Story courtesy of Kent State Athletic Communications
KENT, Ohio - The Kent State men's golf team is headed to Pete Dye River Course in Virginia for its 24th NCAA appearance. The Golden Flashes earned the sixth seed in the East Regional which will next take place May 19-21. The 54-hole event is hosted by Virginia Tech on a par 72, 7,685-yard venue in Radford, Va.
Since the regional format began in 1989, Kent State has now qualified for NCAA post season play 20 times in the past 23 years. The Golden Flashes shared team medalist honors at the 2010 East Regional at The Course at Yale last season to advance to the NCAA Championship where the team finished 20th.
No. 4 Georgia Tech is the top seed in the East region followed by No. 10 Louisiana State and No. 16 Duke. No. 21 Virginia and No. 29 Oklahoma round out the top five seeds ahead of Kent State which enters the postseason ranked No. 33 by golfstat.com and in the Golfweek Sagarin Performance Index. The Golden Flashes earned the Mid-American Conference's automatic bid after a 29-stroke victory in the Mid-American Conference Championship gave the program its third straight and league record 19th conference title.
Re-opened in August 2005, The River Course was selected by Golf Digest as one of the Top 5 "Best Newly Remodeled Courses in America" for 2006. It was included in Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play" for 2008-2009 as a coveted 4 1/2 Star Facility.
This is the third 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 Oklahoma State at Karsten Creek May 31-June 5 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The other five regionals are located at the Omni Tucson Nationals Resort in Tucson, Arizona, the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colorado, the Golden Ocala Golf Club in Ocala, Florida, Wolf Run Golf Club in Zionsville, Indiana and The Farms Golf Course in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
East Regional Field (by seeds; automatic qualifiers in parentheses):
1. Georgia Tech (Atlantic Coast Conference)
6. Kent State (Mid-American Conference)
7. Virginia Tech
9. East Carolina
10. UNC Wilmington (Colonial Athletic Association)
11. Coastal Carolina
13. Yale (The Ivy League)