NCAA 2017 men's regional fields revealed

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NCAA 2017 men's regional fields revealed

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NCAA 2017 men's regional fields revealed

The 2017 NCAA Division I men’s golf regional fields were revealed Thursday. In all, 81 teams and 45 individuals will compete in six regional championships, each set for May 15-17.

The six regional sites are Aldarra Golf Club in Sammamish, Wash.; The Grove in College Grove, Tenn.; the University of Texas Club in Austin, Texas; Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif.; the Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind.; and the University Club in Baton Rouge, La.

The low five teams and low individual not on those teams advancing from each regional will move onto the NCAA Championship at Rich Harvest Farms on May 26-31 in Sugar Grove, Ill.

Vanderbilt, fresh off its first SEC Championship title and ranked No. 1 by Golfweek, earns the No. 1 seed in the College Grove Regional in Tennessee – the state where the Commodores are based.

Scott Limbaugh, Vanderbilt’s head coach, is excited about the team’s position, but is not assuming the group will cruise through regionals.

“If we don’t respect (our competition at regionals), we’re kind of disrespecting ourselves,” Limbaugh said.

The Commodores are one of six No. 1 seeds. USC, ranked No. 2 by Golfweek, will lead the way as the top seed at the Sammamish Regional at Aldarra Golf Club in Washington. LSU, ranked third, is the top seed at the Baton Rouge Regional, which the Tigers are hosting at the University Club. The No. 4 Oklahoma State Cowboys are the top seed at the Austin Regional, set for the University of Texas Golf Club. Fifth-ranked Florida heads the group going to teh Kampen Course for the West Lafayette Regional in Indiana. Finally among the No. 1 seeds, there’s Stanford. The Cardinal, hosting at the Stanford Regional, will take top billing at the Stanford Golf Course.

Two teams based in Illinois will compete for a chance to qualify for an NCAA Championship in that state.

The seventh-ranked Illini earn the No. 2 seed at the West Lafayette Regional while No. 28 Northwestern captures the fifth seed at the Baton Rouge Regional.

Pat Goss, the longtime men’s head coach at Northwestern, is now the director of golf and player development for the Wildcats. He’s confident the team, now headed by David Inglis, has a good shot at making it to Rich Harvest Farms.

“We’ve had a strong team this year,” Goss said. “We’re bringing a good team that we think can advance.”

Like Goss, former Northwestern star and 1999 NCAA individual champion Luke Donald was on hand at Wrigley Field for regional announcements. Here’s Donald throwing out the first pitch for the Cubs-Phillies game.

Here is a look at the full fields for the six regional sites:

• • •

Sammamish Regional

Aldarra Golf Club, Sammamish, Wash.

TEAMS . . . GOLFWEEK RANK . . . GOLFSTAT RANK

  1. USC. . . 2 . . . 1

Buzz: Trojans have made semifinals at NCAAs at least in 2015, ’16. Two wins, no finishes worse than third this spring.

  1. Kent State. . . 13 . . . 12

Buzz: Golden Flashes won four of their seven events this spring, including eighth MAC Championship in last nine years.

  1. Texas A&M. . . 16 . . . 13

Buzz: Aggies reached finals at SEC Championship, earning runner-up finish for highest showing since February.

  1. Florida State. . . 25 . . . 24

Buzz: Cristobal Del Solar, ranked No. 20, paces Seminoles squad that finished fourth at ACCs.

  1.  Washington. . . 38 . . . 30

Buzz: Top-5 finishes for Huskies in last five events, as team led by two top-100 players.

  1. Alabama. . . 37 . . . 36

Buzz: In danger of being .500 rule victim early in spring, Crimson Tide close out regular season with strong stretch to become dangerous sleeper.

  1. San Diego State. . . 41 . . . 37

Buzz: An up-and-down spring for Aztecs, which don’t boast stars but have seen five different players post low score for team.

  1. Texas-El Paso. . . 47 . . . 48

Buzz: Miners win stroke-play and match-play portions at C-USA Championship.

  1. Penn State. . . 49 . . . 49

Buzz: A win-second-win stretch in middle of spring helped Nittany Lions reach regionals for third straight year.

  1. Michigan. . . 64 . . . 61

Buzz: Wolverine enter regionals with no finish better than ninth in last four starts.

  1. Michigan State. . . 79 . . . 62

Buzz: Spartans didn’t beat a single team at Big Ten Championship, tying for 13th with Rutgers.

  1. Seattle. . . 112 . . . 106

Buzz: Redhawks held off Missouri-Kansas City to win WAC Championship.

