Trio Of NT Golfers Begin NCAA Run
Snyman, Churchman, Rosenmueller Tee Off In Austin Monday
AUSTIN - North Texas men's golf and postseason NCAA tournaments are becoming old friends.
For the sixth time in the last seven years and the 36th time in program history, the Mean Green will be represented in the NCAA tournament when the 2017 Division I Men's Golf Championship tees off Monday with a 54-hole regional tournament hosted by the University of Texas.
This year, the Mean Green are represented by Ian Snyman, Cory Churchman and Thomas Rosenmueller, who qualified as individuals after the team lost in the Conference USA match play semifinals last month.
This is the first time under eighth-year coach Brad Stracke that three NT golfers have qualified individually for the NCAA tournament. In 2011, Stracke had two players - Carlos Ortiz and Rodolfo Cazaubon - make it to postseason as individuals. Neither advanced to the finals that year. Cazaubon reached the finals in 2013 where he tied for 32nd place.
The year's regional tournament will be played at the 7,412 yard, par 71 University of Texas Golf Club in Austin.
"This course will allow for some good scores as long as the weather cooperates," Stracke said. "Any of these three guys has the chance to make a run, but they will have to play some of their best golf of the year and they have to avoid mistakes that will take them out of it. This time of year, the only players left are really good and any mistake can be costly."
Churchman will be making his third NCAA appearance in as many years. He played as a member of the Conference USA championship team that qualified in 2015 and finished 58th in the regional. Last year, he led the Mean Green by finishing tied for 33rd overall, but couldn't advance to the finals. Snyman and Rossenmueller also played on last year's NCAA team, finishing 44th and 54th, respectively.
Snyman has posted the best stroke average this season at 73.35, followed by Churchman and Rosenmueller tied at 73.45. Churchman and Rosenmueller are coming off their best rounds of the year at the Conference USA championship, when each carded a 68. Snyman has the team low round for the year with a 67 at the Valspar Collegiate in March.
In order for any of the three Mean Green players to advance to the finals, they will have to finish with the best score among all the players who are not on the top five teams that advance out of the regional. The top five teams and the next best individual not on those teams from each of the six regions will move on to play in the finals at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill, May 26-31. There are four top-25 teams in the Austin regional, led by No. 3 Oklahoma State.
Follow live scoring of the Austin regional at GolfStat.com.