No. 9 Auburn Golf Earns Third Seed At Colorado Regional
May 9, 2011
AUBURN - The ninth-ranked Auburn men's golf team earned an NCAA Regional bid as the third seed to the Colorado National Golf Club regional, held May 19-21 in Erie, Colo., the NCAA Men's Golf Championship Committee announced Monday.
The Colorado regional features three conference champions and four teams ranked in the Golfweek Magazine top-25, including top-ranked Oklahoma State. No. 12 Georgia follows as the second seed.
"It's a lot like a links course," said Auburn head coach Nick Clinard. "It looks like a course you might see in the Northeast and should be a great challenge. The ball goes a little bit farther because of altitude.
"We've had a great year and have had a month off now. The team is looking forward to regional play. We need to go out there with the right attitude and play to win. We get to play against No. 1 team in the country. What more could you want in a regional?"
No. 25 Clemson earned the fourth seed followed by Chattanooga, TCU, North Florida, New Mexico State, Northwestern, Colorado State, San Jose State and Denver.
Michael Whitehead (Rice), Gabe Maier (Wyoming), Steven Lecuyer (Central Arkansas), Derek Plucienski (Southern Miss), Michaell McGowen (North Carolina), Geoff Gonzalez (Cal Poly), Jarred Bossio (Idaho), Andrew Wyatt (Nebraska), Cody Schwienefus (Drake) and C.G. Mercatoris (Robert Morris) will compete individually.
"We'll probably leave a few days early to get used to the altitude," said sophomore Michael Hebert. "It really makes a difference and you can find yourself over shooting the pins if you aren't used to it. It's a big adjustment. Everything breaks different. You really have to pay close attention to the terrain."
The top five teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to the 2011 NCAA Championships held May 31-June 5 at the Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla. The other five regional sites include Tuscon, Ariz., Ocala, Fla., Zionsville, Ind., Santa Fe, Calif., and Blacksburg, Va.
In all, eight of the 12 SEC teams advanced to a NCAA Regional Championship with Tennessee and Alabama going to Zionsville, LSU and Ole Miss to Blacksburg and Florida and Arkansas to Ocala.
The Tigers are making their 20th overall in the last 22 years. This is only the third time in those 19 appearences that Auburn has played in west of the Mississippi River after traveling to California in 2005 and Texas in 2010.
For live coverage of the East Regional please visit www.GolfStat.com or follow daily updates of the Tigers on www.AuburnTigers.com.
Colorado Region Teams
4. Arizona State
8. North Florida
9. New Mexico State (WAC)
11. Colorado State
12. San Jose State
13. Denver (Sun Belt)
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