INDIANAPOLIS — Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team will begin its quest for the 11th NCAA title in program history when it competes at the Yale Regional in New Haven, Connecticut. The Cowboys learned their regional destination with today’s announcement of the championship field by the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee.
Contested at The Course at Yale, the regional will feature 14 teams and will take place May 14-16. The Cowboys, who claimed their 10th regional title last year, will be the No. 4 seed. Vanderbilt will be the top seed, while LSU will enter as the No. 2 seed and South Florida will be seeded third. Arkansas rounds out the top five.
In total, six regionals will be conducted with three regionals featuring 13 teams and 10 individuals. The other three regionals will consist of 14 teams and five individuals. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
This year’s championship final will be conducted May 29-June 3 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
The University of Oklahoma is the No. 3 seed in the NCAA San Diego Regional. The tournament will be played May 14-16 at The Farms Golf Club in San Diego, Calif.
The Sooners, ranked No. 14 nationally by Golfstat, will make their fifth straight regional appearance under sixth-year OU head coach Ryan Hybl and 43rd postseason appearance in school history.
The 13-team, 54-hole tournament, hosted by the University of San Diego, 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, slated for May 29-June 3 at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
"The San Diego Regional looks like a strong field, and we are going to have to play great to get the job done," Hybl said. "We travel all over the country all year long, and one of the reasons why is to have our guys comfortable in every part of the country and on different grasses. This will be a great test for us, and I know our guys will be excited to go to California."
NCAA regionals will also be held in Bremerton, Wash.; New Haven, Conn.; Lubbock, Texas; Noblesville, Ind.; and Chapel Hill, N.C. A total of 81 teams and 45 individuals were chosen for regionals.
Other Big 12 teams who qualified for a regional are Texas (No. 1 seed, Lubbock), Texas Tech (No. 2 seed, Lubbock), Baylor (No. 4 seed, Bremerton), Oklahoma State (No. 4 seed, New Haven), TCU (No. 6 seed, Bremerton) and Iowa State (No. 7 seed, Bremerton).
Last season, the Sooners advanced to the NCAA Championships finals for the fourth straight year and the 35th time overall by finishing third in the Eugene Regional in Eugene, Ore. At the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., OU tied for 16th place.
NCAA San Diego Regional Field (Golfstat Ranking):1. Arizona State (3)
2. Georgia Tech (10)
3. Oklahoma (14)
4. New Mexico (22)
5. Virginia (27)
6. Georgia (34)
7. East Tennessee State (39)
8. Mississippi (47)
9. San Diego (55)
10. Idaho (59)
11. St. Mary’s, California (65)
12. Wichita State (98)
13. Eastern Kentucky (150)
University of Tulsa senior golfer Matt Mabrey was selected to participate as an individual in the Lubbock Regional while the Hurricane team was left out.
The tournament field includes 13 teams and eight other individual competitors. The low five teams and low individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championship.
Mabrey is averaging 71.4 strokes-per-round this spring and has placed in the top-20 in seven tournaments this season and never finished worse than 31st. He won individual medalist honors at the UALR/First Tee Collegiate Classic, March 30-31, with a three-round total of 210.