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.; ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. and Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash.
The NCAA began the six regional format in 2009. Prior to that, there were three regionals (East, Central, West). Carolina participated in the East Regional 17 times (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007), the Central Regional twice (2001, 2003) and the West Regional one time (2008). In 2010, Carolina participated in the regional played at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Tex.
CAROLINA IN THE NCAA: This year marks Carolina's 47th trip to the NCAAs. The Tar Heels have 34 top-20 finishes and 18 top-10 finishes in NCAA competition. Carolina has had 17 players finish in the top-10 of the individual race 18 times and 30 players finish in the top-20 individually 36 times. Prior to this year, the Tar Heels made trips to the NCAAs in 1941, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1971, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. The only years the Tar Heels did not advance out of the regionals were 2001, 2005, 2008 and 2010.
CAROLINA'S TWO CHAMPS: Two Tar Heels, John Inman and Harvie Ward, have won NCAA Individual Championships. On his way to the title in 1949, Ward defeated Oklahoma's Bo Winninger, LSU's Gardner Dickinson and Notre Dame's Tommy Veech before dispatching Texas' Morris Williams Jr. in the 36-hole final, five and four. Thirty-five years later in 1984, Inman captured the title with a 17-under-par score, breaking Ben Crenshaw's NCAA record by two strokes. That record, set at Houston's Bear Creek Golf World, was broken in 2000 by Charles Howell of Oklahoma State who fired a 23-under-par score of 266.
CAROLINA THIS SPRING: The Tar Heels have carded four top-10 finishes so far this spring. Carolina won the Irish Creek Collegiate after carding a 7-over-par 859 total. The Tar Heels' other top-10 finishes came at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate where they placed sixth and at the ACC Championships and the Seminole Intercollegiate where they finished seventh. In its other events this spring, Carolina finished 11th at the Tiger Invitational and 12th at the Puerto Rico Classic.
CAROLINA IN THE FALL: Last fall, the Tar Heels carded three top-10 finishes. Carolina captured the team championship at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate and was the runner-up at two tournaments - the Tar Heel Intercollegiate and the Rod Myers Invitational. In their other two events, Carolina tied for 11th place at the Carpet Capital Collegiate and finished 12th at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate. Also, two Tar Heels captured individual championships as sophomore Brandon Dalinka won the Wolfpack Intercollegiate and senior Clark Palmer tied for individual medalist honors at the Rod Myers Invitational.