2011-2012 FINAL AII RANKING: 5
2011-2012 FINAL NAIA NATIONAL RANKING: NR
Luckett Falls in Tie Breaker, Night Hawks 4th at A.I.I.
April 24, 2012
Senior men's golfer Matt Luckett fell tied for First overall and fell in a tie breaker playoff at the 2012 Association of Independent Institutions Conference Tournament played the last two days at the Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott, AZ. The Night Hawks golf team finished fourth overall.
Luckett ended his career at TU with one of his best performances after shooting a 213 (69/68/76), finishing at par in a six way tie for the overall lead. The senior from Norcross, GA fell in a four hole playoff ending his bid for the Individual Championship and a spot at the 2012 NAIA Men's Golf National Tournament. Luckett's 68 in round two placed him at the top of the leader board after two rounds of action. TU finished 14 strokes behind the Team champion, University of Victoria, with a 871 (289/284/298, +19) over the 72 holes. The Night Hawks were in third after round one but slipped to fourth over the next 36 holes. Freshman James Fletcher finished 9th overall at two over with a 215 (75/69/71). Sophomore Sam Jackson was the third Night Hawk in the top 15 overall with a 218 (70/74/74, +5). Senior Daniel DiFrancesco (75/73/77, 225, +12) and sophomore Blake Hightower (80/78/79, 237, +24) rounded out the TU scoring.
Thomas ends their season fourth overall in the A.I.I. and next year will begin play in the Sun Conference.
Night Hawks Fall Short at Marine Corps Intercollegiate
April 1, 2012
The Night Hawks golf team fell short at the Marine Corps Intercollegiate, finishing tied for fifth out of a field of fifteen.
TU shot a 867 (282/303/282) over the three rounds of action, eight strokes from the top spot. Senior Matt Luckett finished tied for sixth overall after shooting a 212 (69/77/66).
Golf will wrap up the regular season with a trip to Daytona Beach, FL to compete in the Bash at the Beach being played April 14-15 at the LPGA International Legends Course.
Thomas Men's Golf Sixth at Eagle Invitational
March 20, 2012
Thomas men's golf finished sixth in a field of 13 at the Eagle Invitational, played the last two days at the LPGA International Legends Course in Daytona Beach, FL.
TU shot a 918 (307/305/306, +54) in the three rounds of action. Finishing ahead of three NAIA Top 20 Teams (#5 Northwood - FL, #14 Wayland - TX, #20 Tennessee Wesleyan) in the field. Sophomore Sam Jackson finished tied for sixth out of 70 golfers, ending the three rounds at six over par with a 222 (70/76/76), five strokes off the top of the Leader Board. Senior Matt Luckett shot a 226 (85/71/70, +10) and finished 12th overall. His 70 in round three led the field.
Men's golf returns to action on Friday March 30th when they open three days of play at the Marine Corps Intercollegiate in Camp Lejeune, NC.
Luckett's Second Place Finish Leads Night Hawks to Third at Georgetown College Invitational
February 28, 2012
Senior Matt Luckett finished second in the field and helped lead the Night Hawks to a third place finish at the Georgetown College Invitational played over the last two days at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL.
Luckett fired rounds of 70-74 (144, Par) and finished one shot behind the Invitational's Low Medalist. As a team TU finished six shots from the top spot after shooting a 598. Senior Daniel DiFrancesco was the second lowest scorer for the Night Hawks with a 150 (76-74, +6). Freshman James Fletcher had the team's low round on the second day, a 1 over par 73.
TU will be back on the greens on March 19th when they begin play in the Embry Riddle Eagle Classic to being played the LPGA International Legends Course in Daytona Beach, FL.
Men's Golf 9th at Fire Invitational
February 14, 2012
Men's golf finished 9th out of 12 teams at the Fire Invitational played over the last two days at the Lake Region Yacht & Country Club in Winter Haven, FL.
TU shot a 920 (303/302/315) over the three rounds of action. The Night Hawks finished five strokes back from 8th and 53 from the top spot. Sophomore Sam Jackson finished tied for fourteenth overall with a 224 (70/78/76, +8), thirteen strokes from the top of the leader board. Senior Matt Luckett shot a 225 (73/72/80, +9) and also finished in the top 20 at 19th overall.
Thomas will next travel to the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL on February 27th to participate in the Georgetown College Invitational.
Luckett Ties for Top Spot at SeeMore Intercollegiate
October 18, 2011
Senior men's golfer Matt Luckett tied for the top spot in the field of 73 participants at the SeeMore Putters Intercollegiate played the last two days at the Wilmington Island Golf Club in Savannah, GA.
