Guillaume wins playoff at Greensboro Regional to advance to NCAA Championship

Vaita Guillaume, Associate Head Coach Tim Crooks
(photo by Tim Cowie)
Vaita Guillaume, Associate Head Coach Tim Crooks (photo by Tim Cowie)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Vaita Guillaume of Campbell University won a play-off on the first hole Saturday in the NCAA Greensboro Regional and earned a berth in the NCAA Championship at Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Guillaume (70-71-72) finished in a 3-way tie for individual medalist honors at 3-under-par 213 with Robert Karlsson of Liberty (70-69-74—213) and Matt Schovee of SMU (67-70-76—213).

The Big South Conference player of the year, Guillaume made par on the first play-off hole, while Schovee bogeyed the par-4, 450-yard 10th hole.  The play-off was necessary to determine the individual berth to the NCAA finals, which will take place May 29-June 3.

Blayne Barber of Auburn finished fourth (73-68-73—214), while Dominic Bozzelli (76-70-70—216) of Auburn and J.D. Tomlinson of Florida (73-71-72—216) tied for fifth.  Only four golfers in the 75-man field finished in red numbers on the par-72, 7271-yard Grandover East Course.

A senior from Papeete, Tahiti, Guillaume claimed his school-record fifth tournament of the year and became the first player in CU men's golf history to advance to the NCAA Championship event.  Playing in his third NCAA regional, Guillaume had two birdies and 14 pars in Saturday's final round

Big South champion Liberty (283-293-292—868) won team honors by three strokes over Florida (299-287-285—871).  Auburn (296-292-286—874), Lamar (295-293-289—877) and Tulsa (293-297-288—878) claimed the remaining three team berths in the NCAA Championship.  Duke (301-291-289—881) finished sixth in the 14-school event.

Guillaume also 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.

In addition to Saturday's triumph, Guillaume won top individual honors this year at the Georgetown Intercollegiate, Kiawah Classic, Bash at the Beach and the Wofford Coca-Cola Invitational.