Brian Morgan, DirectorAthletics Media Relations (904) 620-4027
Brian Morgan, Director
Athletics Media Relations
The University of North Florida golf team earned the No. 8 seed at the upcoming NCAA South Central Regional on May 19-21 in Erie, Colo., at the Colorado National Golf Club.
The NCAA Golf Championship begins with an opening round of six regional sites and culminates with the top five finishing teams from each regional advancing to the championship event on May 31-June 5 in Stillwater, Okla.
The three-day, 54-hole South Central Regional will be played on a par 72, 7,753-yard layout for the Colorado National course.
“The guys have all been working really hard to get themselves prepared to play well at Regionals,” said UNF head coach Scott Schroeder. “Following the A-Sun Championship, we have had a nice break from competition. Having to travel to Colorado will be a good experience and challenge for our team. We have a few guys that have played all over the country, but it will be important for us to get to that region of the country and get used to the different grasses. We just need to go in and play one shot at a time and if we do that than we will be successful.”
UNF is currently No. 45 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and No. 48 in the Golfstat standings. The South Central Regional features a very talented group of teams including No. 1 seeded and the nation’s top-ranked team, Oklahoma State. No. 12/12 Georgia is the second seed followed by No. 3 seed Auburn (9/13), No. 4 seed Arizona State (31/24) and No. 5 seed Clemson (25/25).
Rounding out the field will be No. 6 seed Chattanooga (39/35), No. 7 TCU (40/40), North Florida, No. 9 New Mexico State (52/53), No. 10 Northwestern (56/57), No. 11 Colorado State (65/63), No. 12 San Jose State (70/70) and No. 13 Denver.
Individually for the Ospreys, junior first-team All-Atlantic Sun performer Kevin Aylwin holds the No. 65 spot on the Golfstat standings and is No. 68 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, while sophomore teammate Kevin Phelan, also a first-team all-conference honoree, is listed 88th by Golfweek/Sagarin.
This marks UNF’s sixth NCAA regional appearance at the Division I level and second straight postseason trip after finishing 14th in last year’s NCAA Championship. The UNF golf team began competing at the DI level in 1997. Prior to that, the Ospreys went to the NCAA Division II national championships for four consecutive seasons, finishing second twice. UNF won the NAIA National Championship in 1991 and 1993.
In their last outing on Apr. 18-20, the Ospreys earned a runner-up showing at the 2011 Atlantic Sun Conference championship.
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