Guilford, Washignton and Lee Ready for NCAA Men's Golf Championship

Guilford, Washignton and Lee Ready for NCAA Men's Golf Championship

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- For the third time in the last five years, Guilford College will perform double-duty at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships. This season, however, the Quakers have some extra ODAC support.

Guilford College and Washington and Lee University both open play on Tuesday as full teams in the national championship event at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C. Guilford, in association with the Greensboro Sports Commission, will also serve as hosts for the four-day event. The pair combined efforts for the same championship in 2014 and 2015.

Forty-two teams and six individual qualifiers account for the 216 competitors ready for competition in "The Gate City" with both of Grandover's courses set for play. Both the East Course and West Course wil be played to par 72. The East Course layout is longer at 7,150 yards compared to the 6,780 track on the West Course.

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Guilford, winners of the ODAC championship that afforded it the league's automatic qualification, begin play on the West Course at 8:20 a.m. ET with Lake Forest College and Otterbein University. The schools' threesomes will begin on the 10th hole. Washington and Lee starts just a few minutes later at 8:25 a.m. ET on the East Course. The Generals will start on the 10th hole along with playing partners from Concordia University (Texas) and Farmingdale State College.

The Quakers are currently the eighth-ranked team in the country according to Golfstat's latest team rankings. Guiford's lineup features each of the past two ODAC individual champions as well as four players ranked inside the top 125 players of Golfstat's individual player rankings chart. James Mishoe (72.0 per round average) is the top-rated golfer in Division III and is joined by Zach Evens (73.4) and Josh Hill (73.0) as the 39th and 43rd ranked players, respectively. All three earned All-ODAC First Team honors earlier this season. Hill won the 2017 conference medal after besting teammate Kell Graham (74.1) in a playoff. Graham makes for four top players this week in GC's lineup, while Guilford's fifth member, Addison Manring (75.1), may just be the hottest of the bunch after winning the 2018 ODAC crown by two strokes over Graham.

Washington and Lee isn't far behind the Quakers in the national rankings as the Generals slot 14th in Division III by Golfstat. Their lineup is powered by three players ranked inside the nation's top-58 and a pair of major ODAC playing honors. Brian Peccie (72.9) earned ODAC Player of the Year honors from the conference's head coaches after a season that has him ranked #4 in the country by Golfstat. Sean Puleo (73.9), who also earned first team all-conference honors, is ranked 35th in the nation. Luke Farley (74.8) is ranked 58th and earned a second straight ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete honor. Robert Quinilty (76.5) and Boyd Peete (76.3) round out the the Generals' contingent. Quinilty was last season's ODAC Rookie of the Year.

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For more information, visit the website of each of the participating teams, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com. Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow @odacathletics on Twitter and Instagram.