K-State Earns Fourth-Consecutive Regional Bid
MANHATTAN, Kan. - For the fourth-consecutive year and the fifth time in school history, the Kansas State men's golf team received a berth to the NCAA Central Regional as the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Committee announced the championship participants on Monday. The Wildcats are the 22nd seed in the 27-team field as they will compete May 18-20 at the Sand Ridge Golf Club in Chardon, Ohio.
"It's obviously a good accomplishment to be selected," head coach Tim Norris said. "I think our guys are capable of playing in a tournament like this."
Kansas State's best placing during a regional championship came on its home course in 2003 as the school hosted the Central Regional. The Wildcats finished 11th, shooting a combined team score of 876, but ended up one stroke shy of advancing to the NCAA Championship. The best individual finish by a Wildcat was Matt Van Cleave's tie for 17th in 2005, as he carded a three-round score of 214.
Sand Ridge Golf Club was the site of the Wildcat's first tournament this season, the Cleveland State Invitational, where K-State finished eighth at 31-over par 883. Ben Kern led the team as he placed second at 8-under par 205.
"I hope the fact that we've played at this course before works in our favor," said Norris.
Sand Ridge Golf Club is one of three sites hosting regional play. Lake Nona Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. hosts the East Regional and Tucson National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz., hosts the West Regional. The tournament consists of 54 holes, with 18 holes being played each day. A 27-team field and six individuals will be competing at each regional, with the top 10 teams advancing to the 2006 NCAA Championship in Sunriver, Ore. on May 31-June 3. The top two individuals not on those advancing teams will also earn berths into the NCAA Championship.
Other teams competing in the Central Regional will be (in order of seed): Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, Clemson, Duke, Texas, Kentucky, Tulsa, Northwestern, Minnesota, Lamar, Kent State, Oklahoma, TCU, Purdue, SMU, Xavier, Texas-Arlington, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Eastern Kentucky, Cleveland State, Siena, Princeton and St. Francis (PA).