  1. Marquette. . . 110 . . . 112

Buzz: Came back from 10 strokes down to win Big East Championship.

  1. Bryant . . . 211 . . . 221

Buzz: A 26-shot romp earned Bulldogs NEC Championship crown.

INDIVIDUALS: Hidetoshi Yoshihara, UCLA; Tim Widing, San Francisco; Ryan Wallen, Wyoming; Cole Madey, UCLA; Michael Colgate, Nebraska

• • •

College Grove Regional

The Grove, College Grove, Tenn.

TEAMS . . . GOLWEEK RANK . . . GOLFSTAT RANK

  1. Vanderbilt. . . 1 . . . 2

Buzz: Fresh off first SEC title, confident Commodores get in-state regional in what’s been historic season.

  1. Texas Tech. . . 15 . . . 11

Buzz: Red Raiders battled to fourth at Big 12 Championship and did win last month at Hawkeye Invite.

  1. Clemson. . . 12 . . . 14

Buzz: Freshman Doc Redman leads Tigers squad that boasts three players in top 50.

  1. Georgia. . . 24 . . . 23

Buzz: Bulldogs failed to reach match play at SEC Championship, and finished fifth at September tournament played at this site.

  1. Missouri. . . 27 . . . 25

Buzz: Four players in the top 125 for Tigers, who’ll make first regional appearance since 2014.

  1. Lipscomb. . . 39 . . . 35

Buzz: Bison continue to rise, with ASUN co-Player of the Year Dawson Armstrong leading the way.

  1. Kennesaw State. . . 34 . . . 39

Buzz: The ASUN champs didn’t have a great spring otherwise but did win three times in 2016-17 season and finished second at that September event at the Grove.

  1. UCF. . . 53 . . . 47

Buzz: Fourth-place finish at American Championship, but Knights had back-to-back wins in middle of spring.

  1. Middle Tennessee State. . . 55 . . . 55

Buzz: Blue Raiders placed fourth at that tournament at the Grove and lost in playoff to miss match play at C-USA Championship.

  1. TCU. . . 61 . . . 60

Buzz: A 28th straight regional appearance for Horned Frogs, who finished eighth at Big 12s.

  1. Troy. . . 60 . . . 63

Buzz: Trojans won stroke-play portion of Sun Belt Championship but fell in semifinals of match play. Still good enough to earn third straight regional bid.

  1. East Tennessee State. . . 108 . . . 108

Buzz: Buccaneers drop 50 spots from 2015-16 final ranking, but understandable due to graduation of star Adrian Meronk. The team wins Southern Conference for third straight year anyway.

  1. Harvard . . . 130 . . . 113

Buzz: No players ranked in the top 450, but Crimson earn way in thanks to successful defense of Ivy League title.

INDIVIDUALS: Andrew Novak, Wofford; Patrick Cover, North Carolina-Wilmington; Tim Conover, East Carolina; Thomas Eldridge, North Carolina-Wilmington; *Tyler Collier, UCLA; Hunter Richardson, Tennessee-Martin; Seth Gandy, Charlotte; Jack Lang, Davidson; Anton Frondelius, Wagner; Daniel Racioppa, Alcorn State

* Earned spot after Lorenzo Scalise, Tennessee declined to participate in the NCAA Regional stage

• • •

West Lafayette Regional

Kampen Course, West Lafayette, Ind.

TEAMS . . . GOLWEEK RANK . . . GOLFSTAT RANK

  1. Florida . . . 5 . . . 5

Buzz: Gators’ resurgence in recent years continues with five-win regular season.

  1. Illinois . . . 7 . . . 8

Buzz: Illini won Big Ten Championship by 16 shots for eighth conference title in nine years,

  1. UNLV . . . 17 . . .17

Buzz: Rebels cruise to record 29th straight NCAA Regional appearance after successfully defending Mountain West title.

  1. Auburn . . . 21 . . . 20

Buzz: Tigers failed to make match play at SEC Championship but do have two wins since beginning of March.

  1. South Carolina . . . 33 . . . 28

Buzz: Keenan Huskey, Scott Stevens pace Gamecocks squad looking to return to match play after quarterfinal loss at 2016 NCAA Championship.

  1. Colorado . . . 26 . . . 32

Buzz: Buffaloes reeling from senior Jeremy Paul’s stunning early departure but still have hope for first NCAA Championship appearance since 2002.

  1. Purdue . . . 32 . . . 38

Buzz: Host Boilermakers make fourth straight regional after T-4 at Big Ten Championship.

