The University of Colorado men’s golf team will compete in the NCAA West Regional in Stockton, Calif. on Monday, May 14, per the pairing announcement on Thursday. It’s a sixth-straight invite to the NCAA Championship for the Buffaloes, who are currently one shy of tying a school record for consecutive appearances (1989-95). The Buffs on the season are 127-51-5 against Division I competition and their 70.8 winning percentage is in line to be the best in team history.
“We are very excited to be headed to California for the NCAA Regional at Stockton,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said. “It was the region we were hoping to go to. You’re excited that you make it, because it’s not always easy to make the field, but that is where we wanted to go if we had to choose. We don’t know much about the course, so we’ll gather information in the coming days.”
CU heads west as a No. 7 seed for the first time since the 2008-09 season. Edwards’ team ended up in West Lafayette, Ind. for last year’s NCAA Central Regional, and failed to advance after finishing 12th overall. According to CU’s Dave Plati, “This is the 21st time that Colorado or one of its players will compete in regional play, but just the third time west of the Central Time Zone.”
Two SEC teams were named atop the West Regional with No. 6 LSU as the top seed, followed by No. 7 Alabama. Three teams from the Pac-12 were next up, with No. 18 Stanford, No. 19 USC and No. 30 Oregon. The rest of the field is made up by No. 31 TCU, No. 42 Colorado, No. 43 Kansas, No. 54 Kennesaw State, No. 55 Iowa State, No. 94 UNC-Greensboro, No. 135 UC Irvine and No. 193 North Dakota State, respectively. The 13-team field will compete at The Reserve at Spanos Park, a 7,239-yard, par-72 links-style layout that features rye grass fairways and A-4 Bent greens that opened in 1999.
“It’s a team that really played well this spring, we has some high level head-to-head wins over good teams,” Edwards noted. “It’s one of our winningest teams ever and as result, this team is primed to compete for a regional title. We have a confident group of players who care deeply about one another.”
According to Plati, “Ten individuals from schools that did not advance as a team will also compete in Stockton, thus 75 total players will be in the field. Nationally, 81 teams and 45 individuals qualified for the postseason, with all 14 teams from the SEC leading the way, followed by the ACC and Big 12 with nine, the Pac-12 with eight and the Big 10 and Mountain West with four; schools must have a .500 record or better to qualify for the postseason.
There are six regional sites and those competing will play 54 holes with the top five teams and top individual who is not a member of those squads earning the right to advance to the NCAA Championship Finals. Those are scheduled for May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. (Oklahoma State is serving as the host institution).
The teams will play a practice round on Sunday, May 13, and the regional will begin at 8:30 a.m. mountain time on all three competition days. The Buffaloes will be paired with Kansas and Kennesaw State and will start on the No. 1 for the first round at 9:25.”