LUBBOCK, Texas -- The Texas Tech men's golf team has been selected to compete in the 2017 NCAA Regional Championships, as the No. 2 seed in the College Grove, Tennessee, region. The tournament will be held May 15-17.
This is the 16th consecutive year the No. 11 Red Raiders have been selected for the NCAA postseason, which is the longest active team qualification streak on campus. The school record for consecutive NCAA postseason appearances is currently 17 years, held by the women's basketball program.
"The goal is to advance to the match play portion of the national championships, and this is a step we take to get there," Texas Tech head coach Greg Sands said. "We don't want to sit around and talk about 16-straight regionals, especially after setting the match play bar for this program in 2010, but it's not something we want to take for granted, either. There are talented teams in our field and we have our work cut out for us. We will have to play well to advance, which is always the case in the regional round."
Tech will be joined by the region's top seed, Vanderbilt, and (in order of seed) Clemson, Georgia, Missouri, Lipscomb, Kennesaw State, UCF, Middle Tennessee State (Host), TCU, Troy, East Tennessee State and Harvard. The top five teams after 54 holes of stroke play will advance to the NCAA Championships, in Sugar Grove, Ill., May 26-31.
The Red Raiders head into regional play coming off a fourth-place showing at the Big 12 Championship. Tech finished the regular season with eight top-four team finishes, two of those being team titles, and three individual titles. The three individual titles matches a single-season record for individual titles won under Sands. Tech also enters the College Grove Regional with four Red Raiders sporting a stroke average of 72.4 or better for the 2016-17 season.
A year ago, the Red Raiders narrowly missed out on the NCAA Championships after nearly pulling off an improbable comeback from 12 shots down as the No. 8 seed in the Albuquerque regional. All five Red Raiders who took part in that tournament returned this season.
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 15-17. Thirteen teams and ten 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 the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 26-31 at the NCAA Championships, which will take place at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
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