Story courtesy of Eastern Michigan Sports Information
YPSILANTI, Mich.-- The Eastern Michigan University men’s golf team earned a bid to the NCAA East Regional to be played at The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga., May 17-19. The Eagles will be making their first NCAA Regional appearance after winning the Mid-American Conference Championship last weekend, May 3-5, at The Medallion Club in Westerville, Ohio.
Nine of the nation’s top 25 teams in the Golfweek rankings are in the East Regional, including No. 1 Georgia, No. 7 Florida, No. 10 Georgia Tech, No. 11 Clemson, No. 12 Coastal Carolina, No. 20 Charlotte, No. 23 North Carolina, No. 24 Duke and No. 25 Florida State.
Eastern Michigan is led by Mid-American Conference Golfer of the Year Graham Hill, who became the first EMU student-athlete to claim medalist honors in the 60-year history of the conference tournament. In 34 rounds this season, Hill averaged 72.2 strokes per round, the lowest scoring average on the squad and the fourth best in the MAC. He has placed in the top 25 in every tournament but one this season, including five top five showings.
While the complete team will be making its first postseason appearance, head coach Bruce Cunningham is accustomed to the NCAA experience. Former EMU great Korey Mahoney qualified as an individual in both the 2005 and 2006 championships. Prior to Mahoney’s appearances, Bob McNiff qualified for the event in 1985, while Marc Dingman made back-to-back appearances in the 1981 and 1982 regional championships.
The East Regional teams in order of seeding include No. 1 Georgia, No. 11 Clemson, No. 7 Florida, No. 12 Coastal Carolina, No. 10 Georgia Tech, Georgia State, No. 20 Charlotte, No. 23 North Carolina, No. 25 Florida State, No. 24 Duke, Auburn, Ole Miss, Chattanooga, UAB, Central Florida, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Old Dominion, Jacksonville State and Louisiana-Lafayette to round out the top 20. St. John's is the 21st-seed followed by EMU, Maryland, Longwood, Rhode Island, Hartford and Boston College.
The NCAA East Regional will be played at The Golf Club of Georgia's Lakeside Course, a 7,017-yard, par 72 layout with demanding, firm and fast greens. It was honored in 1991 by Golf Digest as "Best New Private Course" in America and annually hosts The United States Collegiate Championship. In 1999, Golf Digest honored Lakeside's par-5, 607-yard 11th hole as one of "America's Best 99 Golf Holes."
The top 10 teams and two individuals not on those teams qualify for the 110th NCAA Men's Golf Championship at the Golden Horseshoe in Williamsburg, Va., May 30-June 2.
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