Hoosiers Sent to NCAA Central Regional
May 10, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - For the sixth time in the last seven seasons, the IU Men's Golf team has qualified for the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers are headed to the Central Regional in Notre Dame, Ind., hosted by the University of Notre Dame at The Warren Golf Course (May 20-22).
"We're thrilled to be going to the NCAA post-season play for the sixth time out of the last seven years," said Head Coach Mike Mayer. "And more than that, we are happy to be staying home in Indiana. It's a golf course that we think fits us very, very well. It's a golf course that we're familiar with."
Indiana has now had a presence in the NCAAs for eight straight years with Jorge Campillo and Jeff Overton each qualifying as individuals in 2007 and 2003, respectively.
The Hoosiers are part of a 14-team field tabbed for the Central Regional which includes, in order of seeds (national ranking in parenthesis): Stanford (3), Florida (6), Florida State (19), Duke (24), LSU (30), North Carolina State (40), Iowa (48), Michigan (49), Northwestern (50), Indiana (66), Virginia Tech (61), Murray State (124), Detroit (143) and St. Francis (PA) (261).
"I'm excited we're headed to Notre Dame," said senior captain Alex Martin. "Now people in Indiana, family and friends can come out and support us."
The top-five teams at each of the six Regionals will advance to the NCAA Finals on June 1-6 in Chattanooga, Tenn., on The Honors Course. Indiana has tallied five top-five finishes this season, including a pair of team titles at The Renaissance Intercollegiate and adidas Hoosier Invitational. In addition, the top individual not on a team in the top-five will also advance to the Finals.
"We are all going to have to be on our `A' games to advance," said Martin. "Besides the home tournament, we haven't all clicked at the same tournament yet. That's what we need to do to get out, and I think we have the potential and firepower to do that."
Indiana, as the No. 10-seed, will be paired with the 11th-seeded Hokies of Virginia Tech and 12th-seeded Murray State for a 9:10 a.m. tee time (May 20), beginning on the 10th tee. For day two, the pairings remain the same as the trio is set for an 8:50 a.m. tee time, going off the back nine once again. Pairings and tee times for the final round on Saturday will be based on results from the opening two rounds.
The Hoosiers last trip to the NCAA Finals came just two years ago during the 2007-08 season. Led by Campillo and his national runner-up performance, the Cream and Crimson came in at 21st first place.
The Warren Golf Course will play as a 7,020-yard, par-70. Click here for more information on the course.
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