Men's Golf Earns Ticket to NCAA Regionals
BOULDER - The University of Colorado men's golf team has received a bid to the 109th Annual NCAA Championships and will travel to Cleveland for regional action May 18-20 at Sand Ridge Golf Club.
The Buffaloes received the 19th seed in the Central Region. CU was the fourth-ranked team from its district, and will be paired with Missouri and Nebraska, two Big 12 rivals, in the first two rounds.
It's the 24th time the Buffaloes have been invited to the NCAA Championships, the 13th time in 18 years since the creation of regional play. After a one-year team hiatus a year ago, the Buffs make a return appearance as a team for the first time in two years.
"It's good for us to be moving in the right direction," said senior Kenny Coakley. "We missed out barely last year on going to regionals, it's nice that Ed (McGlasson) and I as seniors get a chance to go back and go to nationals. It's always a good thing to be honored with a regional bid."
This will mark the third NCAA Championship for McGlasson, a senior. He played as a part of the CU team in 2004, and earned an individual berth in 2005. Coakley is the only other Buffalo with an NCAA appearance, playing in 2004 in West Lafayette, Ind., where the Buffs finished 18th in the regional.
"It's important to have experience in the postseason," said Coakley. "The courses are setup so much more difficult so it's that more important to help the younger guys know what to work on and help them with the whole atmosphere. It's good to have that leadership at this point."
The NCAA Finals will take place May 31-June 3 at the Crosswater Golf Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore., and will be hosted by the University of Portland.
The top 10 teams will advance to the finals, along with the top two individuals not on any of the teams qualifying to move on.
NCAA Division I Men's Golf Central Regional Field
Teams (listed by seed): 1. Oklahoma State; 2. Georgia Tech (Atlantic Coast); 3. Texas A&M; 4. Clemson; 5. Duke; 6. Texas; 7. Kentucky; 8. Tulsa; 9. Northwestern (Big Ten); 10. Minnesota; 11. Lamar (Southland); 12. Kent State (MAC); 13. Oklahoma (Big 12); 14. TCU; 15. Purdue; 16. SMU (Conference USA); 17. Xavier; 18. Texas-Arlington; 19. COLORADO; 20. Missouri; 21. Nebraska; 22. Kansas State; 23. Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley); 24. Cleveland State (Horizon League); 25. Siena (Metro Atlantic Athletic); 26. Princeton (Ivy Group); 27. St. Francis (Pa.) (Northeast).
CU History In The NCAA Regionals
Year Location Finish Score
1989 McKinney, Texas 3rd/18 312-293-297?-902
1990 Columbus, Ohio 15th/21 306-297-316?-919
1991 Bartlesville, Okla. 16th/21 300-291-308?-899
1992 McKinney, Texas t-11th/21 307-301-294?-908
1993 Columbus, Ohio 18th/21 314-302-301?-917
1994 Oklahoma City, Okla. 2nd/21 285-288-280?-853
1995 Montgomery, Texas 16th/21 292-306-299?-897
1999 Columbus, Ohio 10th/21 300-307-290?-897
2000 Victoria, Texas t-18th/27 299-301-281?-881
2001 Stillwater, Okla. 17th/27 298-300-300?-898
2002 Little Rock, Ark. 10th/27 294-293-299?-886
2004 West Lafayette, Ind. 18th/27 304-307-322--933