W&L, VWC's Cox Earn Entry to NCAA Men's Golf Tournament

W&L, VWC's Cox Earn Entry to NCAA Men's Golf Tournament

FOREST, Va. --- The ODAC will be represented by not just one team but an extra individual when the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships commence.  Washington and Lee University, winner of the ODAC Tournament and the league's automatic qualifier, will be joined by Virginia Wesleyan standout Evan Cox in Rochester, N.Y., for the four-round competition.

The NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships will be played at Midvale Country Club and Mendon Golf Club in Rochester with the first round slated for May 10.  The field consists of 210 participants comprised of 41 teams and five additional individual competitors.

Washington and Lee is one of 41 teams to pick up automatic bids to the tournament field.  The Generals captured the ODAC title -- the program's 13th overall -- by 12 strokes over second place Guilford College.  They carded rounds of 305, 302 and 305 on the way to team total of 911.  Luke Farley led the way at 9-over par 225 (72-76-77) to finish second overall, while Todd Alan McDonald (79-71-78) tied for third at 12-over 228.  Farley's first round included a pair of eagles from the fairway, making him the only player in the field with two such shots.

The Generals, currently ranked 20th in NCAA Division III by Golfstat, are second in the ODAC team average standings at 299.6.  Hayden Combs (73.8) and Farley (74.5) sit second and third on the conference individual chart.  The win in the conference tournament was the first of the season for the W&L.  Previously, the Generals posted a third place finish at the season-opening Rhodes Fall Classic and placed fourth at the Royal Lakes Invitational and the Wynlakes Intercollegiate leading up to the league tournament.

The past few weeks have seen several firsts for the Virginia Wesleyan golf program.  Cox's inclusion in the NCAA championships marks the first time a Marlin has made the national field.  His qualification comes on the heels of becoming the first VWC player to earn the ODAC Golfer of the Year award.  He also won the individual medal at the ODAC championships, making him the first to accomplish that feat in program history.  He finished at even-par 216 (71-74-71) to lead VWC to third place and the best finish ever for the Marlins.

Cox owns the ODAC's best average at 72.7 strokes per round. In nine starts this year, he has posted eight top-10's and won three times.  In addition to his ODAC crown, he earned medals in back-to-back events to open the fall season at the Tom Kinder Memorial and Shenandoah Fall Invitational.

Competition in Rochester runs May 10-13.  Cuts will be made after the first two rounds to pare the field to the top 15 teams and six individuals not on one of those teams, leaving 81 participants to compete for the team and individual titles over the final two rounds.  You can follow all the action live via Golfstat live scoring by clicking HERE.

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