Men's Golf selected to compete at NCAA Regional
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas men's golf program has been selected to participate in the 2007 NCAA Central Regional Championships slated for May 17-19 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. The Longhorns received the No. 8 seed in the 27-team regional.
The NCAA regional field will play 72 holes, and the top 10 teams and the top two individuals not on the top 10 teams will advance to the NCAA Championships set for May 30-June 2 at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.
"As the eighth seed in the NCAA Central Regional, it speaks to the kind of season we had," said UT coach John Fields. "We had our ups and downs and we've done some good things this year. This team is capable of qualifying for the NCAA Championships, and we're looking forward to competing in the regional."
The NCAA Central Regional includes six of the nation's Top 20 teams in the latest Golf Coaches' Association of America (GCAA) rankings. Alabama ranks third, while Lamar comes in at No. 5 and Oklahoma State ranks seventh.
Texas stands at No. 27 in the latest GolfStat.com head-to-head rankings after placing fourth at the Big 12 Championships in Hutchinson, Kan., and collecting two victories during the regular season.
Texas scored a 12-stroke victory over an 18-team field at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in Orlando, Fla., last October, and UT followed that win with a six-stroke victory over a nine-team field at the Aloha Purdue Collegiate Invitational over the Thanksgiving holiday.
"We know how to win, but right now, the most important thing is to get through our final exams in a positive way, have energy to advance through the regionals and to get to the (NCAA) finals," Fields concluded.
Texas has advanced to the NCAA Championships in five of Fields' previous nine seasons as the Longhorns' coach.
NCAA Central Regional Field (teams listed by seeds)