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5 16 19 GSU GolfPALO ALTO, Calif. –  For the first time since 2010, the Georgia Southern men's golf team is headed to the NCAA Championship. The Eagles took fourth place at the NCAA Stanford Golf Regional with a -6 three-day total to advance as the No. 10 seed in the regional. Joining Georgia Southern out of the Stanford Regional are No. 12 Stanford, No. 2 Arizona State, No. 26 North Carolina and No. 14 LSU.

While other teams started to drop, the Eagles stayed the course and finished with their third straight 2-under-par 278. Solid scores across the board paved the way for a trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas, next weekend. Senior Steven Fisk and junior Jake Maples led the way on the final day, both carding 68s (-2) as the course showed its teeth late. Freshman Colin Bowles shot even par while Brett Barron and Ben Carr both shot 72s.

A few notes:
• For the week, the Eagles didn't have a player shoot over 72, the only team in the regional to make that claim.
• The 834 team total is the lowest for the program in its 15 regional appearances.
• The Eagles last advanced out of regionals in 2010 when they tied for fourth at the Atlanta Regional.
• The solo fourth place finish marks the best regional finish in program history.
• Overall, this will be Georgia Southern's 15th appearance in the NCAA finals. The NCAA went to a regional format in 1989 and this is the fifth time in program history the Eagles have advanced out of regionals.
• The Eagles bested No. 24 NC State, No. 36 USF, No. 38 Kansas and No. 47 Virginia among others to earn the trip to NCAAs.

The day started with chilly temperatures and light rain scattered around the Palo Alto area. The Eagles started on hole 10 with LSU and Ole Miss and posted seven birdies on their front half. Making the turn, Georgia Southern went -5 on hole one, highlighted by an eagle from Fisk, to kick-start the drive to the finish. As the winds picked up, the conditions toughened and other teams began to fall by the wayside. Three birdies on the seventh hole and a birdie on 8 from Carr all but sealed up the trip to Arkansas.  

Steven Fisk – 71-65-68 (-6, 204), T6
Jake Maples – 67-71-68 (-4, 206), 9
Colin Bowles - 69-71-70 (E, 210), T15
Ben Carr – 71-71-72 (+4, 214), T33
Brett Barron – 72-71-72 (+5, 215), T38
Team – 278-278-278 (-6, 834), 4

The Eagles will head to Fayetteville, Arkansas to play in the 2019 NCAA Golf Championship, hosted by the University of Arkansas. Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 24-29 at Blessings Golf Club.(Courtesy of Georgia Southern University)

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