  1. New Mexico . . . 42 . . . 44

Buzz: Lobos finished fifth at Mountain West Championship but placed T-2 and third in two starts before that against good fields.

  1. Augusta . . . 51 . . . 52

Buzz: Once again, Jaguars dominate MEAC Championship – this by 36 shots – on way to regional.

  1. Saint Mary’s . . . 63 . . . 57

Buzz: A third-place finish at WCC a solid showing with Pepperdine and BYU the top two in the conference.

  1. Campbell . . . 67 . . . 68

Buzz: A record-setting Big South Championship performance for Camels squad that won three times this season.

  1. Richmond . . . 88 . . . 90

Buzz: Spiders entered conference play going 13th-12th, but team wins Atlantic 10 Championship for first time.

  1. Cleveland State . . . 150 . . . 147

Buzz: A wire-to-wire win at the Horizon League Championship for Vikings.

INDIVIDUALS: Peter Kim, Army; Mark Lawrence, Virginia Tech; Austin Squires, Cincinnati; Keegan de Lange, Louisville; Lloyd Jefferson Go, Seton Hall; David Kocher, Maryland; Sarit Suwannarut,Virginia Tech; Patrick Flavin, Miami (Ohio); Peyton White, Ohio; Trent Wallace, Illinois State

• • •

Stanford Regional

Stanford Golf Course, Stanford, Calif.

TEAMS . . . GOLFWEEK RANK . . . GOLFSTAT RANK

  1. Stanford . . . 8 . . . 4

Buzz: Still led by Maverick McNealy, ranked No. 3, host Cardinal looks to lock down after win-second-second in last three starts.

  1. Baylor . . . 6 . . . 9

Buzz: Bears earned No. 1 ranking for first time in school history this year but is coming off sixth at Big 12s.

  1. Oklahoma . . . 14 . . . 15

Buzz: Sooners finished fifth at Big 12s but have placed top three in three of last five starts.

  1. Georgia Tech . . . 22 . . . 21

Buzz: Highest-ranked Yellow Jacket is No. 99, but Georgia Tech has deep roster and three straight runner-up finishes prior to ACCs.

  1. Pepperdine . . . 35 . . . 27

Buzz: Failed to beat BYU for WCC title, but Waves did defeat No. 2 USC by 16 shots in tournament this spring.

  1. North Carolina . . . 31 . . . 33

Buzz: Tar Heels finished T-7 at ACCs and have two runner-up finishes on the 2016-17 season.

  1. North Florida . . . 40 . . . 41

Buzz: Two wins in spring for Ospreys squad with stable top four.

  1. BYU . . . 48 . . . 45

Buzz: Two straight wins as Cougars embark on regionals, including seven-shot win at WCC Championship.

  1. Houston . . . 56 . . . 51

Buzz: Consecutive runner-up finishes for Cougars to end regular season.

  1. Ohio State . . . 57 . . . 58

Buzz: Buckeyes finished third at the Big Ten Championship and placed top five in last three starts of regular season.

  1. UC Santa Barbara . . . 68 . . . 66

Buzz: Gauchos won conference title for first time in nearly 20 years for second straight victory.

  1. Sacramento State. . . 104 . . . 107

Buzz: Hornets cruised to Big Sky title and are led by conference medalist and 81st-ranked Aaron Beverly.

  1. South Dakota State . . . 196 . . . 196

Buzz: Highest ranked player is at No. 851, but overcame seven-shot deficit to win Summit League.

INDIVIDUALS: Collin Morikawa, California; Hayden Shieh, Santa Clara; David Kim, UC Irvine; Justin Doeden, Minnesota; Andres Gonzalez, Long Beach State; Felix Mory, Cal State Northridge; Fidel Concepcion, Southern Utah; Grant Booth, Nevada; Brian Humphreys, Boise State; Mike Graboyes, Cornell

• • •

Austin Regional

The University of Texas Golf Club, Austin, Texas

TEAMS . . . GOLFWEEK RANK . . . GOLFSTAT RANK

  1. Oklahoma State . . . 4 . . . 3

Buzz: Close loss to Texas at Big 12s, but incredibly deep Cowboys boast six players ranked in top 80.

  1. Wake Forest . . . 10 . . . 10

Buzz: Demon Deacons have placed top-3 in last six events, with two wins in that stretch. Will Zalatoris, ranked fourth, leads this squad.

  1. Texas . . .11 . . . 16

Buzz: Longhorns captured fifth straight Big 12 title by one shot for second straight win in 2016-17 campaign.

