OSU, TU ready for tough regional at The Blessings, OU heads south

Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team will be in search of the 66th NCAA Championship appearance in the 67-year history of the program this week when it begins NCAA Regional play on Thursday at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Cowboys will be the No. 3 seed in the regional and will begin play at 8:00 a.m. (CST) at the par-72, 7,251-yard layout. OSU will be grouped with top-seeded Texas and No. 2 seed Arkansas.

The Blessings will likely play at just under 7,300 yards for the regional. The course, which opened in 2004, was designed by Robert Trent Jones II at the behest of Tyson Foods magnate John Tyson, whose goal was a course that could test the mettle of any level of golfer on any shot. He succeeded so much that the course was originally given a slope rating of 155, the maximum allowable by the United States Golf Association, from every tee box. The USGA later downgraded the slope a few points from various tee boxes.

The course has been softened considerably since its opening resulting in a steady gain of membership, but it will still be all the challenge the collegiate field could want.

The 54-hole event will also feature 18 holes on Friday and Saturday. The top five teams and top individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championship, which will be conducted May 28-June 2, at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Georgia. Live scoring for the regional will be available at golfstat.com.

OSU In Regional Play
OSU has won nine regional titles dating back to 1989. That year, the three-regional system was implemented and used until 2008. During that time, the Cowboys competed in the Central Regional every year, winning titles in 1989, 1990, 1997, 2002, 2003 and 2006.

Four years ago marked the first time a six-regional format was used. OSU hosted the South Central Regional and won its seventh regional title that year. In 2010, the Cowboys took the top spot at the Southeast Regional and OSU won the Colorado Regional in 2011.

Nine times a Cowboy has claimed medalist honors at the event with Kevin Tway winning in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Kevin Wentworth (1989, 1990), Alan Bratton (1995), Bo Van Pelt (1997), Jonathan Moore (2006) and Peter Uihlein (2010) have also been regional medalists.

Regional Rewind … 2012 Ann Arbor Regional
Oklahoma State saw its record string of 65-straight NCAA Championship appearances come to an end after the Cowboys finished eighth at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional held at the University of Michigan Golf Course. The Cowboys carded a 6-over 290 to finish at 11-over 863 at the par-71, 6,723-yard layout. OSU finished 14 shots out of the fifth and final qualifying spot held by TCU.

OSU had made the championship every year since the program’s inception in 1947. The longest current string is now 12 years in a row held by Florida.

North Carolina State’s Albin Choi fired a 3-under 68 to finish at 10-under 203 and three shots clear of the field in the individual race. Patrick Winther logged a top 10 for the Cowboys, tying for seventh place at 208 after closing with a 72. Talor Gooch posted the squad’s low round of the day with a 71 to finish at 216 and tied for 31st place. Sean Einhaus tied for 38th at 220 after finishing with a 75, while sophomore Ian Davis’ 72 put him at 223 and tied for 49th place. Tanner Kesterson’s 76 tied him for 56th place at 225.

Cowboys In Postseason Play
Three of OSU’s five starters this week have seen action in regional play with two of those players having top-10 finishes to their credit. Talor Gooch notched a third-place finish as a freshman while helping the Cowboys to their most recent regional title in 2011.

Last year, Gooch tied for 31st place at the Ann Arbor Regional. Patrick Winther made his first career regional start last year and tied for seventh place. Winther’s tournament included a 66 during his second round. Ian Davis also made his regional debut last year and tied for 49th place.

Tulsa makes 23rd regional appearance under Brogden

The University of Tulsa men’s golf team will be making its 23rd appearance in 25 years of NCAA Regional competition under coach Bill Brogden. The Hurricane will compete at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional, May 16-18, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The tournament will be held at The Blessings Golf Club and plays 7,527 yards from the back tees with a par of 72. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., ASGCA and opened in 2004.

Tulsa has advanced to regional play in all but two seasons (1993, 2008) since the regional format was instituted in 1989.

Thirteen teams and ten individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regional tournaments, while the other three regional events will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA Finals.

Tulsa will be competing against Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, SMU, Kent State, Illinois, Liberty, Kentucky, Colorado, Indiana, UNC-Wilmington, UMKC and Alabama State for one of the five spots that advances to the NCAA Finals.

The finals will be conducted May 28-June 2, at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Sooners off to Tallahassee Regional

NORMAN, Okla. — The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee selected the University of Oklahoma men’s golf team on Monday night as one of the 13 teams that will compete in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional. The tournament will be played May 16-18 at the 6,965-yard, par-72 Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla. 
Ranked 25th nationally, the Sooners will be the regional’s No. 5 seed and will be making their third straight NCAA Regional appearance. The NCAA berth marks the 41st postseason appearance for OU.

"We are looking forward to going down to Florida," fourth-year OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. "On paper, it looks like a very tough spot for us. But our guys knew that we will have to play well no matter where we ended up."

The 54-hole tournament, one of six NCAA Regionals, will feature 18 holes each day and serve as a preliminary round for the NCAA Championship finals. The low five teams and the low individual not on those five teams will advance to the finals, slated for May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga.

Hybl’s squad is coming off a third-place finish at the Big 12 Championship in Hutchinson, Kan., its highest conference showing since winning in 2006.

Last season, the Sooners advanced to the NCAA Championships finals for the second straight year and the 33rd time overall by finishing fifth at the NCAA Regional in Norman, Okla. Michael Gellerman was the team’s top finisher in the event, placing fifth.

OU then finished 11th at the national tournament in Pacific Palisades, Calif., the program’s best showing since placing ninth 1993. Will Kropp tied for ninth place en route to earning All-America honors.

The NCAA Tallahassee Regional Field (Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking):
1. Washington (6)
2. Georgia Tech (9)
3. Florida State (12)
4. North Florida (18)
5. Oklahoma (25)
6. Wake Forest (40)
7. North Carolina State (51)
8. Oregon (44)
9. Oregon State (53)
10. Iowa (54)
11. South Florida (65)
12. San Diego (64)
13. Loyola Maryland

Individuals:
1. Sean Bosdosh, Maryland
2. J.T. Poston, Western Carolina
3. Maverick Antcliff, Augusta State
4. Richard Fountain, Davidson
5. Ryan Fricker, Bethune-Cookman
6. Trey Rule, Mercer
7. Daniel Walker, Richmond
8. Edward Figueroa, Florida Gulf Coast
9. Alex Wennstam, Augusta State
10. Hans Reimers, Mercer

 

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