Men's Golf Gets 6th Seed at UT Golf Club for NCAA Regionals May 14-16
May 4, 2009
BERKELEY - Denied a chance to play closer to home at the Lake Merced regional, California will head to The University of Texas Golf Club as the 6th seed in the NCAA Regionals, where it will compete May 14-16 on a course it has never before played. A top-5 finish would qualify the Golden Bears for the NCAA Championships the final weekend of May at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.
The par-71, 7,412-yard course is unknown to the Bears, but Cal Head Coach Steve Desimone said its dimension indicate 'it'll be a very stern test.'
'It's disappointing that we're not going to play close to home but we're excited to be in the field,' Coach Desimone said of the 13-team draw in Austin. 'We're the 6th seed. Five teams will emerge [from Texas] to head to the NCAA Championship. We have one shot, so let's go play and see if we can push it over top.'
Cal will be competing against a mixture of traditional rivals like Stanford, previously faced competition such as UNLV, and a few teams it has not faced recently, including Florida, host Texas and Texas Tech.
The Bears' lineup could be determined by end of Wednesday. Overall the physical health of the squad is 'pretty good,' said Desimone, with senior Kent Yamane's back a question mark.
The regional format spans 54 holes of competition over three days, with one round per day. Teams get one practice round on Wed., May 13, before the tournament starts the next morning.
The Bears are currently ranked No. 32 by Golfweek and Golfstat in their rankings released May 3-4.
Six regional competitions will determine the 30 qualifying teams and six individuals not on those qualifying teams who will advance to the finals.
Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals, while the other three regionals will have fourteen teams and five individuals not on those teams.
'We've got to balance school and golf with finals being right in the middle of the regional, trying to stay as sharp as we can while guys are taking care of papers and exams,' Desimone said.
Admission and parking are both free at the event. Live scoring will be available at Golfstat.com.
'We've had a good year and oftentimes what makes the difference between a good year and a great year in making it out of a regional to the NCAA Championship,' said Desimone. 'This is what we've point toward all season, we're here and we'll be as ready as we can to make a go of it.'
2009 NCAA Regional
University of Texas Golf Club
Hosted by the University of Texas
Teams (seeded in the following order):
3. Texas Tech
7. Lamar (Southland Conference)
10. Virginia Tech
11. Mississippi State
12. New Mexico State (Western Athletic Conference)
13. Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
1. Glenn Northcutt, Auburn
2. Ken Looper, New Orleans
3. Cole Moreland, Auburn
4. Adam Cornelson, New Orleans
5. Cedric Scotto, Southeastern Louisiana
6. Jeff Gerlich, Texas State
7. Matthew Carvell, Southeastern Louisiana
8. Corey Roberson, Texas State
9. Fergal Rafferty, Sam Houston
10. Gonzalo Berlin, Jacksonville State