Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
MILTON, Ga. -- Ball State will tee it up Tuesday morning at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course as one of 30 teams still competing for the top spot in Division I men’s golf.
The Cardinals are making their first appearance at the NCAA Championships since 1986 after earning a trip to Atlanta through a playoff at the regional in Pullman, Wash.
Ball State completed its practice round Monday at Crabapple, which will play to a par-70, 7,319-yard layout. Two holes that are typically par-5s -- the ninth hole and the 16th -- have been converted into long par-4s for the championships.
The Cardinals will go off the first tee Tuesday in the morning wave of starting times, which feature half the teams. Joe Gasser will be the first Ball State player off the tee at 8:40 a.m., followed in 10-minute intervals by Tony Lazzara, McCormick Clouser, Alex Stinson and Tyler Merkel.
Ball State, seeded 30th, will play in groups with Texas Tech and Coastal Carolina for the first two rounds. The Cardinals will play in the afternoon wave for Wednesday’s second round.
The teams will then be re-grouped for Thursday’s final round of stroke play, after which there will be a cut down the top eight teams for match play to decide the national champion.
No. 1-ranked California, which won its NCAA-record 11th tournament of the season at the Pullman Regional, is the top seed in the field, followed by Alabama, UCLA, defending national champion Texas and Washington.
Live scoring for the tournament is available at ncaa.com.
A top 20 finisher each of the past three seasons, No. 23 Kent State heads to the 2013 NCAA Championships held at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga. from May 28- June 2 looking to continue its run of postseason successes. Making the 17th finals appearance in school history, the Golden Flashes hold the distinction of being one of only eight schools that have reached the NCAA Championships each of the last four years and are one of only four schools with three straight top-20 finishes.
Kent State enters as the 22nd seed in the 30-team field and owns a national ranking of 23 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and 24 by GolfStat.com.
Hole-by-hole live scoring will be provided by golfstat.com throughout the week.
Beginning on the final day of stroke play (Thursday, May 30), and live web streaming of the tournament will be offered on NCAA.com. Live streaming will continue through the conclusion of the NCAA Championships with the finals of match play on Sunday (June 2).
Golden Flashes Line-Up
Representing the Golden Flashes at the NCAA Championships are senior Kevin Miller (75.4), juniors Taylor Pendrith (72.9), Corey Conners (72.1), and Kyle Kmiecik (75.5), and sophomore Nick Scott (76.1).
The Field (seed in parentheses):
(1) California, (2) Alabama, (3) UCLA, (4) Texas, (5) Washington, (6) New Mexico, (7) Georgia Tech, (8) Arkansas, (9) TCU, (10) Florida, (11) Southern California, (12) Georgia, (13) Florida State, (14) North Florida, (15) Illinois, (16) Oklahoma State, (17) LSU, (18) Auburn, (19) South Carolina, (20) Texas A&M, (21) Saint Mary’s, (22) Kent State, (23) Oklahoma, (24) UNLV, (25) UCF, (26) Tennessee, (27) Arizona State, (28) Texas Tech, (29) Coastal Carolina, (30) Ball State
Tuesday, May 28: First Round of stroke play (tee times start at 7 a.m.)
Wednesday, May 29: Second Round of stroke play (tee times start at 7 a.m.)
Thursday, May 30: Final Round of stroke play (tee times start at 7 a.m.)
Friday, May 31: First round of match play (first match begins at 10 a.m.)
Saturday, June 1: Semifinals (first match begins at 10 a.m.)
Sunday, June 2: Championship match (10 a.m.)