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Golf team wins NCAA regional, prepares for first trip to nationals

May 19, 2012 : Liberty University Athletics

No. 6 seed Liberty withstood a fierce charge from No. 3 seed Florida, fending off the Gators with four birdies on No. 18 to capture the team title at the 2012 NCAA Greensboro Regional, Saturday afternoon, on the East Course at the Grandover Resort.

With the victory, Liberty along with Florida, No. 1 seed Auburn, No. 10 seed Lamar and No. 9 seed Tulsa will be making a West Coast trip in 10 days.

The top five teams at each of the six NCAA Regionals sites around the country earned the right to compete at the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf National Championship, May 29 – June 3, at the Riviera Country Club in in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

For the Flames, it marked their third straight team victory and the team's ninth straight round where it finished as the clubhouse leader. In April, Liberty won the River Landing Intercollegiate on April 6-7 before capturing its second straight Big South Men's Golf Championship at The Patriot Golf Club on April 16-18.

Liberty finished atop the 14-team leaderboard with a four-over par 868 (283-293-292), three shots clear of Florida, who finished second with a seven-over par 871 (299-287-285).

Liberty becomes the first-ever Big South men's golf team to win an NCAA Regional event and the fourth to advance to the NCAA Men's Golf National Championship.