Brief: Men’s golf earns spot in NCAA Regionals

Brief: Men’s golf earns spot in NCAA Regionals

Brief: Men’s golf earns spot in NCAA Regionals
May 05
12:49 2016

Austin Jackson | Staff Writer

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The postseason dreams of North Texas men’s golf are still alive.

The NCAA announced Thursday that the No. 62 Mean Green are the No. 11 seed in the NCAA-Tucson Regional. The Mean Green got the nod as one of 41 non-automatic qualifying teams to play in the tournament.

NCAA Regional play takes place May 16-18 in six different locations. In Tucson, the Mean Green enter a West Region loaded with elite programs and Conference-USA foes.

The field boasts five top-25 ranked programs and the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, Stanford University. The Mean Green will essentially be revisiting last week’s C-USA semifinal field, as the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Louisiana Tech University each were placed in the region.

La. Tech, despite entering the regionals as C-USA champs, was seeded at No. 12behind the two teams they outdueled in match play, No. 7 UAB and No. 11 North Texas.

The Mean Green will need to separate themselves as one of the top five teams in the region to advance as one of 30 teams vying for a national title at the NCAA Championships May 27-June 1 in Eugene, Oregon. North Texas has finished in the top five nine times this year and hasn’t finished worse than fourth since the second tournament of the spring.

The Mean Green will take three 2016 All-Conference players to the regional, including recently crowned 2016 C-USA Freshman of the Year Ian Snyman. Snyman joins professional golfer Rodolfo Cazaubon as one of the only North Texas golfers to receive the honor. Snyman’s season stroke average was only outdone by another North Texas freshman, Thomas Rosenmueller, who was named Second Team All-Conference alongside junior Cory Churchman.

It marks the fifth NCAA regional appearance under head coach Brad Stracke and the 35th all-time in program history. This year, Stracke will look to advance the program to the NCAA Championships for the first time in his career.

NCAA Tournament coverage can be found on golfstat.com with TV coverage for the Championships May 30-June 1.

Update: The story has been updated to show the Golf Channel will be airing coverage May 30-June 1 rather than May 16-18. 

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