Wildcats earn regional bid for 17th consecutive season
TUCSON, Ariz. + The University of Arizona men’s golf team was one of 27 teams selected to participate in the 2005 NCAA West Regional, the NCAA announced Monday. It is the 17th consecutive regional appearance for the Wildcats.
Arizona was seeded sixth in a field of 27 teams for the regional, which takes place May 19-21 at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif. Included in the field are (seed): UNLV (1), New Mexico (2), Auburn (3), Arizona State (4), UCLA (5), Arizona (6), Brigham Young (7), South Carolina (8), USC (9), Washington (10), Louisiana State (11), Pepperdine (12), San Diego State (13), UC Riverside (14), Saint Mary’s, Calif. (15), Stanford (16), Texas-Arlington (17), Colorado State (18), Cal Poly (19), Fresno State (20), Oregon (21), Denver (22), South Alabama (23), Illinois State (24), Sanford (25), Princeton (26) and Central Connecticut State (27).
It marks Arizona’s 19th consecutive NCAA postseason appearance and the program’s 17th straight appearance in the NCAA Regional. Since the NCAA adopted the regional format in 1989, Arizona is one of only six schools nationally to appear in every one.
Currently ranked 18th in the current Bridgestone/GCAA Coaches Poll, Arizona has won one tournament and collected seven top-five finishes in 2004-05. Most recently, the Wildcats finished third at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships, April 25-27, in Walla Walla, Wash.
The top 10 teams and two individuals from each of three NCAA Regionals qualify for the 2005 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, which are scheduled for June 1-4 at Caves Valley Golf Course in Owings Mills, Md.