May 10, 2010
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s golf team, ranked 14th in the nation, has been made the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Southeast Regional, which will be played May 20-22 at The Capital City Club Crabapple in Alpharetta, Ga. Oklahoma State is the top seed in the regional, announced Monday by the NCAA Men’s Golf Selection Committee.
The Yellow Jackets, who earned an automatic berth by winning the Atlantic Coast Conference championship last month, is playing in an NCAA regional for the 13th straight year and for the 19th time in the 21 years the NCAA has used a regional qualifying format for its championship. They will be joined by 12 other teams and 10 individuals in the field at Crabapple.
“The committee looks like it really made an effort to make things even. They have taken great care to balance the fields and send people places to make that happen,” said Tech head coach Bruce Heppler. “The dynamics have changed. You’re playing for five spots instead of 10 now, so you really have to play well.
“I’m really happy to be playing at home. We’re used to the weather and conditions, so we’ll see what we can do. Oklahoma State has been one of the best teams in the country all year, as they always are, so it will be a challenge to everyone here to beat them.”
The full Southeast Regional field, in order of seed, includes Big 12 Conference champion Oklahoma State, Arizona State, ACC champion Georgia Tech, Clemson, Arkansas, Wake Forest, Mississippi, Southern Conference champion Furman, Brigham Young, Georgia Southern, Big South Conference champion Coastal Carolina, Sun Belt Conference champion South Alabama and Colonial Athletic Association champion Towson.
The 10 individual competitors are, in order of seed, Mitchell Gregson of Kansas State, Kelvin Day of Charleston Southern, Jeff Karlsson of Kennesaw State, Tom Sherreard of Georgia State, Garrett Medeiros and Mark Joye of Wofford, Joe Ida of Kansas State, Justin Martinson of Delaware, Korbin Kuehn of Missouri-Kansas City and Robert Cerabone of Fairleigh-Dickinson.
The field for the Southeast includes three teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and two teams from the Southeastern Conference. In all, eight of the 13 teams coming to Atlanta are ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the latest Golfstat rankings.
The other five regional tournaments will be held the Yale University Golf Course in New Haven, Conn., the Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind., the Traditions Club in College Station, Texas, the Carleton Oaks Golf Course in San Diego, Calif., and the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. Each regional is a 54-hole, stroke-play event with 13 teams and 10 individials, 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 Men’s Golf Championship, June 1-6 at the Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn., outside of Chattanooga.
The fields for all six regional tournaments can be found at http://www.ncaa.com/sports/m-golf/ncaa-m-golf-body.html. The other top-seeded teams are UCLA at New Haven, Stanford at Notre Dame, Texas A&M at College Station, Oregon at San Diego and Washington at Washington.
The NCAA Southeast Regional will be played at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course, which will play 7,186 yards and have a par of 70 for this regional. This is the third time Georgia Tech has hosted a regional tournament, having hosted the 2002 East Regional at Ansley Golf Club’s Settindown Creek in Roswell, and the 2007 East Regional at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta.
Tech has failed to advance through an NCAA regional only once in 19 tries (the Yellow Jackets did not receive bids in 1996 and 1997). Heppler’s teams have won two regional tournaments outright, in 1998 in Daufuskie Island, S.C., and 1999 in Providence, R.I., and shared the 2002 title with Clemson in Roswell.
2010 NCAA SOUTHEAST REGIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Site: Capital City Club-Crabapple, Alpharetta, Ga.
Dates: May 20-22, 2010 (Thursday-Saturday), practice round on Wednesday, May 19
Host school: Georgia Tech
Course information: 7,186 yards, par 70
Teams competing (in order of seed): Oklahoma State*, Arizona State, Georgia Tech*, Clemson, Arkansas, Wake Forest, Mississippi, Furman*, Brigham Young, Georgia Southern, Coastal Carolina*, South Alabama* and Towson* (*denotes automatic qualifier)
Individuals competing (in order of seed): Mitchell Gregson of Kansas State, Kelvin Day of Charleston Southern, Jeff Karlsson of Kennesaw State, Tom Sherreard of Georgia State, Garrett Medeiros and Mark Joye of Wofford, Joe Ida of Kansas State, Justin Martinson of Delaware, Korbin Kuehn of Missouri-Kansas City and Robert Cerabone of Fairleigh-Dickinson
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 June 1-6 at the Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn.
Wednesday, May 19 – practice rounds from 8 a.m. to 9:10 p.m. from both No. 1 and 10 tees, in order of seed, beginning with top seed
Thursday, May 20 – first round, play begins at 8 a.m. from both No. 1 and No. 10 tees (last group tees off at 10:20 a.m.)
Friday, May 21 – second round, play begins at 8 a.m. from both No. 1 and No. 10 tees (last group tees off at 10:20 a.m.)
Saturday, May 22 – third and final round, play begins at 7:30 a.m. from both No. 1 and No. 10 tees (last group tees off at 9:50 a.m.)
DIRECTIONS TO THE CAPITAL CITY CLUB-CRABAPPLE (770-667-6303)
The main gate for access is 13802 New Providence Road, Alpharetta, Ga., 30004 (Fulton County).
From 400 North: Ga. 400 North to Exit 10 – Old Milton Rd. Turn left & proceed 3.8 miles. Turn right on Broadwell Road. Proceed 2.8 miles to New Providence. Turn right for .8 miles to Club Entrance. Please note: There is NO Capital City Club sign at the entrance. The sign reads “Private Drive.”