Luckett shot a 212 (69/72/71, -1) over the three rounds, his 69 in round one was one stroke from the daily top spot. He now fired a round of 69 in each of his three outings this season. The Night Hawks finished 11th overall. TU shot a 902 (297/302/303, +50), one stroke from 10th and thirty two strokes behind tournament champion Northwood University. No other Night Hawk finished in the top 20.
The event was the final action for the fall semester. TU will be back on the greens in February of 2012 when they travel to the Lake Region Yacht & Country Club in Winter Haven, FL to participate in the Southeastern University Fire Invitational, the 13th-14th of the month.
USC-B Takes TU Fall Invitational
October 4, 2011
University of South Carolina - Beaufort shot a 574 (290/284, -2) to take home the team championship at the TU Fall Invitational played yesterday and today at the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, GA.
South Carolina - Beaufort placed three golfers in the Top 10, topping runner up Shorter University (289/291) by six strokes. Southeastern University (294/287) and Darton College (301/280) finished tied for third at +5. Darton golfer Shad Tuten topped all golfers with a 136 (70/66). Tuten was -8 over the two rounds and won by five strokes over Webber International University golfer Connor O'Dell who fired a 141 (69/72). TU shot a 607 (300/307, +31), finishing in tenth out of 12 teams. Senior Matt Luckett finished 12th out of 72 participants after shooting par (75/69, E) over the two rounds. Sophomore Sam Jackson was the only other Night Hawk to finish in the Top 20. Jackson finished 1 over at 145 (71/74).
Thomas returns to action on Monday October 17, when they begin play in the SeeMore Classic at the Wilmington Island Country Club in Savannah, GA.
Men's Golf Opens Season at Webber Invitational
September 26, 2011
Men's golf opened their 2011-12 season at the Webber Invitational played the last two days at the Lake Wales Country Club in Lake Wales, FL.
The Night Hawks finished tied for ninth, shooting 929 (313-311-305, +77) in the three rounds of action. Senior Matt Luckett shot a 221 (77-75-69, +8), his last round score of 69 tied him for best round score with three others. Luckett finished tied for 19th. Sophomore Sam Jackson with the next highest scorer for TU, finishing tied for 46 with a 229 (80-73-76, +16).
TU will next host the TU Fall Invitational beginning next Monday October 3 at the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, GA. Play will conclude on Tuesday October 4.
The Sun Conference Announces the Addition of Thomas
July 6, 2011
(Courtesy of The Sun Conference Sports Information Office)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Sun Conference has announced that Thomas (Ga.) has been approved for league membership. Located in Thomasville, Ga., Thomas will begin conference competition in 2012-13. The addition of Thomas will bring the number of schools in The Sun Conference to 12.
"On behalf of the 11 members of The Sun Conference, we are thrilled to welcome Thomas University to our conference,” incoming Sun Conference Commissioner Mark Pope stated. “This addition will allow us to develop a divisional format in several of our sponsored sports that should help to decrease travel costs and missed class time.
“I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the significant efforts by [former TSC Commissioner] Rob Miller in achieving this accomplishment. I appreciate all of Rob's hard work to find a great institution for us."
"Thomas University is proud to enter the Sun Conference,” Thomas President Dr. Gary Bonvillan said. “Our competitive teams have earned their place among some of the top contenders in NAIA. Transition from independent status to conference membership will also position Thomas for a much more favorable schedule of play for many years to come. Our student athletes and fans will benefit a great deal from this move."
Thomas was founded in 1950 and has an enrollment of 1,030. Thomas first began intercollegiate athletic competition in 1994 and has competed as an independent school in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for the last 16 years. The Night Hawks will field a team in six of the league’s 15 sports, including baseball softball, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s soccer. Thomas will add men’s and women’s swimming and men’s and women’s cross country in the fall of 2012 and have plans to add men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball sometime thereafter.
As an independent, the Night Hawks have made one national tournament appearance each in women’s soccer (2003) and women’s golf (2010) and finished as the women’s golf Association of Independent Institutions champion in the spring of 2010 and was the AII women's soccer runner-up in the fall of that same year.
The softball program has also enjoyed a great deal of success. The Lady Night Hawks, who have made four national tournament appearances (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007), capped off their 2004 campaign by winning the NAIA National Championship.
"We are excited about the prospect of joining the Sun conference,” Thomas Athletic Director Mike Lee commented. “As we searched for a Conference affiliation the Sun Conference seemed like the right fit for the future of our Athletic Department. It is a great conference with an outstanding reputation both on and off the field, we look forward to competing against the strong field of competitors that the conference has to offer."
Originally formed in March 1990 as the Florida Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (FIAC), The Sun Conference was established as a conference for small independent institutions within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Heading into its 22nd season of competition, The Sun Conference continues to be one of the most successful intercollegiate athletic conferences in the NAIA. The league sponsors championships in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, and field and women’s volleyball.
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