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The University of Louisville men’s golf team has been selected as the No. 9 seed in the NCAA Auburn (Ala.) Regional, which will be played May 15-17 at the Auburn University Club, the NCAA Men’s Golf Selection Committee announced.
The Cardinals are in an NCAA regional for the seventh time in school history, and are making their first appearance as a team since 2009. They are part of a regional field that includes 13 teams and 10 individuals.
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 15-17. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals while the other three regionals 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 finals.
In all, 81 teams and 45 individuals are completing for spots in the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, which Wichita State is hosting May 23-28 at the Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas. The other five regional sites are being held in in Columbia, Mo., (Missouri), Raleigh, N.C., (NC State), Sugar Grove, Ill. (Northern Illinois), Eugene, Ore. (Oregon), and San Antonio, Texas (Texas-San Antonio).
The Auburn Regional will play host to eight teams ranked among the nation’s top 50, including, in order of seed, No. 1 Alabama, No. 12 Virginia Tech, No. 13 Texas, No. 23 Auburn (host), No. 25 New Mexico, No. 36 BYU, No. 37 Kennesaw State and No. 48 Colorado. Louisville enters the tournament ranked No. 49.
“We are very excited to get back in the NCAA Championship and looking forward to going to Auburn,” head coach Mark Crabtree said. “The guys are peaking at the right time of the season. We are playing our best golf at the end of the season, so we are anxious to get back on the course at Auburn. I’m really proud of this young team and looking forward to compete in this difficult regional.”
The Cardinals head into the post-season after finishing fifth at the tough American Athletic Conference Championship and a pair of third-place finishes at the Mason Rudolph Invitational and the Seahawk Intercollegiate.
Other AAC teams in the field consist conference champion SMU, UCF, Houston, Memphis, and South Florida. Each regional is a 54-hole, stroke-play event with 13 teams and 10 individuals, or 14 teams and five individuals, competing. The top five teams after 54 holes and one individual not on those teams in each regional advance to the NCAA finals.
The Cardinals have advanced to two NCAA Championships in their history, 2008 in West Lafayette, Ind., and 2007 in Williamsburg, Va.
(From U of L Athletics)