The Charlotte 49ers earned their eighth straight NCAA Tournament bid with their at-large selection to the 2012 NCAA Greensboro Regional, May 17-19 at the East Course; Grandover Resort. As the 12th seed in the Greensboro Regional, Charlotte's tee times on Thursday will start at 9:15 a.m. and run in 10 minute intervals through 9:55 a.m.
In its seven previous trips, Charlotte advanced to the NCAA Championship three times. Charlotte posted back-to-back top 10 finishes in 2007 (T3rd) and 2008 (T8th).
Charlotte placed 2nd at the rain-shortened 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship, breaking a league-record string of six straight A-10 titles. The six titles is a league record for consecutive titles and matches the league record for most titles in league history.
Freshman Raoul Menard copped medalist honors at six-under par 138 in the 36-hole event. With his finish he claimed the A-10 Most Outstanding Performer and Most Outstanding Freshman awards. Menard and senior Paul Ferrier both earned all-Atlantic 10 honors.
The 49ers lineup will consist of four seniors and a freshman. Seniors Ferrier, Olafur Loftsson, Tyler Mitchell and Rafael Guerrero will be joined by Menard.
Incredible Eight-Year run
This is the 49ers 8th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Over those 8 years, Charlotte has won six Atlantic 10 Conference championships and posted two league runner-up finishes (2006: Conference USA; 2012: Atlantic 10).
The 49ers have advanced to three NCAA Championships -- with two top 10 finishes: T3rd, 2007; T8th, 2008.
Charlotte has boasted three GCAA all-Americas over that time span, including four-time all-America Corey Nagy.
CABBAGE'S COACHING DEBUT
This is the first season at the helm for new coach Ryan Cabbage, who came to the 49ers after a long run as an assistant coach at Auburn. Cabbage made his head coaching debut at the Gopher Invitational, where Charlotte finished 5th in a competitive field.
7 Top 5 Finishes
Charlotte placed in the top five in 7 of the 11 events, this year. Senior Paul Ferrier and freshman Raoul Menard were the 49ers top finishers in four events, each. Senior Olafur Loftsson was the top finisher in the other three events.
2012 ATLANTIC 10 HONORS:
A-10 Most Outstanding Performer:
Raoul Menard, medalist (-6, 138)
A-10 Most Outstanding Freshman:
Raoul Menard (1st), Paul Ferrier (7th)
A-10 all-Academic Team:
Paul Ferrier, Rafael Guerrero, Olafur Loftsson
NCAA Regional Greensboro Reg'l
Atlantic 10 -6, T2nd of 11
NCAA Regional +23, 7th of 14
Atlantic 10 +17, 1st of 11
NCAA Regional +4, T6th of 14
Atlantic 10 +11, 1st of 12
NCAA Championship Nagy T36th (+6)
NCAA Southeast Regional -8, T7 of 14
Atlantic 10 +20, 1st of 12
NCAA Championship +58, T8th of 30
NCAA East Regional -8, 7th of 27
Atlantic 10 -27, 1st of 12
NCAA Championship +5, T3 of 30
NCAA East Regional +11, 7 of 27
Atlantic 10 -40, 1st of 12
NCAA Championship +22, T22 of 30
NCAA East Regional +13, T5 of 27
Atlantic 10 -27, 1st of 12
NCAA East Regional 17th of 30
Conference USA 2nd of 14
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