Chapel Hill, N.C. -- The University of North Carolina men's golf team was one of 81 teams to receive a bid to participate in the NCAA Regionals. There will be 14 teams, including Carolina, and five individuals at the regional in Tempe, Ariz. which will be played May 16-18 at the Karsten Golf Course and hosted by Arizona State.
"We are excited to go out to ASU," says Tar Heel head coach Andrew Sapp. "It will have an ACC flair with Duke and Clemson joining us out there. They actually sent a lot of Southeastern teams out to the desert. It will be hot and we will have to shoot low to advance because typically scores on the Karsten Course are very good. We set out in August with the mantra of "Play for May". Every day we wanted to practice and play with the goal of playing golf in the postseason in the month of May. There are two tournaments in May and we want to advance to the second one which will be in Atlanta."
There are six regionals across the country. Three of the regionals have 14 teams and five individuals while the other three regionals will host 13 teams and 10 individuals. The top five teams and top individual (not on those five teams) at each regional will advance on to the NCAA Championships to be played May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club, Crabapple Course, in Atlanta, Ga. This year's NCAA Regional sites are the University Club in Baton Rouge, La.; Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla.; The Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio; The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.; Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. and Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash.
Nine Atlantic Coast Conference teams received a bid to the NCAA Regionals. Duke (2 seed), Clemson (5 seed) and Carolina (8 seed) are playing in Tempe, Ariz. Four teams will be playing in Tallahassee, Fla. - Georgia Tech (2 seed), Florida State (3 seed), Wake Forest (6 seed) and NC State (7 seed). Virginia Tech (5 seed) will be playing in Pullman, Wash., while Virginia (11 seed) will be playing in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, Sean Boshdosh of Maryland received an individual bid to play in the Tallahassee Regional.
Carolina has won two tournaments this year and has been the runner-up in two additional events. The Tar Heels came away victorious at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate last fall and the Irish Creek Collegiate this spring. Carolina was also the runner-up at both the Tar Heel Intercollegiate and the Rod Myers Invitational, both played last fall. The Tar Heels carded three additional top-10 finishes, all this spring. They finished in sixth place at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate and placed seventh at the ACC Championships and the Seminole Intercollegiate. Carolina has been led by senior Michael McGowan who had carded six top-10 and seven top-20 finishes and leads the team with a 71.75 stroke average. In addition, two Tar Heels won individual titles as sophomore Brandon Dalinka won the Wolfpack Intercollegiate and senior Clark Palmer tied for individual medalist honors at the Rod Myers Invitational.
This marks Carolina's 22nd trip to the NCAA Regionals. Carolina has received a bid to the NCAA Regionals in all but three years (2009, 2011, 2012) since the regional format was instituted in 1989 and has advanced to the NCAAs 17 times. This marks Carolina's 45th year of postseason NCAA play.The complete list of teams participating at the Tempe Regional are as follows (by seed): UCLA, Duke, Georgia, Texas A&M, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Central Florida, North Carolina, Arizona State, Kennesaw State, Arizona, Austin Peay State, New Mexico State and Lehigh. The five individuals at that regional are: Glen Scher of UC Santa Barbara, Rufie Fessler of Fresno State; Cody Black of San Jose State, Kyle Westmoreland of Air Force and Tyler Torano of Loyola Marymount.