Immediate Release: September 21, 2011
Contact: Mike Porter (email@example.com)
Sky golf conference granted automatic bid from NCAA
Vestal, N.Y. -- The NCAA Division
I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet recently approved the
Automatic Qualifying conferences for 2011-12. The first conference
listed happened to be none other than the America Sky conference.
After four long years of waiting, the 2012 America Sky champion
will represent the league in the NCAA Championship.
Binghamton joined the Division I ranks back in 2002, where they
competed in the America East conference. They enjoyed lots of
success early on qualifying for three straight NCAA regional
tournaments from 2003-2005. Binghamton made the move to the America
Sky Conference in 2007 as a founding member. Eleven other schools
compete in the America Sky including Weber State, Sacramento
State, Northern Colorado, Utah Valley State, Hartford, South
Dakota, Texas Pan American, Houston Baptist, North Dakota, Chicago
State and most recently added Seattle University. Up until this
point, the winner of the conference championship has not been
rewarded with a trip to the NCAA tournament. With the news breaking
earlier this week, that will all be a thing of the past.
"It's certainly exciting to hear this news," BU head
golf coach Bernie Herceg said. "It's taken a lot of patience
from everyone involved and we are thrilled at the opportunity
to compete for a NCAA berth. I couldn't be happier for our players,
our university and the rest of the teams in our conference who
are now able to showcase their talents on the national stage."
Binghamton has some work ahead of them as they are still looking
for their first America Sky Championship crown. Last season,
Binghamton had their best showing with a fourth place finish
at Troon North GC in Scottsdale, Arizona. This year the event
will be held at the Lake of Isles GC in North Stonington, Connecticut
April 30-May 2.