May 16, 2012
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina junior Sebastian Soderberg's trek to make a return trip to the NCAA Men's Golf Championship begins Thursday at 9:40 am at the NCAA Athens Regional, played at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
The NCAA Athens Regional will be played May 17-19 with the participants playing 18 holes each day.
Soderberg, who was the individual runner-up at the 2011 NCAA Virginia Tech Regional to advance to the NCAA Championship, will need to be the highest finisher not on a team to advance in order to make a return to the national championship.
Soderberg earned an individual at-large berth after posting a 72.88 scoring average. He had three top-five finishes in 2011-12, taking medalist honors at the Furman Intercollegiate, and had a total of five top-20 finishes in 11 events this season.
Soderberg is a three-time All-Big South honoree and gives Coastal representation in the NCAA postseason for the 13th consecutive year. The team has earned 10 bids since 2000 with individuals earning at-large berths in 2001, '03 and '12.
Soderberg started the season in fine fashion, shooting a 3-under 213 at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational. He then finished the year on a high note, posting a 70.82 stroke average over his final 11 rounds and, over his last five events, Soderberg averaged 71.40 strokes per round with three top five finishes (fourth at the John Hayt Collegiate, first at Furman and fourth at the Big South Championships).
Last season, Soderberg became the third Chant to earn Golf Coaches Association of America/PING All-Region. He also advanced to the NCAA Championship after tying for second at the 2011 NCAA East-Virginia Tech Regional. He carded rounds of 71-72-67 at the Regional for a 54-hole total of 4-under 212. At the NCAA Championship, Soderberg tied for 81st after rounds of 77 and 79 before turning in an even par 72 in the final round.
Soderberg is the third Chanticleer to earn an individual at-large berth to an NCAA Regional. Rafael Vera tied for 56th in the 2001 NCAA East Regional, shooting 72-72-71=216, and Alvero Velasco tied for 18th at the 2003 East Regional, carding rounds of 68-72-74 for a total of 214.