JONESBORO (ASU) – A two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection and junior on the Arkansas State men's golf team, Lloyd du Preez was selected Monday by the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Committee to compete as an individual in one of the six NCAA Regional golf tournaments set for May 20-22.
du Preez will tee off with nine other individuals and players from 13 teams on the Carlton Oaks Golf Course in San Diego, Calif. in the three-day tournament hosted by San Diego State. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
"Lloyd has shown up every day during a year of highs and lows for our team," said ASU head coach Steve Johnson. "Lloyd has been very consistent for us the entire year and it's exciting to see him get rewarded for a great season. He has really bought in to what we're trying to accomplish here and it's nice to see it pay off for him with this opportunity he greatly deserves."
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to go to San Diego and compete in this tournament," said du Preez. "This is something I've been working towards since my freshman year and it's very rewarding. Obviously you look to move on to the next level and you want to compete against the best players. I'll be up against the best in San Diego and look forward to seeing how I play out there."
While ASU competed as a team in the 1997 and 2000-02 NCAA Regionals, du Preez will become just the second A-State men's golfer to ever compete as an individual. Zoltan Veress also competed as an individual in the 1998 and 1999 NCAA Regionals.
du Preez carried the highest average on the team this season at 72.44, which was also the sixth highest in the Sun Belt Conference. Ranked as the No. 145 player in nation by GolfStat.com, du Preez finished among the top-25 players in all but two of ASU's 11 tournaments. He collected a top-10 finish at five tournaments, including the Sam H. Hall Intercollegiate where placed a season-best third.
The Centurion, South Africa native carded a low round of 67 twice and posted a sub-par total score in six outings. He shot an 8-under 205 at the Sam H. Hall Intercollegiate for his lowest three-round score of the season. He was named the Sun Belt Conference Golfer of the Month twice during the 2009-10 campaign.
The NCAA Championships' finals will be conducted June 1-6 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the host institution for this year's championships.