Kansas State Receives Second Straight NCAA Men's Central Regional Bid
MANHATTAN, Kan. - For the second straight year and third time in school history, the Kansas State men’s golf team received a berth to the NCAA Men’s Central Regional. The NCAA Golf Committee presented the Wildcats with the 13th seed in the 27-team Central Regional, which will be hosted by Purdue and contested at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex and Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind. May 20-22.
The Central Regional is one of three tournaments being contested to determine the field for the 2004 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, which will be held June 1-4 at Cascades Course at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. The low 10 teams and the low two individuals not on those teams will advance from each of the three regionals.
K-State received its third regional bid in school history since the NCAA adopted regional play in 1989. Previously, K-State was seeded 21st out of 21 teams in 1993 as they finished in 21st with a 943. Last season, the Wildcats were seeded 26th out of 27 teams and came within one-stroke of qualifying for the NCAA Championships with an 11th-place finish.
Joining Kansas State in West Lafayette, Ind. will be Oklahoma State, Texas, TCU, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arkansas, Kansas, Tulsa, Colorado, SMU, Texas Tech, Baylor, Texas A&M, Xavier, Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue, Kent State, Wichita State, Indiana, Lamar, Notre Dame, Princeton, Western Illinois and Jackson State.
Kansas State finished in the top five in eight of 11 events this season. The Wildcats also finished fourth at the Big 12 Championships, their best finish in conference history.
“This is a start, but it wouldn’t be possible without Colbert Hills,” head coach Tim Norris said. “It’s like two different sports coming from the courses we used to play to Colbert Hills. I don’t think you can put a dollar amount on the value of Colbert Hills.”
The 2004 NCAA Men’s Central Regional Golf Championships will consist of 54 holes, with 18 holes played each of the three days of the event.