Golf: Panthers receive bid to NCAA Division III national championships

Golf: Panthers receive bid to NCAA Division III national championships

The NCAA Division III Men's Golf Committee has announced the teams and individuals selected to participate in the 2012 Division III Men's Golf Championships.The LaGrange College golf team received a bid to be in the 41-team field.

The championships will be held May 15-18, at the Mission Inn Resort, in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The championships will be hosted by Oglethorpe and the Central Florida Sports Commission.

A total of 210 participants will compete at the championships. Thirty-one conferences were awarded automatic qualification for the championships. LaGrange one of three teams were selected from Pool B, which consists of independent schools, and schools that are members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification. The final seven berths were reserved for Pool C, which are schools from automatic-qualifying conferences that are not the conference champion and any remaining Pool B teams.

LaGrange is making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Division III championships. The Panthers are in the tournament for the fifth time in the past six years. The Panthers will be playing in their ninth national tournament overall; winning the USCAA title in 2003 and going to the NAIA tournament in 2000 and 2001.

Senior Hudson Keener will be trying to earn All-American honors for the third straight year. Keener is the two-time Great South Athletic Conference Player of the Year and has won four tournaments this Spring.

The Panthers also feature Cory Howard, the GSAC Freshman of the Year and a member of the All-GSAC conference team. Hunter Keener has earned all-conference honors the past two seasons.