INDIANAPOLIS (April 22, 2016) – In its first season of eligibility to do so, Oklahoma Christian’s men’s golf team is headed to the NCAA Division II postseason.
The NCAA announced Friday that OC is one of 10 teams from the South Central Region chosen to compete in the Division II West Super Regional, to be played May 2-4 at University Golf Course in Las Cruces, N.M.
Ten teams from the West Region will join the 10 South Central Region teams, along with four individuals from each region, in the tournament. The top five teams in each of four Super Regionals will advance to the NCAA Division II Championship, set for May 17-21 at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club.
"To qualify for the NCAA postseason is something we have been working toward since the day Oklahoma Christian was accepted into the NCAA membership process," OC coach David Lynn said. "We are excited and looking forward to competing for a chance to advance to the finals.
"At this time, we are reminded and very thankful for all of the hard work and sacrifice of our athletic administration to make this day possible."
OC will enter the Super Regional as the No. 5 team from the South Central Region. The Eagles had been at No. 4 in the regional rankings for three weeks before placing third earlier this week in the Heartland Conference Championship at Apple Rock Golf Course in Horseshoe Bay, Texas.
The 10 South Central teams in the field will be Colorado-Colorado Springs, Colorado Christian, Western New Mexico, Dallas Baptist (Texas), OC, St. Mary’s (Texas), Cameron, St. Edward’s (Texas), Midwestern State (Texas) and Regis (Colo.).
They will be joined by West Region squads Chico State (Calif.), California State-Monterey Bay, Simon Fraser (British Columbia), Sonoma State (Calif.), Brigham Young-Hawaii, California Baptist, Dominican (Calif.), Dixie State (Utah), Western Washington and California State-East Bay.
OC played on the University Golf Course in Las Cruces in the Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate last September, placing 14th out of 24 teams. OC sophomore Zac Schaefer finished seventh individually in that event.
The Eagles have a history of successful postseason events, having finished in the top four of either the NAIA or National Christian College Athletic Association national tournaments for each of the past 16 academic years.