May 2, 2018
Charlottesville, Va. – For the 11th consecutive year the Virginia men’s golf team has received a bid to the NCAA Regional Championships. The Cavaliers were awarded the number No. 8 seed among 14 teams at the regional championship site in Norman, Okla. The tournament is hosted by Oklahoma.
A total of 81 teams are competing at six regional sites May 14-16 with the top five teams and top individual (not qualifying with a team) advancing to the NCAA Championships set for May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.
The regional berth marks the 22nd time since 1990 the Cavaliers have competed in postseason play. Virginia is looking to advance to the NCAA Championships for the 17th time in its history. Last year, the Cavaliers were fourth at a regional site in Baton Rouge, La., and went on to finish a program-best 10th at the NCAA Championships.
“This is an exciting time of the year and given our play this spring and especially at ACCs we have a lot to look forward to,” said UVA coach Bowen Sargent. “To play on the defending national champion’s home course will be quite an honor and one that we’re excited to take on the challenge.”
The field for the Norman regional includes (listed by seed): 1. Oklahoma, 2. Auburn, 3. Arkansas, 4. Florida State, 5. North Florida, 6. Pepperdine, 7. BYU, 8. Virginia, 9. San Diego State, 10. Nevada, 11. Sam Houston State, 12. Missouri-Kansas City, 13. Navy, 14. Prairie View A&M.
Virginia is one of nine ACC schools participating in this year’s championship. The other ACC participants are: Clemson (Bryan), Duke (Raleigh), Florida State (Norman), Georgia Tech (Raleigh), Louisville (Columbus), NC State (Raleigh), North Carolina (Kissimmee), and Wake Forest (Columbus).
The Cavaliers enter the postseason ranked No. 48 by Golfstat and No. 53 by Golfweek. Junior Thomas Walsh (High Point, N.C.), the 2018 ACC Individual Champion, is UVA’s highest ranked player. He is No. 58 in the Golfstat poll and No. 74 in the Golfweek standings. He enters the postseason with a 70.65 stroke average.
NCAA Regional Sites and Field
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
The Raleigh Regional will be played at Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, N.C. NC State will serve as the host institution.
Participating Schools: 1. Georgia Tech, 2. California, 3. Texas, 4. Arizona State, 5. Duke, 6. NC State, 7. Liberty, 8. Missouri, 9. Santa Clara, 10. Campbell, 11. Middle Tennessee State, 12. Augusta, 13. Davidson, 14. Iona
The Bryan Regional will be played at Traditions Club in Bryan Texas Texas A&M will serve as the host institution.
Participating Schools: 1. Texas A&M, 2. Baylor, 3. Clemson, 4. Kentucky, 5. UCLA, 6. Ole Miss, 7. South Carolina, 8. San Francisco, 9. Georgia, 10. Mississippi State, 11. UNC Wilmington, 12. Northern Colorado, 13. Bradley
The Columbus Regional will be played at Scarlet Course/OSU Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State will serve as the host institution.
Participating Schools: 1. Oklahoma State, 2. Illinois, 3. Texas Tech, 4. UNLV, 5. Wake Forest, 6. Northwestern, 7. Penn State, 8. Tennessee, 9. Louisville, 10. Jacksonville, 11. Michigan State, 12. Yale, 13. Cleveland State
The Columbus Regional will be played at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Fla. Central Florida will serve as the host institution.
Participating Schools: 1. Vanderbilt, 2. Florida, 3. North Carolina, 4. South Florida, 5. Kent State, 6. Arizona, 7. Purdue, 8. Colorado State, 9. St. Mary’s (Calif.), 10. UCF, 11. Coastal Carolina, 12. Jacksonville State, 13. Georgetown, 14. Central Connecticut State
The Columbus Regional will be played at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, Norman, Okla. Oklahoma will serve as the host institution.
Participating Schools: 1. Oklahoma, 2. Auburn, 3. Arkansas, 4. Florida State, 5. North Florida, 6. Pepperdine, 7. BYU, 8. Virginia, 9. San Diego State, 10. Nevada, 11. Sam Houston State, 12. Missouri-Kansas City, 13. Navy, 14. Prairie View A&M
The Columbus Regional will be played at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton, Calif. Pacific will serve as the host institution.
Participating Schools: 1. LSU, 2. Alabama, 3. Stanford, 4. USC, 5. Oregon, 6. TCU, 7. Colorado, 8. Kansas, 9. Kennesaw State, 10. Iowa State, 11. UNC Greensboro, 12. UC Irvine, 13. North Dakota State