Mountain West Sends Three Men's Golf Teams and One Individual to NCAA Regionals
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Three teams and one individual will represent the Mountain West in the 2015 NCAA Men's Golf Regionals, as announced Monday by the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Committee. This marks the 16th consecutive season the MW has sent at least three teams to NCAA regionals.
San Diego State earned the Mountain West's automatic berth after capturing the Conference championship this past weekend on the Catalina Course at OMNI Tucson National in Tucson, Arizona. The Aztecs will be joined in the NCAA field by New Mexico and UNLV.
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 14-16. 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.
The finals will be conducted May 29-June 3 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida. South Florida is the host institution for the 2015 championships.
San Diego State, which is ranked No. 33 in the latest Golfstat rankings and No. 34 according to the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings, enters the New Haven Regional as the No. 6 seed. Hosted by Yale University, the regional will be played on the par-70, 6,803-yard at The Course at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut. This is the 17th consecutive bid to the NCAA Regionals for the Aztecs, including every season under the direction of 12th-year head coach Ryan Donovan. San Diego State has qualified for nationals 27 times in program history, including six occasions (1999, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2012) since the regional format made its debut. The Aztecs claimed the regional crown in 2011 in Tucson, Arizona, and followed up with a regional runner-up performance in Palo Alto, California, in 2012.
No. 32/24 UNLV will be the No. 6 seed at the Noblesville Regional, which will be hosted by Ball State University and played at The Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Indiana, beginning Thursday, May 14. The course is a par-72, 7,173-yard Jack Nicklaus design. The invitation marks Rebel's 27th straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the NCAA record for most consecutive appearances. The Rebels are looking to advance to the championship finals for the second time in the last three years after joining New Mexico in the match play portion of the 2013 event.
No. 22/23 New Mexico will be the No. 4 seed at the Rancho Santa Fe Regional hosted by the University of San Diego at The Farms Golf Club, a par-72, 6,947-yard course in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The Lobos qualified for their fourth consecutive NCAA Regional and will make their 45th 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.
Individually, San José State junior Cody Blick will make his third straight postseason appearance as an individual. Blick will compete in the Rancho Santa Fe Regional as the top-seeded individual. He has six top-10 finishes to his credit this season, including four in the top five and two medalist honors. He enters the postseason at No. 56 in the GolfStat national rankings and 49th according to GolfWeek/Sagarin. In 2014, Blick finished tied for 39th place at the NCAA Regional Championship held at the Eugene Country Club. As a freshman, he finished tied for 50th at the NCAA Regional in Tempe, Arizona.
Golf Channel will provide highlights from regional play leading up to coverage of the 2015 NCAA Men's Golf Championship.