By Tony Viola, Staff Writer
Two West Liberty men’s golfers will be participating in the NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Regional. West Virginia Conference Player of the Year Joey Seabright and Ryan Thomson will be representing WLU at this year’s tournament, which will be at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa. from May 7-9.
”I’m extremely excited to get down to Hershey and play ,” Seabright said. ”I’m happy with where my game is at and I think I have a good chance to really play well.”
Seabright, a senior from Wheeling, WV, has qualified for the Regional Tournament all four years of his college career.
”If I can chip and putt well, then I have a great shot,” he said. ”My goal is to make it to nationals and this is my last chance.”
For Thomson, this will be his second trip to the tournament. The junior qualified with the rest of the Hilltopper squad during the 2010-11 season.
”It feels weird not being with the team this year. This will be my first tourney ever competing as an individual,” the second team All-WVIAC honoree said. ”I’m just glad I get to be here with Joe in his last tournament.”
West Liberty as a team just missed receiving a bid to the tournament, finishing the regular season ranked 11th in the region. To earn a spot at the tournament, teams must finish the regular season ranked as one of the 10 best teams in their region.
The top five teams and the top two student-athletes not with a team from each region will then advance to the finals May 15-19 at the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Ky. as part of the NCAA Division II Spring Championship Festival.