Cowboys grab top seed in Columbia, Sooners No.3 in Eugene, two TU players invited

INDIANAPOLIS – Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team was awarded the top seed for the NCAA Columbia Regional it was announced today by the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee.

Oklahoma meanwhile, is the No. 3 seed in the Eugene Regional. Tulsa did not land a berth, although Matt Mabrey and Logan McCracken were selected as individuals and will compete in the Columbia Regional.

The Cowboys and the rest of the 14-team field as well as five individuals will compete at Missouri’s The Club at Old Hawthorne May 15-17. The tournament will consist of 54 holes with the low five teams as well as the low individual not on those teams advancing to the NCAA Championship.

The championship finals will be conducted May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.

OSU finished fourth at the Fayetteville Regional last year to secure the 66th NCAA Championship berth in the 67-year history of the program.

Since 1989, the Cowboys have won nine regional titles and produced nine regional medalists as well.  

The Sooners will compete May 15-17 at the 6,990-yard, par-70 Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.

The Sooners, ranked 19th nationally, will make their fourth straight regional appearance and 42nd postseason appearance in school history.

The 13-team, 54-hole tournament, hosted by the University of Oregon, is one of six NCAA Regionals. It will feature 18 holes a day and serve as a preliminary event for the NCAA Championships finals. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams will advance to the finals.

"We are excited about our site selection, and Eugene Country Club is going to be great from what everyone I have talked to has said," OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. "It is tight and a position golf course. We are going to have to play great golf to get through to the NCAA Championships finals, and we are excited for the challenge."

NCAA regionals will also be held in San Antonio, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Auburn, Ala.; and Sugar Grove, Ill. A total of 81 teams and 45 individuals were chosen for regionals.

Other Big 12 teams who qualified for a regional are Texas (No. 3 seed, Auburn), Baylor (No. 5 seed, Eugene), Texas Tech (No. 7 seed, Raleigh), Iowa State (No. 9 seed, Columbia) and TCU (No. 9 seed, San Antonio).

Hybl’s squad is coming off a seventh-place finish at the Big 12 Championship in Trinity, Texas. This season, the Sooners have secured three tournament wins, matching a program best.

Last season, the Sooners advanced to the NCAA Championships finals for the third straight year and the 34th time overall by finishing fifth following a playoff on the 18th hole against South Florida in the Tallahassee Regional in Tallahassee, Fla. At the national tournament in Atlanta, Ga., OU took 11th place for the second straight season.

University of Tulsa golfers Matt Mabrey and Logan McCracken were selected for participation as individuals in the Columbia Regional. Mabrey and McCracken will be joined by Central Arkansas’ Pep Angles, Daniel Wood of Kansas State and Fairfield’s Alex Taylor as the individuals competing at the Columbia regional.
 
Mabrey, a junior, is coming off of winning medalist honors at the Conference USA Championships last week, while the senior McCracken finished in second-place. Mabrey came into the final round two strokes behind leader and teammate McCracken at the par-70, 6,861-yard Oak Tree Country Club course (Edmond, Okla.), but used an even-par 70 to take first place with a 209 total, while McCracken scored a 74 for a 211 54-hole score.
 
Mabrey became the first Tulsa player in nine years as a Conference USA member to win the league’s individual title. His conference crown marked the 20th time in school history that the Hurricane has had an individual conference champion and the first since the 2004 season.
 
On the year, McCracken led the Hurricane with a 72.4 stroke average in 33 rounds and placed among the top-15 seven times in 11 tournaments. He had four top-five performances and captured individual medalist honors at the Eagle/Osprey Intercollegiate in November. McCracken also finished second in Tulsa’s last two tournaments, including the River Landing Intercollegiate and the C-USA Championship.
 
Mabrey has placed among the top-20 seven times this season and had three-top-10 performances, while carding a stroke average of 72.8 in 33 rounds. In 18 rounds this spring, Mabrey has had five sub-70 rounds.
 

