HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- The Hampden-Sydney College golf team has earned an at-large invitation to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships on May 14-17 at the Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky. The Tigers are one of eight teams selected from the Southeast Region, and among the 42 teams and six individuals invited to the 72-hole tournament. This will be the program's seventh trip to the national championship, though its first team invitation since 1994.
"The team has worked extremely hard for this opportunity," said second-year head coach Chad Eisele. "It has been our goal this year to make the national tournament, so it's a great sense of accomplishment to be invited. Now we want to go play at our highest possible level and compete for a National Championship."
H-SC finished the regular season with a 295.13 team scoring average through 23 rounds. The Tigers earned one tournament title (Tom Kinder Memorial, 577) while compiling six top five team finishes among eight top 10 efforts in nine overall tournament competitions. H-SC has been led by junior Bruce Shober/Appomattox, who has averaged 73.78, and freshman John Hatcher Ferguson/Rocky Mount, who has averaged 73.87. Shober and Ferguson were each First Team All-ODAC selections, and Ferguson was the ODAC Rookie of the Year, as well.
Coach Eisele, the ODAC Coach of the Year, will fulfill his lineup at the nationals with junior Adam Hade/Richmond (74.52), sophomore Allen Smith/Durham, N.C. (74.61) and freshman Hunter Martin/Gloucester (76.81). Hade and Smith were each Second Team All-ODAC honorees.
H-SC posted five team rounds of 290 or better this year, including a low round of 12-under par 268, among 15 rounds under 300 during the campaign. The Tigers' average ranked 14th-best in Division III and sixth-best in the region. H-SC had two runner-up finishes this spring, as well.
H-SC previously advanced to the national tournament in 1973 and 1974, when it was known as the NCAA Small College Championships, as well as in 1975, 1976, 1979 and 1994 in Division III. The Tigers were the National Runner-Up in 1975 (909), when Charles Baskervill '75 was the individual medalist (national champion) (223). H-SC hosted the event in 1979 at the Brandermill Country Club in Midlothian. The Tigers had two individuals (Brian Burt-fifth, Rick O'Connell) receive invitations in 2014.
The only other Virginia school earning an invitation to this year's championships is ODAC Tournament Champion and automatic qualifier Washington and Lee University, while ODAC Tournament runner-up Guilford College earned an at-large invitation, as well, giving the conference three schools advancing to the national tournament.