ATHENS — A young Concord University men’s golf team has shot their way to third in the Atlantic Region of NCAA Division II, setting up a big postseason test starting this morning.

They’ll be on more familiar ground than most of their opponents in the Atlantic-East Super Region Championship, to be held on The Cobb Course at Glade Springs Resort near Daniels.

Concord sophomore Ryan Terdik, a first-team all-conference selection from the Canadian province of Ontario, likes the Mountain Lions’ chances.

“It helps because Glade’s just 40 minutes away,” he said on Friday. “We’ve been down there practicing, getting used to the greens, getting used to the course. So we’ll have a nice advantage there, knowing the course.”

The team has one senior, all-conference performer Philip Somersall. The rest of the roster is composed of sophomores and freshmen. They jumped from eighth to third in the region this spring, helped by winning three of their last four tournaments.

Terdik said, “We’ve played well this semester. We’ve been practicing hard these last couple of weeks.”

He said, “I’ve been putting a lot. Putting is going to be key for this tournament. Usually, I hit the ball well on the course, (and) if I make putts, I’ll shoot well.”

Terdik said about the greens, “They’re huge. They’re massive greens, and they’ll have them rolling real fast for us. They’ll be hard, too. So it’ll be important to keep the ball below the hole.”

Kyle Long, from the Orlando, Fla., area, has played many venues in his native Florida. He said Glade Springs is “one of the top courses I’ve played — just the way it’s kept up. It’s always in prime condition. It’ll be fun out there.”

Long, a second-team all-conference pick, said the course works for him because “I’m real accurate and consistent. I’m not the long guy off the tee, but I hit a lot of fairways and greens.”

Andrew Mehler, from Lynchburg, Va., estimated the Concord team has worked about 12 hours a week on their game in the last two weeks, despite rainy conditions for most of that time.

One of the newest Mountain Lions is Emmanuel Charmat from Neuilly-sur-Seine in France, who became a member of the team in January.

He said, “I like the school. I can study here and play golf as well, so it’s very nice.” He described himself as “easy-going,” so he said fitting in with his new teammates has been “no problem.”

Charmat said, “I don’t have a car, so they take me to the golf course, whenever we play.”

Mehler credited golf coach Darcy Donaldson with putting in massive amounts of work and bringing in players “from all around the world.”

Mehler said, “From my observation, he does that to make us work harder … to make us try harder to make the top five and be able to play better, throughout the year.”

Long said since he joined the team as a freshman last year he has “grown up a lot, and just learned to work harder.”

He said Donaldson works with the team every day and provides a lot of “moral support.”

The team is close-knit, Long said. “We all hang out, every day. We’ll eat lunch together. We’re like family.”

The “super regional” players are scheduled to begin play at 7:30 a.m. today. The final round begins at the same time on Wednesday.

The championship is co-hosted by Concord and the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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