May 2, 2018
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech’s No. 4-ranked golf team, which earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship by winning the ACC Championship two weeks ago, and has been assigned to compete as the top seed in the Raleigh Regional, to be played May 14-16 at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, N.C.
REGIONAL INFORMATION – The Yellow Jackets are playing in an NCAA regional for the 21st straight year and for the 28th time in the 30 years the NCAA has used a regional qualifying format for its championship. They are part of a regional field that includes 14 teams and five individuals.
The Raleigh Regional will play host to eight teams listed among the nation’s top 50 of the Golfstat rankings, including (in order of seed) California (9), Texas (16), Arizona State (21), Duke (28), NC State (37), Liberty (40), Missouri (46), Santa Clara (51), Campbell (56), Middle Tennessee State (70), Augusta (113), Davidson (204) and Iona (268). Liberty, MTSU, Augusta, Davidson and Iona, as well as the Jackets, qualified automatically by winning their conference tournaments.
Tech is playing in Raleigh for the second time, having been the No. 1 seed in 2014 with a team led by four current Tour pros in , , and . The Yellow Jackets won that regional by 17 strokes over Washington, one of seven tournament victories for Tech that year, and reached match play at the NCAA Championship in Hutchinson, Kan., for the fourth time in five years.
The NCAA announced on Wednesday all 81 teams and 45 individuals who will competing for spots in the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, which will be conducted May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. Of the 81 teams, 31 were automatic qualifiers by winning their conference championships, and the other 50 earned at-large bids.
Each regional is a 54-hole, stroke-play event with 13 teams and 10 individuals, or 14 teams and five individuals, competing. The top five teams after 54 holes and one individual not on those teams advance from each regional to the NCAA Championship finals, which has a field of 30 teams and six individuals.
The other five regional tournaments will be conducted in Bryan, Texas (Traditions Club; Texas A&M, top seed); Columbus, Ohio (Scarlet Course/OSU Golf Course; Oklahoma State, top seed); Kissimmee, Fla. (Reunion Resort; Vanderbilt, top seed); Norman, Okla. (Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club; Oklahoma, top seed) and Stockton, Calif. (The Reserve at Spanos Park; LSU, top seed).
TEAM UPDATE – Georgia Tech is ranked No. 4 in the latest Golfstat rankings and No. 8 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index after winning the ACC Championship. The Yellow Jackets also have a victory at the General James Hackler Championship this spring, along with a third-place finish at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate, a fifth-place finish at the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawai’i and fourth-place finishes at the Puerto Rico Classic and the Valspar Collegiate. Tech posted a pair of wins and a runner-up finish in four fall events.
Tech owns a 113-16-4 overall win-loss record this year against a schedule ranked the 14th most difficult in the country, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Index. That includes a 55-16-4 mark against top-50 teams. The Yellow Jackets have been remarkably consistent and balanced in its lineup, ranking second nationally in lowest dropped score (75.05), and only three individuals have finished outside the top 50 in nine tournaments in 2017-18.
HEAD COACH SAYS – “The field in this regional is very strong with Texas and California there, and Duke and NC State playing at home, so this will be a really tough one to get through. The last time we played in Raleigh, we played very well there, and we’ve been successful on conference tournament play in that environment, so we should be comfortable with the surroundings and the type of course this is. All the teams are good, so you just have to play three good rounds to move on, and that needs to be our focus.”
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