GREENSBORO, N.C. – Big South Conference player of the year Vaita Guillaume of Campbell University will tee off Thursday at 10:20 a.m. in the first round of the NCAA East Regional men's golf championship at the Grandover Resort East Course.
One of five individuals and 14 teams selected to play in the 54-hole event, Guillaume will be paired with Devin O'Grady of Mount St. Mary's and Andres Pumariega of George Washington. The threesome will begin from the first tee and will be the final group in the 75-man field to start on the par-72, 7,271-yard course.
Live scoring will be available online at Golfstat.com.
The top five teams and low individual not on those teams at each of six regionals will advance to the NCAA Championship, May 29-June 3 at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
A native of Papeete, Tahiti, Guillaume is the first player in Campbell men's golf history to participate in three NCAA regional championships. He advanced to the 2009 regional round in his freshman season after the Camels won the Atlantic Sun Conference team title. Last year, he received an individual berth along with teammate Matt Moot to the Virginia Tech regional.
Only Guillaume, Moot (2009, 2011) and Georges Plumet (1998, 1999) have participated in multiple NCAA regional championships in the school's men's golf Division I era (since '77-78).
Entering the regional, Guillaume leads the nation in par-4 scoring (3.97), according to Golfstat.com. He ranks 8th in the country in average score (70.69), which is tops among Big South Conference players. Guillaume stands 9th in subpar strokes per round (4.21), 11th in score vs. par (-0.76), tied for 14th in lowest round (64),and tied for 36th with 116 birdies. He is ranked 43rd nationally in the Golfstat Cup.
Guillaume's player of the year honor marked the eighth time that a Camel golfer has earned top conference individual recognition during the program's Division I era. Gary Hobgood (1987), Dirk Fennie (1989), Brad Wilson (1992) and Troy Ferris (1993) were named Big South player of the year, while Georges Plumet (1998, 1999) and Simon Dunn (2002) took the top award during the program's tenure in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
A first-team All-Big South Conference selection, Guillaume was named to the A-Sun all-conference second unit in each of his first three collegiate seasons. He was the first Camel golfer to receive all-league recognition four times since Braxton Wynns accomplished the feat from 2001-04). Duane Bock (1988-91) was the only CU golfer to be named all-league four times in the program's first Big South era (1985-94).
The Big South stroke average leader (70.69), Guillaume won four individual titles this year, the most in a season by a Campbell golfer during its Division I history. He added the Wofford Coca-Cola Invitational crown to three other events he has already won during the 2011-12 season – the Georgetown Intercollegiate, Kiawah Classic and Bash at the Beach. His victory at Wofford was his 4th in a 6-outing span.