Kent State Headed To Yale For NCAA East Regional

Updated 5/11/2010
Story courtesy of Kent State Sports Information

KENT, Ohio - The Kent State men's golf team is headed to Yale University Golf Course for its 23rd NCAA appearance. The Golden Flashes earned the ninth seed in the East Regional which will next take place May 20-22. The 54-hole event is hosted by Yale on a par 70, 6749-yard venue in New Haven, Conn.

"There are quite a few talent teams in every regional," said Head Coach Herb Page, now in his 32nd year. "The Yale Course is one of the top collegiate golf courses in the country. I last took a team there in 1984 and it was very challenging which is good because it will be a good test for all the teams in our regional."

The Golden Flashes won the Yale Fall Intercollegiate in 1984 defeating a David Toms Louisiana State team among others.

No. 6 UCLA is the top seed in the East region followed by No. 7 Texas and No. 18 South Carolina. Kent State earned the Mid-American Conference's automatic bid after a 22-stroke victory in the MAC Championship gave the program its 18th conference title. The Golden Flashes enter the postseason ranked No. 53 by golfstat.com and 45 in the Golfweek Sagarin Performance Index.

The Course at Yale was designed by C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor and opened for play in 1926. The golf course is considered one of the finest examples of early American golf architecture in the world. Large deeply bunkered greens and rolling fairways are the core of Yale's character. In 2007, The Course at Yale was named the #1 College Golf Course in America.

This is the second season for a six-site NCAA Regional format with either 13 or 14 teams at each location. The top five teams and top individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championship hosted by Chattanooga at the Honors Course June 1-6.

The other five regionals are located at Capital City Club in Alpharetta, Georgia, The Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Indiana, Carlton Oaks Golf Course in San Diego, California, the Traditions Club in College Station, Texas and Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Washington.

East Regional Field
Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. UCLA
2. Texas
3. South Carolina
4. Virginia
5. Alabama
6. East Tennessee State
7. SE Louisiana
8. Charlotte
9. Kent State
10. Vanderbilt
11. Penn State
12. UNC Wilmigton
13. Columbia
14. Lafayette