Snyman Earns Bid To Norman Regional
UNT Junior Earns Chance To Play For National Title
INDIANAPOLIS - Ian Snyman will represent the Mean Green men’s golf program at the NCAA tournament, as he was selected Wednesday to compete as one of five individuals at the Norman Regional in Norman, Oklahoma. The tournament will be played at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club May 14-16.
Snyman, a junior from Bellville, South Africa, who is in his final year of eligibility because he was a semester late starting school as an international student, led the way for a UNT program this year that was consistently the top-ranked Conference USA team in the GolfStat national poll.
Snyman is currently ranked No. 64 in the country, while the Mean Green are currently ranked No. 65.
Earlier Wednesday, Snyman was named the Conference USA Golfer of the Year and selected as first-team all-conference after finishing the season with a 71.66 scoring average. He finished tied for second at the C-USA championship.
“He's a great ball striker,” UNT coach Brad Stracke said. “He's great around the greens and he's an excellent putter. He was the top five in the country this year in overall putting and overall short game, according to GolfStat. That's the type of player you're looking for. He doesn't have a weakness in his game."
Last year, Snyman finished two shots shy of qualifying for the NCAA finals when he made a late charge to finish tied for 15th at the Austin regional. The Norman Regional will include teams from Oklahoma, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida State, North Florida, Pepperdine, BYU, Virginia, San Diego State, Nevada, Sam Houston State, Missouri-Kansas City, Navy and Prairie View A&M. There will be five individuals, including Snyman. The top individual finisher not on one of the five qualifying teams will advance to the NCAA finals in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on May 25-30. The other four individuals bids to Norman with Snyman are: SMU freshman McClure Meissner (ranked No. 117); Southern Illinois junior Peyton Wilhoit (No. 166), Denver senior Chris Korte (No. 185) and Arkansas State senior Tanner Napier (No. 198).
The regional bid for Snyman marks the third of his UNT career, and he will now have a chance to finish his career on a high note.
"Ian is a complete player and a complete person,” Stracke said. “He's great on and off the course, and to have a person who works as hard as him and does the right thing every day he's here, it makes you feel good that he's going to be rewarded by going to the regionals. He has a great opportunity to make it to the NCAA finals and show what he can do against the best in the country."