May 6, 2013
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech’s golf team, ranked 7th in the nation in the Golfstat rankings and 9th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, has been made the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tallahassee (Fla.) Regional, which will be played May 16-18 at the Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club, the NCAA Men’s Golf Selection Committee announced Monday night.
The Yellow Jackets are playing in an NCAA regional for the 16th straight year and for the 23rd time in the 25 years the NCAA has used a regional qualifying format for its championship. They are part of a regional field that includes 13 teams and 10 individuals.
In all, 81 teams and 45 individuals are completing for spots in the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, which Georgia Tech is hosting May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Milton, Ga. The other five regional sites (with top seed in parentheses) are being held in in Baton Rouge, La. (Alabama), Columbus, Ohio (New Mexico), Fayetteville, Ark. (defending NCAA champion Texas), Pullman, Wash. (No. 1 California) and Tempe, Ariz. UCLA).
The Tallahassee Regional will play host to eight teams ranked among the nation’s top 50, including, in order of seed, No. 4 Washington, No. 7 Georgia Tech, No. 14 Florida State (host), No. 19 North Florida (Atlantic Sun champion), No. 30 Oklahoma, No. 31 Wake Forest, No. 42 NC State, No. 43 Oregon, Oregon State, Iowa, South Florida (Big East champion), San Diego and Loyola, Md. (Metro Atlantic champion).
“The guys are excited about the chance to get back in the NCAA Championship and looking forward to going to Tallahassee,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “This will be a very tough field with Washington having a great team and Florida State playing at home, and North Florida is in their element as well. We’ve got a lot of West Coast teams coming to this regional. We played pretty well in the Gary Koch Invitational in Tampa earlier this spring so I feel like we’re in a very good situation.”
The Yellow Jackets head into the post-season having won twice this year, including the PING/Golfweek Preview Invitational and the United States Collegiate Championship. Five Tech players are ranked among the nation’s top 2000 players by the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index – ACC individual champion Anders Albertson (24), Ollie Schniederjans (29), Bo Andrews (112), Shun Yat Hak (139) and Seth Reeves (194).
Other ACC teams in the field include conference champion Duke, which has been sent to Tempe along with Clemson and North Carolina, Virginia (Columbus) and Virginia Tech (Pullman).
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 in each regional advance to the NCAA finals.
Tech has failed to advance through an NCAA regional only once in 22 tries (the Yellow Jackets did not receive bids in 1996 and 1997). Heppler’s teams have won three regional tournaments outright, in 1991 in New Haven, Conn., 1998 in Daufuskie Island, S.C., and 1999 in Providence, R.I., and shared the 2002 title with Clemson in Roswell, Ga.
2013 NCAA TALLAHASSEE REGIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Site: Tallahassee, Fla., Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club (host – Florida State)
Dates: May 16-18 (Thursday-Saturday), practice round on Wednesday, May 15
Teams competing (in order of seed): No. 4 Washington, No. 7 Georgia Tech, No. 14 Florida State (host), No. 19 North Florida (Atlantic Sun champion), No. 30 Oklahoma, No. 31 Wake Forest, No. 42 NC State, No. 43 Oregon, Oregon State, Iowa, South Florida (Big East champion), San Diego and Loyola, Md. (Metro Atlantic champion).
Format: 54 holes (18 each day). Each team has five players, with the low four individual scores each day counting toward the team total. The top 5 teams and the top individual not on those teams after 54 holes advance to the NCAA Championship May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club – Crabapple Course in Milton, Ga.