance to put an exclamation point beside an excellent career. Vaita has had a great year, led us all season, and it's another opportunity for him to play in the NCAAs. We look forward to the challenge and appreciate the opportunity the NCAA has given these two young men to play for a national title."

The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each of the six regional championships will advance to the NCAA finals, May 31-June 5 at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla.

A junior from Papeete, Tahiti, Guillaume collected second-team Atlantic Sun all-conference honors for the third-straight year. He led the Camels with a 71.9 stroke average and ranked 159th nationally in the Golfstat Cup. Guillaume stands fifth in the latest national ratings in par-5 scoring (4.58) and is 19th nationally in both average putts per round (29.38) and putts on green (1.788).

On the year, Guillaume produced eight top-20 finishes, including three top-fives, in 10 stroke play outings. In addition, he went 4-0 at The Match Play where he knocked off competitors from UConn and Notre Dame.

Guillaume shot a collegiate career-low and tied a school record with a 64 in the opening round of the Charleston Shootout (Feb. 28-Mar. 1), where he finished second (64-71-75-210). He tied for fourth at the Georgetown Intercollegiate and finished fifth at the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational.

Moot capped the season with a second-place finish at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship (69-69-72-210), his third runner-up showing of the year. The senior from Johnstown, Pa., recorded a 72.2 stroke average and ranks 195th in the latest Golfstat Cup listing. He stands 14th in nationally in greens-in-regulation (.733), according to Golfstat.

He finished among the top 20 golfers in each of his last seven stroke play events, including second-place showings at the Georgetown Intercollegiate, where Campbell claimed team honors, and the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate.

A two-time A-Sun all-tournament performer, Moot finished fourth in the 2010 A-Sun event. He was also a second-team A-Sun all-conference honoree.

A-Sun team champion Kennesaw State earned the league's automatic bid and will compete in the Ocala, Fla., regional. League runner-up North Florida is headed to the Erie, Colo., regional.

In 2006, Golf Digest recognized the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech as a Best New Course and in 2007 as the fourth-best Newly Remodeled golf course in America.

In 2009, Golf Digest awarded the course a four and one-half-star rating and included it in its Best Places to Play. This recognition elevated the course to a select group that includes courses at The Homestead, The Greenbrier, Kingsmill, and Pinehurst.

Bentgrass tees, fairways and greens, strategically-placed Dye-trademark pot bunkers and breathtaking river vistas from all 18 holes highlight the links design. The layout winds along 2.5 miles of the scenic and historic New River with eight holes directly affected by its presence.

The par threes face north, south, east and west. The remaining 14 holes require a mixture of shots, as seven play left-to-right and the other seven play right-to-left. The par fives on each side head in opposite directions, as do the two longest par fours. For the NCAA Regional, the Pete Dye River Course will play to par-72, 7685 yards.

Live scoring of the NCAA Regional will be available daily on-line at www.Golfstat.com. Play is scheduled to begin on the 19th and 20th at 8:00 a.m. and at 7:30 a.m. on the 21st.

Under the direction of 22-year head coach John Crooks, Campbell individuals have earned individual NCAA invitations on four previous occasions. Georges Plumet (1998, 1999), Simon Dunn (2002) and Fredric Sundberg (2007) each represented CU in regional competition, while the 2009 team earned the A-Sun's automatic bid to the Sorrento, Fla., berth after winning the league title.

NCAA Regional Men's Golf Championship
May 19-21, 2011
Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech / Radford, Va.

(Conference automatic qualifiers in parenthesis)
1. Georgia Tech (Atlantic Coast)
2. LSU
3. Duke
4. Virginia
5. Oklahoma
6. Kent State (Mid-American)
7. Virginia Tech
8. Ole Miss
9. East Carolina
10. UNC Wilmington (Colonial Athletic Association)
11. Coastal Carolina
12. Lamar
13. Yale (Ivy League)

Individuals:
1. T.J. Howe, Penn State
2. John Popeck, Maryland
3. Jake Katz, Binghamton
4. Vaita Guillaume, Campbell
5. Adam Hofmann, Vanderbilt
6. Chandler Brazeal, Wofford
7. Matt Moot, Campbell
8. Richard Fountain, Davidson
9. Herbert Day, Xavier
10. Peter Williamson, Dartmouth