Balicki: Taking an at-large guess
Twenty-seven down – one to go.
That’s how the men’s Division I conference championships stand at this point, with those 27 champions guaranteed a spot in the upcoming NCAA regionals. The 28th automatic qualifier will come out of the Mountain West Conference, which concludes its championship May 7.
The NCAA Golf Committee then will determine who gets the 53 at-large invitations into the postseason. That announcement is expected to be made about 6 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, May 9.
The six NCAA region championships will take place May 19-21 at these sites: Omni Tucson (Ariz.) National Resort; Colorado National Golf Club, Erie, Colo.; Golden Ocala (Fla.) Golf Club; Wolf Run Golf Club, Zionsville, Ind.; Pete Dye River Course, Blacksburg, Va.; and The Farms Golf Club, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
So let’s take a look at the conferences and see which teams, if any, are in line to follow the automatic-qualifying champions as at-large selections:
In no particular order and with their Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking as of May 2 in parentheses, here’s how I see it:
Southeastern: AQ: Florida (5). At-large: Alabama (3), LSU (9), Auburn (10), Georgia (13), Arkansas (14), Tennessee (23), Mississippi (55).
Atlantic Coast: AQ: Georgia Tech (2). At-large: Duke (16), Virginia (17), Clemson (25), Wake Forest (26); North Carolina State (29), Florida State (40), Virginia Tech (42).
Big 12: AQ: Oklahoma State (1). At-large: Texas A&M (6), Texas (11), Texas Tech (15), Oklahoma (24), Baylor (44), Missouri (50).
Pac-10: AQ: USC (20). At-large: UCLA (4), California (19), Stanford (21), Oregon (22), Washington (30), Arizona State (32), Oregon State (47), Arizona (66).
Big Ten: AQ: Illinois (12). At-large: Iowa (18), Ohio State (31), Indiana (37), Michigan (51), Northwestern (54), Purdue (56). On the bubble: Penn State (74).
Conference USA: AQ: Central Florida (34). At-large: East Carolina (35), Tulsa (52), SMU (53), Memphis (63).
Southern: AQ: Georgia Southern (107). At-large: Chattanooga (39).
Sun Belt: AQ: Denver (128). At-large: North Texas (38), Middle Tennessee State (49).
Southland: AQ: UT-Arlington (62). At-large: SE Louisiana (64), Lamar (69). On the bubble: Central Arkansas (73).
Atlantic-10: AQ: Charlotte (59). On the bubble: Richmond (72).
Colonial Athletic Association: AQ: UNC-Wilmington (48).
Big East: AQ: Notre Dame (60).
West Coast: AQ: San Francisco (89). At-large: San Diego (25), Pepperdine (36).
Big South: AQ: Liberty (27). At-large: Coastal Carolina (61).
Atlantic Sun: AQ: Kennesaw State (46). At-large: North Florida (45).
Southwestern Athletic: AQ: Jackson State (238).
Ivy League: AQ: Yale (162).
Patriot League: AQ: Army (248).
Summit League: AQ: Missouri-Kansas City (119).
Horizon League: AQ: Cleveland State (139).
Missouri Valley: AQ: Wichita State (111).
Ohio Valley: AQ: Jacksonville State (78).
Northeast: AQ: Sacred Heart (213).
Metro Atlantic: AQ: Loyola-Maryland (200).
Mid-American: AQ: Kent State (33).
Big West: AQ: UC-Davis (57). At-large: Pacific (67).
Western Athletic: AQ: New Mexico State (58). On the bubble: Idaho (70), San Jose State (75), Louisiana Tech (80), Fresno State (81).
Mountain West: May 5-7
At-large independent: Augusta State (7).