May 9, 2011
Cal State Northridge senior Nick Delio has been selected as an individual to compete in the NCAA Men's Golf Championships for the third consecutive season. Delio was named the top individual competing in the San Diego Regional to be held at The Farms Course on May 19-21.
Delio, the 2011 Big West Championship runner-up, is one of 10 individuals selected to the field and will compete with teams from UCLA, Texas, USC, San Diego, Ohio State, UNLV, North Texas, Middle Tennessee, Tulsa, SMU, Pacific, San Francisco and Cleveland State as well individual players from UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, Fresno State, Santa Clara and others.
"I'm really happy for Nick making it back to the Regionals," said head coach Jim Bracken. "His consistent play over the course of his career is a testament to his work ethic ethic and ability on the golf course. It would be a great finish to his career to earn a spot in the NCAA Championships for the second straight year."
The senior from Valencia, Calif., will be making his third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship Regionals after qualifying in both 2009 and 2010. He has played The Farms Course before finishing 17th at the USD Callaway Invitational in 2010. He finished the tournament with rounds of 74-73-74 for a score of five over-par 221.
Delio competed in his first NCAA Regional as a sophomore in 2009, finishing in a tie for 43rd-place. He posted rounds of 76-68-74 for a three-round (+2) 218 at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif. After a second round 68 moved him up from 60th place to 27th, Delio carded a final round 74 on Saturday to slip to 43rd.
As a junior in 2010, he added another chapter to his remarkable career as he claimed individual medalist honors at the NCAA Southwest Regional to advance to the NCAA Championships. Delio carded a final round 73 which was just enough to hold off Oregon's Daniel Miernicki by one stroke. Delio's three round score of three under-par 213 advanced him to the NCAA Championships where he finished in a tie for 103rd at nine over-par 225 earning Division I Ping All-West Region Team along the way.
Delio became the first Matador player to advance to the NCAA Championships since Cal State Northridge moved up to the Division I level in 1991. The Matadors last had a Division II champion in 1990 when Bob Burns won the national championship.
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