  1. Ole Miss . . . 20 . . . 22

Buzz: Sixth-ranked Braden Thornberry has been star for rising Rebels squad that finished top-3 in four straight starts before making match play at SEC Championship.

  1. Arizona State . . . 23 . . . 26

Buzz: With senior Jared du Toit, ranked 17th, leading the way, first-year Sun Devils head coach Matt Thurmond has kept Sun Devils on track despite losing Jon Rahm and Max Rottluff to graduation.

  1. North Carolina State . . . 36 . . . 34

Buzz: Can Wolfpack get to nationals with legendary head coach Richard Sykes set to retire at season’s end? Team did post latest victory less than a month ago.

  1. Kansas . . . 30 . . . 40

Buzz: Only one player in the top 200 (Chase Hanna, No. 63), but Jayhawks are rolling with top-3 finishes in last three starts.

  1. Liberty . . . 46 . . . 46

Buzz: Couldn’t keep up with Campbell at Big South Championship, but Flames post some sneaky good players, including Mickey DeMorat and Gabe Lench.

  1. Iowa State . . . 50 . . . 50

Buzz: Finished ninth at Big 12s, but a win in early spring at National Invitational Tournament – where team beat Arizona State and UNLV in Arizona – shows Cyclones’ true potential.

  1. Georgia Southern . . . 62 . . . 59

Buzz: Close loss to Georgia State in Sun Belt Championship final, but this team has found a groove since mid-March regardless.

  1. College of Charleston . . . 58 . . . 64

Buzz: Make it four straight CAA titles for Cougars. William Rainey, ranked 85th, leads this squad.

  1. McNeese State . . . 84 . . . 84

Buzz: Back-to-back Southland Conference champs have three players in top 500 and a deep roster.

  1. Wichita State. . . 106 . . . 114

Buzz: Shockers won MVC for 15th title in last 21 years with five-shot victory. Yannick Emmert, ranked 232nd, paces the squad.

  1. Saint Peter’s. . . 283 . . . 276

Buzz: MAAC champions for third time in four years, Peacocks make it under first-year head coach Nick Dilio. Team doesn’t have player ranked higher than No. 1,346.

INDIVIDUALS: Jake Staiano, Colorado State; Ryan Cole, James Madison; Ian Snyman, North Texas; Thomas Rosenmueller, North Texas; Cory Churchman, North Texas

• • •

Baton Rouge Regional

The University Club, Baton Rouge, La.

TEAMS . . . GOLFWEEK RANK . . . GOLFSTAT RANK

  1. LSU . . . 3 . . . 6

Buzz: Tigers host in Baton Rouge after stellar three-win spring.

  1. Oregon . . . 9 . . . 7

Buzz: Defending national champions enter off first solo Pac-12 title since 1959.

  1. Virginia . . . 18 . . . 18

Buzz: No top-five finishes in last three starts, but Cavaliers have won four times in 2016-17.

  1. Duke . . . 19 . . . 19

Buzz: Blue Devils dominated ACC Championship on way to 12-shot win.

  1. Northwestern . . . 28 . . . 29

Buzz: Wildcats posted solid runner-up at Big Tens, extra promising with team outpacing Illini by one shot over final 36.

  1. Arkansas . . . 29 . . . 31

Buzz: Razorbacks may be young, but replenished team has weathered loss of three key seniors from 2015-16.

  1. Jacksonville . . . 43 . . . 42

Buzz: David Wicks, ranked 55th, leads Dolphins squad that finished third at A-SUN Championship.

  1. Kentucky . . . 44 . . . 43

Buzz: Wildcats enter off two straight 11th-place finishes.

  1. South Florida . . . 52 . . . 53

Buzz: AAC champs have no players in top 200 but boast deep, reliable starting five.

  1. Iowa . . . 54 . . . 56

Buzz: Hawkeyes follow up second- and third-place finishes in two event before Big Tens with T-4 at conference championship.

  1. Georgia State . . . 72 . . . 69

Buzz: Captured match-play Sun Belt title to earn fourth straight regionals appearance.

  1. Jacksonville State . . . 100 . . . 87

Buzz: OVC champs have five top-two finishes on the season.

  1. Loyola (Md.) . . . 177 . . . 179

Buzz: A five-shot victory at Patriot League Championship earned team third title in last four years.

  1. Alabama State . . . 271 . . . 264

Buzz: SWAC champs have three wins overall in 2016-17.

INDIVIDUALS: Peng Pichaikool, Mississippi State; Zan Luka Stirn, Arkansas State; R.J. Keur, UAB; Zander Lozano, Texas-San Antonio; Albert Badosa-Soler, Nicholls State

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