RFA grad selected for NCAA golf regional
NEWBERRY, S.C. — Rome Free Academy graduate and Newberry College senior Matthew Campbell has been selected to compete on an individual basis in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Men’s Golf Super Regional scheduled May 7-9 at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.
A total of 20 teams and eight individuals will play 54 holes over three days for the chance at a berth in the NCAA Division II National Championships, which will be held at the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Ky., on May 15-19. The top five teams and top two individuals not on those teams at the regionals will advance to the national tournament.
Campbell is the 2012 South Atlantic Conference champion, having shot a 1-under par 215 on the same Rock Barn course on April 16-17. He earned second team all-SAC honors after the regular season to become Newberry’s second-ever four-time all-SAC honoree. He was also the 2011 SAC Golfer of the Year.
He is tied for the SAC record for most career rounds played at 104 entering regional play. He has a season stroke average of 72.6 in 28 rounds played, with a career stroke average of 73.7. He is just the third Newberry player to compete in four NCAA Regional tournaments in his collegiate career. Campbell is on pace to finish in the top three in the history of the South Atlantic Conference in career scoring average alongside former teammates Daniel Stanley (72.8) and Ben Lown (73.8).
RCC member scores hole in one
Rome Country Club member Fred Moulton scored his first hole-in-one on the course on Monday during league play.
Moulton used a 7-iron to ace the 168-yard, third hole. The shot was witnessed by Fred Hall, Stephanie Hall and Barb Moulton during the Foreplay Golf League.
Van Meter playing advanced Class A baseball
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Joe Van Meter, the son of Rome Free Academy graduate Bruce Van Meter, is a top pitcher in the Carolina League for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, an advanced Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
Through Friday, Van Meter had 17 strikeouts and a 1.17 earned run average in six pitching appearances. The former standout at Virginia Commonwealth University is the nephew of Bob Van Meter, who resides on Chestnut Street in Rome.