In-depth: Men’s regionals

NCAA Southeast Regional

When: May 14-16

Where: Red Tail Golf Club, Sorrento, Fla.

Who: Three of the top 15 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, including top-ranked Georgia. There are nine top-50 teams in this regional, tied with the Central for the most of any site.

Scoop: Georgia is looking for its third consecutive regional title. The Bulldogs won the 2007 and ‘08 East Regionals by a combined 33 shots. The last time they didn’t win a regional was also the last time they traveled to central Florida for a regional (‘06 at Lake Nona).

Short shots: Central Florida is hosting a regional for the second time in four years. The Knights, the No. 4 seed, are looking to make their first NCAA Championship since 1992. ... Florida State, the No. 5 seed, should be happy to stay in its home state. Last year, the ACC champion Seminoles were shipped to the West Regional in Washington. They were the West’s third seed, but finished 21st.

Who can crack the top 5?: Seventh-seeded Augusta State has won two of its past three tournaments at the Hootie at Bulls Bay and Administaff ASU Invitational.

Solo act: Indiana’s Jorge Campillo is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. The two players that tied for the ‘08 East Regional title – Georgia’s Russell Henley and UAB’s Zack Sucher – are also in the field. Sucher is playing as an individual.

TEAMS

1. (1) Georgia – SEC champion

2. (14) Indiana

3. (10) South Carolina

4. (17) Central Florida – Conference USA champion

5. (26) Florida State

6. (36) Arizona

7. (33) Augusta State

8. (42) Kentucky

9. (49) Georgia Southern

10. (60) Georgia State

11. (59) Iowa

12. (72) Charlotte – Atlantic 10 champion

13. (118) Campbell – Atlantic Sun champion

14. (213) Loyola (Md.) – Metro Atlantic Athletic champion

INDIVIDUALS

1. (61) Zack Sucher, UAB

2. (150) Marc-Etienne Bussierres, South Alabama

3. (183) Josh Brock, UNC Wilmington

4. (259) Bill Jones III, Mercer

5. (209) Kelly McHugh, Florida Atlantic

Note: Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings in parentheses.

– Sean Martin

NCAA Northeast Regional

When: May 14-16

Where: Galloway (N.J.) Golf Club

Who: Six teams – Clemson (6), Alabama (11), Illinois (12), Tennessee (24), Wake Forest (28), and Colorado State (29) – are ranked inside the top 45 of the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, the fewest of any regional site.

Scoop: Top-seeded Clemson enters regionals feeling good after finishing

runner-up to Georgia Tech at the ACC Championship and winning the U.S. Collegiate Championship. The Tigers’ David May was co-medalist at the conference championship, giving Clemson a powerful 1-2 punch with Kyle Stanley.

Short shots: Third-seeded Illinois is coming off its first Big Ten title in

21 years. ...Tennessee is seeded fourth despite finishing second-to-last at the SEC Championship. ... Kent State enters as the seventh seed after winning the MAC Championship, where the Golden Flashes finished 1-2-3, including medalist and reigning MAC player of the year John Hahn.

Who can crack the top 5?: Coastal Carolina ran away with the Big South title, thanks in large part to four Chanticleers finishing in the top 5. Zack Byrd is No. 21 in Golfweek’s rankings after a strong spring season, which included the Big South title.

Solo act: The Northeast Regional has two players ranked in the top 10 –

Alabama freshman Bud Cauley (No. 6) and Clemson’s Kyle Stanley (No. 7). Stanley is turning pro after the season.

TEAMS

1. (6) Clemson

2. (11) Alabama

3. (12) Illinois – Big Ten champion

4. (24) Tennessee

5. (28) Wake Forest

6. (29) Colorado State

7. (51) Kent State – Mid-American champion

8. (46) Coastal Carolina – Big South champion

9. (52) Virginia

10. (56) Penn State

11. (64) Minnesota

12. (63) VCU – Colonial Athletic champion

13. (202) Columbia – Ivy League champion

14. (203) Sacred Heart – Northeast champion

INDIVIDUALS

1. (79) Kevin O’Connell, North Carolina

2. (94) Dan Woltman, Wisconsin

3. (159) Robert Karlsson, Liberty

4. (728) Peter Williamson, Dartmouth

5. (1,061) Eric Hawerchuk, Central Connecticut

Note: Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings in parentheses.

– Ray McCarthy

NCAA South Central Regional

NCAA West Regional

When: May 14-16

Where: Lake Merced Golf Club, Daly City, Calif.

Who: USC, No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, is the only top-10 team in the field. And the Trojans, who’ve not been playing their best golf, should welcome the trip to San Francisco. In all, the 13-team field includes 12 teams ranked inside the top 70.

Scoop: Can Oregon repeat its surprising runner-up finish at last year’s West Regional? The Ducks are fresh off a second-place showing at the Pac-10 Championship.

Short shots: Texas A&M ended the fall ranked No. 39 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, but the spring season has been a different story. The Aggies have posted five top-5 finishes and climbed to No. 13. ... This region is full of teams looking to gain some respect: UC Davis and Kansas State lead the list, and a trip to nationals could validate the Wildcats’ and Aggies’ great seasons.

Who can crack the top 5?: Colorado finished second at the Big 12 Championship, so don’t be surprised if Derek Tolan and Pat Grady lead the Buffaloes to Toledo.

Fun fact: San Francisco played its final hole at the West Coast Conference Championship 4 under par to win the league’s AQ and get to play in the regional it is hosting.

Solo act: USC’s Matt Giles, who dropped to No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings after a T-24 finish at the Pac-10 Championship, will look to rebound.

