Wednesday May 6, 2009
MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – Roberto Diaz moved up 19 places on Wednesday to finish in a tie for 16th, but it would not be enough to move the Pacers into the NCAA Division II finals with the fifth-ranked Pacers concluding their 2008-09 campaign in a tie for 14th place after the final round of the South/Southeast Regional at the par 72, 7,126-yard Robert Trent Jones of the Shoals Fighting Joe Course.
Diaz (Veracruz, Mexico) carded a team tournament-low three-under-par 69 on Wednesday to end the tournament in the tie for 16th place. Diaz entered the third round in a tie for 35th.
Diaz concluded the event with a three-day tally of 217. He opened the event by shooting a 74 in the first and second round.
USC Aiken’s only four-time All-Peach Belt Conference selection, Diaz’s final round as a Pacer included five birdies.
A three-time All-America selection, Diaz has a great chance to finish his career as a four-time All-American. Diaz, who finished in the top five in a tournament five times and in the top 20 eight times in 2008-09, won four tournaments as an individual in his career.
Diaz placed fourth as a freshman at the NCAA Division II National Championships in helping lead the Pacers to their third straight NCAA Division II crown in 2006.
Named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic team on Wednesday, Kevin Grady (Woodbine, Md.) ended the first two rounds leading the Pacers. He shot an even 72 in the first round and a 75 in the second to enter the final round in 30th. Grady finished the South/Southeast Regional in a tie for 41st after posting a 77 in the third and final round to finish with a three-round score of 224.
J.P. Solis (Morelia, Mexico) finished his sophomore campaign by tying for 60th place in the event. Solis had a three-round tally of 229 (73-77-77).
Justin Thompson (Clarks Hill, S.C.) ended the South/Southeast Regional in 72nd with a three-day score of 229 (78-74-77).
USC Aiken as a team finished in the tie for 14th place with Rollins with a three-day team output of 896. The Pacers opened with a team score of 297 in the first round before acquiring a 300 in the second round. USC Aiken shot one better on Wednesday to post a 299 as a team in the third round.
Host institution North Alabama claimed the team title at the South/Southeast Regional with a three-day team tally of 868 (281-295-292). The Lions had led after the first round but had fallen into a tie for second behind Lynn after the second day.
The Lions (292) finished five strokes better than Lynn (297) on Wednesday to acquire the team title. Lynn finished second just one stroke behind at 869. Barry was third with an 874 after three rounds as a team.