Auburn University Club – Auburn, Alabama
Hosted by Auburn

Teams:
1. Alabama [Southeastern Conference] 2. Virginia Tech
3. Texas [Big 12 Conference] 4. Auburn
5. New Mexico [Mountain West Conference] 6. BYU [West Coast Conference] 7. Kennesaw State
8. Colorado
9. Louisville
10. UNC-Greensboro
11. UC Davis
12. Sam Houston State [Southland Conference] 13. St. John’s [Big East Conference] 14. Alabama State [Southwestern Athletic Conference]

Individuals:
1. Blake Morris, Ole Miss
2. JD Tomlinson, Florida
3. Jared Bettcher, Troy
4. Marco Iten, Austin Peay
5. Theodore Lederhausen, Harvard

The Club at Old Hawthorne – Columbia, Missouri
Hosted by Missouri

Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. Oklahoma State
2. Virginia
3. LSU
4. Arkansas
5. Arizona State
6. Iowa
7. San Diego State
8. Missouri
9. Iowa State
10. Middle Tennessee State
11. Ohio State
12. Denver [The Summit League] 13. Loyola-Maryland [Patriot League] 14. Bryant [Northeast Conference]

Individuals:
1. Pep Angles, Central Arkansas
2. Matt Mabrey, Tulsa
3. Logan McCracken, Tulsa

4. Daniel Wood, Kansas State
5. Alex Taylor, Fairfield

Lonnie Poole Golf Club – Raleigh, North Carolina
Hosted by NC State

Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. Georgia Tech [Atlantic Coast Conference] 2. Washington
3. Florida State
4. Texas A&M
5. Mercer  [Atlantic Sun Conference] 6. Kentucky
7. Texas Tech
8. Wake Forest
9. South Alabama
10. Memphis
11. Minnesota [Big Ten Conference] 12. Rice [Conference USA] 13. Bethune-Cookman [Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference]

Individuals:
1. J.T. Poston, Western Carolina
2. Evan Russell, Hartford
3. Franco Castro, UNC-Charlotte
4. Brandon Matthews, Temple
5. Richard Fountain, Davidson
6. Eric Brady, East Carolina
7. Andrew Dorn, Coastal Carolina
8. Ben Wheeler, Coastal Carolina
9. Sean Bosdosh, Maryland
10. Zach Seabolt, Winthrop

Rich Harvest Farms – Sugar Grove, Illinois
Hosted by the Northern Illinois

Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. Cal
2. Illinois
3. USC
4. Alabama-Birmingham
5. UNLV
6. Clemson
7. Kent State [Mid-American Conference] 8. Purdue
9. Mississippi State
10. Cal State Fullerton [Big West Conference] 11. New Mexico State [Western Athletic Conference] 12. Jacksonville State [Ohio Valley Conference] 13. Cleveland State [Horizon League] 14. Saint Peter’s [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference]

Individuals:
1. Niall Platt, Notre Dame
2. Chris O’Neill, Michigan
3. Danny Pizetoski, Richmond
4. Juan Veloza, Towson
5. Rob van de Vin, IUPUI

Eugene Country Club – Eugene, Oregon
Hosted by Oregon

Teams:
1. Stanford [Pac-12 Conference] 2. Houston
3. Oklahoma
4. South Carolina
5. Baylor
6. Liberty [Big South Conference] 7. Oregon
8. Tennessee
9. North Florida
10. East Tennessee State
11. Chattanooga
12. Wichita State [Missouri Valley Conference] 13. Northern Colorado [Big Sky Conference]

Individuals:
1. Cody Blick, San Jose State
2. Kyle Westmoreland, Air Force
3. David Fink, Oregon State
4. Owen Taylor, Sacramento State
5. Byron Meth, Pacific
6. Tyler Torano, Loyola Marymount
7. Cory McElyea, San Francisco
8. Pete Fernandez, California Irvine
9. Alex Franklin, Oregon State
10. Frederick Wedel, Pepperdine

Briggs Ranch Golf Club – San Antonio, Texas
Hosted by UTSA

Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. Georgia
2. Central Florida
3. UCLA
4. Vanderbilt
5. South Florida
6. SMU [American Athletic Conference] 7. Georgia Southern [Southern Conference] 8. Georgia State [Sun Belt Conference] 9. TCU
10. Northwestern
11. College of Charleston [Colonial Conference] 12. VCU [Atlantic 10] 13. Columbia [Ivy Group]

Individuals:
1. Eric Oja, Arizona
2. Grant Forrest, San Diego
3. Grady Brame, Southeastern Louisiana
4. Victor Lange, Louisiana Tech
5. Alex McMahon, Arizona
6. Preston Stanley, Houston Baptist
7. Martin Simonsen, Texas-El Paso
8. Stuart Smallwood, Texas State
9. Peter Kim, Army
10. Peter Ballo, Sacred Heart

Alabama won the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship.  The Crimson Tide defeated Illinois, 4-1 in the final round of match play competition in 2013.  Max Homa of California was the individual medalist. Homa posted a 9-under par 201 in three rounds of stroke play to win by three shots against a group of six players who were tied for second. He was California’s first individual champion. The tournament was held at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Georgia, with Georgia Tech serving as the host.

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