Mountain West to Send Five Men's Golf Teams to NCAA Regionals
May 8, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Five teams will represent the Mountain West in the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Regionals, as announced Monday by the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Committee. This marks the third time in four years that the Mountain West has sent at least five men's golf teams to the postseason and the 13th consecutive season the MW has sent at least four teams to NCAA regionals.
San Diego State earned the MW's automatic berth after capturing its second consecutive Conference championship last week on the Catalina Course at OMNI Tucson National in Tucson, Ariz. The Aztecs will be joined by Colorado State, New Mexico, TCU and UNLV.
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 17-19. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals, while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals. The finals will be conducted May 29-June 3, at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The University of Southern California is the host institution for this year's NCAA National Championships.
San Diego State, which is ranked No. 14 in the latest Golfweek standings, enters the Stanford Regional as the No. 3 seed. Hosted by Stanford University, the regional will be played on the par 70, 6,727-yard Stanford Golf Course. This is the 14th consecutive bid to the NCAA Regionals for the Aztecs, including every season under the direction of ninth-year head coach Ryan Donovan. San Diego State won the 2011 NCAA regional at OMNI Tucson National before finishing 16th at the NCAA National Championships in Stillwater, Okla.
No. 15 UNLV will be the No. 2 seed at the Greensboro Regional, which will be played at Grandover Resort (East Course, par 72, 7,300 yards) in Greensboro, N.C. It is the Rebels' 24rd straight appearance in an NCAA Regional, tying Oklahoma State (1989-2011) for the NCAA record of most consecutive appearances. UNLV is attempting to advance to the championship finals for the first time since 2010.
New Mexico, ranked 16th by Golfweek, was selected as the No. 3 seed in the Georgia Regional and will be making its 22nd overall postseason appearance since the current NCAA format was put into place in 1989. This is also the ninth time in the 11 years under head coach Glen Millican that the Lobos have been selected to an NCAA regional. The University of Georgia Golf Course, a par 71, 7,253-yard course, in Athens, Ga., will host the event. New Mexico is looking to make a return to the NCAA championship finals for the first time since 2007.
No. 41 TCU received an at-large selection to the NCAA regionals for the 23rd consecutive year and will play at the University of Michigan Golf Course (par 71, 6,723 yards) in Ann Arbor, Mich. Under head coach Bill Montigel, the Horned Frogs are one of only four teams in the country to appear in the NCAA regionals with the same head coach for at least each of the last 23 seasons, joining Clemson, UNLV (Dwaine Knight) and Florida. The Horned Frogs are the No. 8 seed in the Michigan Regional. TCU looks to return to the NCAA National Championships for the first time since advancing in both 2009 and 2010.
Colorado State was selected as the No. 11 seed in the Bowling Green Regional to be played at the Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Ky. The 2012 selection marks the sixth-straight regional appearance, 12th in 13 years, for the Rams under head coach Jamie Bermel. No. 65 Colorado State finished second at the Colorado Regional last year and advanced to the NCAA National Championships, where the Rams placed 30th.