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Men?s Golf Qualifies for 20th Consecutive NCAA Championship Appearance
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/22/2006
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Wildcats hold the second longest active streak in the nation

 

TUCSON, Ariz. ?- By virtue of its co-championship at the NCAA West Regional, the University of Arizona men’s golf team will make its 20th consecutive appearance at the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships.

 

Saturday’s shootout with Florida, in which both teams posted a regional record 37-under-par 827 and topped the field by 13 strokes, earned the Wildcats a berth in the 2006 NCAA Championships, May 31-June 3, at the Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.  UA was one of 10 teams and two individuals from the West Regional that qualified for the 109th championship event.

 

Arizona’s effort extends an NCAA Championship appearance streak that now reaches two decades and is the second-longest active streak in the nation.  Only Oklahoma State’s string of 60 consecutive appearances (1947-2006) tops Arizona.  No other school in the country has a streak of more than nine.

 

Additionally, Arizona is now one of only six programs in history to make 20 or more consecutive championship appearances since 1939, and one of two with an active streak.  Here is the complete list.

 

School                         No.              Years

Oklahoma State      60*              1947-2006

Houston                36                1952-87

Clemson                    23                1982-2004

Stanford                      22                1950-71

North Texas            21               1947-67

ARIZONA                20*             1987-2006

 

* active

 

Advancing to the NCAA Championships is more challenging now that the regional format has added another level of qualifying for the championship meet.  Since the format was adopted in 1989, only three schools on that list have a streak that includes NCAA regional competition.

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