Mountain West Sends Three Men’s Golf Teams and One Individual to 2016 NCAA Regionals
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Three teams and one individual will represent the Mountain West in the 2016 NCAA Men's Golf Regionals, as announced Thursday by the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Committee. This marks the 17th consecutive season the MW has sent at least three teams to NCAA regionals.
UNLV earned the Mountain West’s automatic berth after capturing the Conference championship on April 22-24 at OMNI Tucson National in Tucson, Arizona. The Rebels will be joined in the NCAA field by San Diego State and New Mexico.
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 16-18. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at three regionals while the other three sites will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 27-June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon. The University of Oregon is the host institution for the 2016 NCAA Championship.
UNLV, which is ranked No. 29 in the latest Golfstat rankings and No. 25 according to the GolfWeek rankings, will be the No. 5 seed at the Tuscaloosa Regional, which will be hosted by the University of Alabama and played at Ol’ Colony Golf Complex beginning Monday, May 16. The invitation marks the Rebels’ 28th straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the NCAA record for most consecutive appearances. UNLV is looking to advance to the championship finals for the third time in the last four years.
No. 22/23 San Diego State enters the Albuquerque Regional as the No. 4 seed. Hosted by the University of New Mexico, the regional will be played on the par-72, 7,562-yard UNM Championship Course. This is the 18th consecutive bid to the NCAA Regionals for the Aztecs. San Diego State has qualified for nationals 23 times in program history, including six occasions (1999, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2015) since the regional format made its debut in 1989. The Aztecs claimed the regional crown in 2011 in Tucson, Arizona, and followed that performance with regional runner-up performances in Palo Alto, California, in 2012 and New Haven, Connecticut, in 2015.
No. 39/32 New Mexico is the No. 7 seed and host of the Albuquerque Regional. The Lobos have qualified for their fifth consecutive NCAA Regional and will make their 46th overall trip to the NCAAs in program history. In 2013, New Mexico won the NCAA Auburn Regional, en route to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championship in Alpharetta, Georgia.
The 2016 Mountain West Men’s Golf Individual Champion, Fresno State junior Trevor Clayton, will be one of five individuals to compete in the Albuquerque Regional. As the medalist at the Conference tournament, Clayton received an automatic invitation as an individual. He is one of 45 participants that will be playing as an individual, in addition to 81 qualifying teams.
Clayton led the Bulldogs with a 72.00 scoring average over 33 rounds this season. He picked up his first career win at the MW Championship at OMNI Tucson National Golf Course, carding a 9-under-par 207. He is the first student-athlete to represent Fresno State in NCAA Regional play since Rufie Fessler was selected as an individual in 2013.