Rebels Headed To Greensboro For NCAA Regional

May 7, 2012


The No. 7 UNLV men's golf team has been awarded the No. 2 seed at the NCAA’s Greensboro Regional, which will be played at Grandover Resort (East Course) in Greensboro, N.C., beginning Thursday, May 17, the NCAA announced Monday.

The invitation marks UNLV's 24th straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the NCAA record for most consecutive appearances.

Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 17-19. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals, while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals to make up the 30 qualifying teams and six individuals not on those teams that will compete for the NCAA title.

The other five regional sites are the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga., The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Ky., University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich., Jimmy Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla., and Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif.

The 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship finals will be conducted May 29-June 3 at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Ca. The University of Southern California is the host institution for this year’s championship.

In its last outing, UNLV finished tied for third at the Mountain West Championship, which was held this past weekend in Tucson, Ariz. On the season, UNLV has won five team titles and has recorded two second-place finishes in 11 events. The five team wins rank second in program history (also won five tournaments in 1998-99). The Rebels have also had four individuals win tournament crowns this year: Senior Derek Ernst won the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, sophomore Blake Biddle won the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, and junior Kevin Penner won both the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate and the Falcon Invitational. UNLV has climbed as high as No. 2 in the national rankings this year.

Listed below are the teams and individuals selected to participate in the Greensboro Regional. Teams winning automatic qualification are designated by their conferences in parenthesis. The entire field for the NCAA Regionals may be found on the NCAA’s website or by clicking here.

Grandover Resort – East Course – Greensboro, N.C.
Hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the Greensboro Sports Commission

Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. Auburn
3. Florida
4. Duke
5. Indiana
6. Liberty [Big South Conference]
7. SMU
8. Texas Tech
9. Tulsa
10. Lamar [Southland Conference]
11. Louisiana-Lafayette
12. Charlotte
13. George Washington [Atlantic 10 Conference]
14. Mount St. Mary’s [Northeast Conference]

1. Vaita Guillaume, Campbell
2. Sam Ryder, Stetson
3. Rhys Enoch, East Tennessee State
4. Casey O'Toole, Samford
5. Leo Garcia, Sacred Heart