MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's golf team will travel to Norman, Okla. next week as the sixth seed at the NCAA Regionals at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.
The event is scheduled for May 17-19 and will be hosted by the University of Oklahoma. The Gaels are joined by top-seeded Texas, Atlantic Coast Conference champion Georgia Tech, Washington, Florida State, host Oklahoma, Big Ten champion Illinois, Middle Tennessee, South Carolina, San Diego, Arizona, Sacramento State, IUPUI and Loyola-Chicago.
The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
"It's good to finally find out where we will be playing in the NCAA Tournament," said SMC head coach Scott Hardy. "We finished our conference championship a few weeks ago and we've been anticipating this day for a while now. Now, we get down to business in learning more about the course, the conditions we expect to face and the Norman area. We are excited to get going and do our best to get to the NCAA finals."
Last month the Gaels took home the program's first-ever West Coast Conference team title, while junior Ben Geyer won medalist honors at San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Hollister. Coach Scott Hardy was named the WCC Coach of the Year, while Geyer joined senior Anders Engell and Mac McClung on the all-WCC first team.
Each of the 81-teams and 45 individuals selected to participate in the NCAA regionals were assigned to play in one of six sites around the country on May 17-19. A total of 30 teams and six individuals will advance to stroke play at the NCAA Championships, scheduled for May 29-31 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The top eight teams in stroke play will advance to match play to determine the team champion June 1-3.
The Gaels participated in the 2005 event at Stanford and the 2008 tournament at Golf Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton, Wash. The 2008 SMC team finished seventh overall and advanced to the NCAA Championships at Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind. - the program's only NCAA Tournament finals appearance.