Eight ACC Teams, One Individual Selected for NCAA Men's Golf Regionals

May 10, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee announced the teams and individuals on May 9 selected to participate in the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regionals, May 19-21.

Eight of the 11 ACC teams were selected to advance to regional play and extend their seasons: Clemson, Wake Forest, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech and NC State. North Carolina's Michael McGowan to participate as an individual.

COLORADO REGION: Colorado National Golf Club, Erie, Colorado
Clemson (5)
Individual: Michael McGowan, North Carolina
Noteworthy:
-This is the 30th consecutive year the Clemson program has been selected as a team for the NCAA Men’s Golf Tournament, the 28th consecutive year under Head Coach Larry Penley.
-Clemson has an outstanding history in NCAA Regional play. This is the 23rd year of NCAA regional play and Clemson has won the regional championship seven times. -Head Coach Larry Penley is the only Division I coach with seven regional championships.
-North Carolina’s Michael McGowan (So., Southern Pines, N.C.) will be an ACC individual representative in the Colorado Region.

INDIANA REGION: Wolf Run Golf Club, Zionsville, Indiana
Wake Forest (5)
Florida State (8)
Noteworthy:
-Wake Forest has won three out of the last six regionals and since 1989, the team has advanced into the finals a total of 15 times, including five of the last six years.
-This will be Florida State’s sixth consecutive season and sixth time during the eight season tenure of Head Coach Trey Jones that the Seminoles will play in the NCAA Championship.
-The Seminoles finished in second place in the 2010 NCAA Central Regional Championship and in a school best third place in the 2010 NCAA Championship finals.

VIRGINIA TECH REGION: The Pete Dye River Course at Virginia Tech, Radford, Virginia
Georgia Tech (1)
Duke (3)
Virginia (4)
Virginia Tech (7)
Noteworthy:
-Georgia Tech, who earned an automatic berth by winning the Atlantic Coast Conference championship last month, is playing in an NCAA Regional for the 14th straight year and for the 20th time in the 22 years the NCAA has used a regional qualifying format.
-The Duke men’s golf team, ranked 16th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin ratings, received the third seed in the NCAA East Regional. Duke has qualified for NCAA regional play in each of the last 13 seasons and has advanced to the NCAA Championship seven times in that span.
-For the fourth consecutive year the Virginia men’s golf team has received a bid to the NCAA Championships. The regional berth marks the 15th time since 1990 the Cavaliers have competed in postseason play.
-This will be Virginia Tech’s fifth consecutive NCAA appearance and their 13th all-time appearance in the NCAA Championship. The Hokies enter the regionals ranked 39th nationally by Golfstat.com and 42nd nationally by Golfweek/Sagarin ratings.

FLORIDA REGION: Golden Ocala Golf Club, Ocala, Florida
NC State (5)
Noteworthy:
-NC State will make its 37th appearance in NCAA postseason play after the men’s golf team was selected as the No. 5 seed at the Florida Regional.
-The Wolfpack is making its 19th trip to the NCAA Regionals since the format was changed back in 1989. That stretch includes 12 appearances in the last 14 years, all under the direction of head coach Richard Sykes.

Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 19-21. 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.

The finals will be conducted May 31-June 5, at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla. Oklahoma State is the host institution for this year’s championships.