May 7, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's golf team was selected to participate in the 2012 NCAA Regional, to be held May 17-19 in Norman, Okla.
The Wildcats, seeded 11th in the regional, collected a win and one other top-five finish in nine spring events to advance to the NCAA postseason for the 25th time in the last 26 years.
"I'm happy that we got in," said UA head coach Rick LaRose. "Anytime you get into the postseason, that's a good thing. Now we hope to take advantage of the opportunity and advance."
The 14 teams in the field include (seed): Texas (1); Georgia Tech (2); Washington (3); Florida State (4); host Oklahoma (5); Saint Mary's (6); Illinois (7); Middle Tennessee state (8); South Carolina (9); San Diego (10); Arizona (11); Sacramento State (12); IUPUI (13); and Loyola, Chicago (14). Individuals include Martin Simonsen, UTEP (1); Kevin Lucas, Nevada (2); Mitchell McLeroy, Stephen F. Austin (3); Scott Willman, Nebraska (4); and Alfred Kerstis, UALR (5).
Since the NCAA Regional format was instituted in 1989, Arizona has qualified in 23 of 24 seasons.
The first stop of college golf's postseason, the NCAA Regional is a 54-hole event, which will be contested at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, a par 72, 7,387-yard layout. Eighteen holes of stroke play will be played each day.
Norman is one of six sites to host a regional this year, joining Greensboro, N.C., Athens, Ga., Ann Arbor, Mich., Bowling Green, Ky., and Palo Alto, Calif. The top five finishing teams and one individual from this regional will advance to the 115th NCAA Championships, May 29-June 3, at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
The Wildcats have won the regional six times (1989, '91, '92, '93, 2000, '06) in its history.