TEAMS

1. (3) Southern California

2. (13) Texas A&M

3. (15) Arizona State

4. (22) San Diego State

5. (31) UC Davis – Big West champion

6. (35) Oregon

7. (37) New Mexico

8. (39) Colorado

9. (55) UC Irvine

10. (54) Kansas State

11. (66) Oregon State

12. (69) San Diego

13. (110) San Francisco – West Coast champion

INDIVIDUALS

1. (97) Grant Doverspike, Fresno State

2. (163) Brady Johnson, Brigham Young

3. (194) Nick Delio, Cal State Northridge

4. (226) Scott Smith, Nevada

5. (123) Geoff Gonzalez, Cal Poly

6. (213) Robbie Fillmore, Brigham Young

7. (274) Mark Hubbard, San Jose State

8. (253) Kevin Tucker, Washington State

9. (222) Bhavik Patel, Fresno State

10. (368) Greg Moss, Loyola Marymount

Note: Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings in parentheses.

– Lance Ringler

NCAA Central Regional

When: May 14-16

Where: The Club at Olde Stone, Bowling Green, Ky.

Who: Five of the top 30 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, led by No. 4 Washington, winner of two consecutive tournaments and perhaps the hottest team in the country.

Scoop: Four player-of-the-year candidates – Matt Hill (North Carolina State), Nick Taylor (Washington), Cameron Tringale (Georgia Tech) and Mike Van Sickle (Marquette) – will provide plenty of star power. Hill, Tringale and Taylor will play together in the first round.

Short shots: Ohio State and East Tennessee State will be the emotional favorites. OSU will want to send coach Jim Brown, retiring after 36 seasons, back to the Buckeye State for the NCAAs in Toledo. ETSU’s hearts are heavy after the recent death of signee Ben Enoch, the brother of sophomore Rhys Enoch. ... UCLA is the defending national champion.

Who can crack the top 5?: Middle Tennessee State, last year’s surprise qualifier for the NCAAs, is making another run. This is practically a home game for the 11th-seeded Blue Raiders, who are about 90 minutes from Olde Stone. The course’s length will favor a power squad such as MTSU pulling off an upset.

Solo act: Van Sickle has won 11 tournaments in his career, including five this year. He’ll have to earn the single individual berth to the NCAA Championship to keep his player-of-the-year hopes alive. He is a finalist for the Byron Nelson Award. He also threw out the first pitch at a Milwaukee Brewers game May 8.

TEAMS

1. (4) Washington – Pac-10 champion

2. (7) Georgia Tech – ACC champion

3. (23) N.C. State

4. (18) UCLA

5. (27) Mississippi

6. (40) East Tennessee State

7. (44) Duke

8. (43) Louisville – Big East champion

9. (50) Ohio State

10. (45) Vanderbilt

11. (70) Middle Tennessee State – Sun Belt champion

12. (101) Austin Peay State – Ohio Valley champion

13. (179) Cleveland State – Horizon League champion

14. (253) Bucknell – Patriot League champion

INDIVIDUALS

1. (10) Mike Van Sickle, Marquette

2. (115) Sebastian MacLean, Xavier

3. (228) Trey Bowling, Eastern Kentucky

4. (271) Tyler Duncan, Purdue

5. (NR) John Montgomery, Alabama State

Note: Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings in parentheses.

– Steve Harmon

NCAA Southwest Regional

When: May 14-16

Where: University of Texas Golf Club, Austin, Texas

Who: Arguably the most competitive regional. The top five seeds all rank inside the Golfweek/Sagarin top 25 with a pair in the top 10 – No. 5 Stanford and No. 8 Florida.

Scoop: This region is top heavy, so don’t be surprised if the seeds hold form. Normally the attention is on which teams qualify, but there will be more focus at this site on the battle for the victory.

Short shots: This site includes 10 individuals playing without their team. Auburn, New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana and Texas State each have two players playing as individuals. ... Michigan has not been to the NCAA Championship since 1997. The Wolverines are seeded eighth ... UNLV has missed advancing to the NCAA Championship in each of the past two seasons.

Who can crack the top 5?: You might look at Texas-Arlington. The Mavericks have had one their best seasons in school history, and if they can get everything clicking at the same time they could find a way into the hunt come Saturday.

Solo act: Longtime Auburn head coach Mike Griffin announced he would be stepping down after 25 years guiding the Tigers. Auburn failed to get an at-large bid after being ranked well enough at No. 62, but having a won-loss record below .500. However, Griffin will be in the postseason one more time with a pair of his players – Glenn Northcutt and Cole Moreland - who received at-large bids.

TEAMS

1. (5) Stanford

2. (8) Florida

3. (19) Texas Tech

4. (25) Texas

5. (21) UNLV

6. (32) California

7. (34) Lamar – Southland champion

8. (48) Michigan

9. (53) Texas-Arlington

10. (61) Virginia Tech

11. (58) Mississippi State

12. (82) New Mexico State – Western Athletic champion

13. (252) Jackson State – Southwestern Athletic champion

INDIVIDUALS

1. (130) Glenn Northcutt, Auburn

2. (170) Ken Looper, New Orleans

3. (266) Cole Moreland, Auburn

4. (321) Adam Cornelson, New Orleans

5. (278) Cedric Scotto, Southeastern Louisiana

6. (162) Jeff Gerlich, Texas State

7. (258) Matthew Carvell, Southeastern Louisiana

8. (181) Corey Roberson, Texas State

9. (221) Fergal Rafferty, Sam Houston

10. (551) Gonzalo Berlin, Jacksonville State

Note: Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings in parentheses.

– Lance Ringler

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