The Eastern Michigan University and Kent State University men’s golf teams earned bids to the NCAA Central Regional to be played at Ohio State University's Scarlet Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio, May 15-17. The Eagles will be making their second consecutive NCAA Regional appearance after winning the Mid-American Conference Championship last weekend, May 2-4, at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio. This will mark the 21st time in school history that Kent State will be NCAA bound.
EMU head coach Bruce Cunningham is accustomed to the NCAA experience, as the 13th-year mentor has either placed a team or an individual in the last four NCAA Tournaments dating back to the 2005 campaign. Just last season, the Eagles placed 15th at the NCAA East Regional in their first team appearance in more than 60 years. Additionally, former EMU great Korey Mahoney qualified as an individual in both the 2005 and 2006 championships.
Kent State received at at-large bid for the first time since 2004, when the Golden Flashes advanced to the NCAA Championship for the 12th time in program history. KSU won the 1993 Central Regional held at the Scarlet Course and finished fourth in 1990 at the same venue.
Ranked No. 34 by golfstat.com, the Golden Flashes have five straight top three finishes and nine top five finishes in 12 tournaments this season. After two straight victories, KSU finished second by one stroke to the No. 24 seed Eastern Michigan at the Mid-American Conference Championship this past weekend.
Seven of the nation’s top 25 teams in the Golfweek rankings are in the Central Regional, including No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 Oklahoma State, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 Georgia Tech, No. 11 Tennessee, No. 20 Louisville and No. 25 Indiana.
The Central Regional teams in order of seeding include No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Georgia Tech, No. 4 Florida and No. 5 Tennessee. Lamar, Wake Forest, Indiana, Texas A&M, Louisville, Wichita State, Kent State, Penn State Arkansas and Michigan completed the top
15 slots. TCU, UT-Arlington, Illinois, Ohio State, Baylor, Colorado, Eastern Kentucky, Marquette, EMU, Cleveland State, Loyola (Md.) and Sacred Heart rounded out the field.
Established in 1938, the Scarlet Golf Course is rated the best collegiate facility in the country by Golf Digest. Located two miles northwest of the OSU campus, the par 71 course carries a rating of 76.1 with a slope of 142. From the championship tees, it stretches out to 7,455 yards of rolling terrain and contains a nine-acre lake and winding stream that creates challenging play on several holes. The large contoured greens are surrounded by strategically placed bunkers, adding to the difficulty of the course.
The top 10 teams and two individuals not on those teams qualify for the 111th NCAA Men's Golf Championship at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Ind., May 28-30
Listed below are the teams and individuals selected to participate in the championships. Teams winning automatic qualification are designated by their conferences in parentheses.
CENTRAL REGIONAL-May 15-17
Scarlet Golf Course ? Columbus, Ohio
Hosted by The Ohio State University
Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. Alabama (Southeastern Conference)
2. Oklahoma State (Big 12 Conference)
3. Georgia Tech
6. Lamar (Southland Conference)
7. Wake Forest
9. Texas A&M
11. Wichita State (Missouri Valley Conference) 12. Kent State 13. Penn State 14. Arkansas 15. Michigan 16. TCU 17. Texas-Arlington 18. Illinois 19. Ohio State 20. Baylor 21. Colorado 22. Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley Conference) 23. Marquette (Big East Conference) 24. Eastern Michigan (Mid-American Conference) 25. Cleveland State (Horizon League) 26. Loyola (Maryland) (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) 27. Sacred Heart (Northeast Conference)
1. Chris Baker, Iowa State
2. Clayton Rask, Minnesota
3. Josh Sandman, Notre Dame
4. Victor Almstrom, Minnesota
5. Brent Long, Western Kentucky
6. Jordan Weber, Northern Iowa