WORCESTER, Mass. – The Assumption men's golf team has been selected to participate in the Atlantic/East Regional of the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships, as announced by the NCAA on Friday evening.
This marks the second straight year at least one Assumption golfer has participated in the NCAA Regionals, as senior James Elliott (Gill, Mass. / Pioneer Valley Regional) was selected as an individual last year. The Hounds last qualified for the Regional Championship in 2016. That year they were ranked 10th in the region, while this year they go into NCAA action ranked sixth in the East Region. Assumption is one of four teams from the NE10 to be selected, along with No. 1 Franklin Pierce, No. 2 Southern New Hampshire and No. 3 Bentley. To view the full list of schools at the NCAA Regionals, click here.
Overall 20 teams and eight individuals will participate in the Atlantic/East Regional at the Totteridge Golf Club in Greensburg, Pa. from May 9-11 and California (Pa.) will serve as the host school. At a minimum, the top three teams and top two student-athletes not from a team competing at the NCAA Regional will advance to the NCAA National Championships, May 20-24 in West Virginia.
Sophomore Andrew Sanzaro (Wethersfield, Conn. / Wethersfield) has led the Hounds all season long. During the fall he tied for seventh overall at the NE10 Championships while leading the team to a third place finish. This spring he took second overall at the Mike Bello Invitational with a 147 (71, 76) and also placed third at the Assumption Spring Invitational with a 150 by shooting a 75 each day.
Junior Mark Bryant (Hardwick, N.J. / North Warren Regional), Elliot and freshman Lucas Roop (Gorham, Maine / Gorham) have all been consistent contributors throughout the year. Bryant tied for ninth overall at the Bentley Newport Classic with a 74, while also finishing second on the team at both the Mike Bello Invitational and the Assumption Spring Invitational, earning top-20 finishes both times. Elliot finished fourth on the team with a 160 at the Mike Bello Invitational while Roop shot a 163 at the Assumption Spring Invitational to tie for 20th overall.