Men's Golf Begins NCAA Tucson Regional Monday
North Texas Earned Second At-Large Bid With No. 62 Ranking
The North Texas men's golf team begins round one Monday morning at the NCAA Tucson Regional held at the Gallery Golf Club.
Round one pairings
DENTON -- For the second-straight season and the sixth all-time in program history, the North Texas men’s golf team will make an NCAA Regional appearance when the Mean Green compete at the NCAA Tucson Regional at Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Ariz., starting Monday at 10:15 a.m. central time.
The Mean Green has been to the NCAA tournament 36 times but hasn’t broke through to the NCAA finals since the modern era. Last season, North Texas was seventh after two rounds and came up short finishing ninth at the New Haven Regional.
“We were so close last year and the team is really excited to get another shot at advancing to the finals,” junior Cory Churchman said. “We knew that we were No. 62 in the rankings and had a good feelings it would get us an at-large bid”
North Texas is coming off a third-place finish at the Conference USA championships and a semifinal loss to eventual match play champion LA Tech, who will be joining the Mean Green in Tucson.
The Mean Green lineup will feature freshmen Thomas Rosenmueller, Ian Snyman, Churchman, sophomore Michael Cotton and junior Nick Rodriguez.
“We have a chance to do something that hasn’t been done in a long time at North Texas,” Churchman said. We are one of the longer teams playing at this regional and we believe it will work into our favor with the course setup.”
The regional includes five teams ranked in the top 30 by both GolfStat and Golfweek. The 14 teams that will make-up the regional include (in order of seed): Stanford, Wake Forest, Cal, Oregon, North Carolina, North Florida, UAB, Georgia Tech, St Mary’s (CA), Georgia State, North Texas, Louisiana Tech, UC Riverside and Siena.
Live scoring of the entire 54-hole tournament will be available at Golfstat.com and on the Golfstat mobile app.
The Mean Green will be hoping to finish among the top five teams to advance to the NCAA Championship May 27-June 1, in Eugene, Ore., at Eugene Country Club.
“We have confidence in ourselves and know that if we play to our capabilities we will have a great chance to move forward to the finals,” said Churchman.