Baylor Golf Earns NCAA Regional Bid

WACO (May 7, 2012) -- Baylor men’s golf earned the No. 5 seed in the 2012 NCAA Ann Arbor Regional, extending one of the nation’s longest postseason streaks to 15 consecutive NCAA appearances.

Baylor, ranked No. 30 in the last Golfstat standings, is one of 13 teams tabbed to the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional, which will be held May 17-19 at the par-71, 6,687-yard University of Michigan Golf Course, and hosted by the University of Michigan. The Bears are joined by Big 12 rival Oklahoma State and future Big 12 member TCU.

Baylor, which will be making its 17th NCAA Regional and 20th NCAA postseason appearance, has finished seventh or better in each of its last three NCAA Regional trips. In 2010, Baylor earned a trip to the NCAA Championship, where it tied for 25th overall.

It will mark Baylor’s second trip to Ann Arbor this season. In September, Baylor finished second at the Wolverine Intercollegiate, while Ryan O’Rear and Joakim Mikkelsen finished fourth and 10th, respectively.

“I like our draw,” head coach Greg Priest said. “Of all the Regional sites, (Ann Arbor) is the only one we’ve played this season. We played really well there in the fall and I think it’s a good fit for us.”

Prior to Monday’s announcement, Mikkelsen won the Big 12 Championship individual title, while the Bears finish fifth at Whispering Pines. Baylor has nine top-five finishes in 12 tournaments this season, including five finishes of third or better.

“I don’t think we’ve peaked yet,” Priest said. “This season, we’ve played ok at times and really haven’t put 54 holes together. That’s what we’ve been preaching all year – our regular season helps us prepare for the postseason.

Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 17-19 to determine the championships field. Thirteen teams and 10 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. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary rounds of NCAA championships competition, and all national championships policies apply.

A total of 450 participants have been selected for regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals; the low five teams and the low individual not on an advancing team will advance from each regional.

“You want to play your best at this time of the season,” Priest said.

The 74th annual NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship will be held May 29-June 3 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and hosted by USC.

NCAA ANN ARBOR REGIONAL (UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN GOLF COURSE)

Teams

1. USC
2. Oregon
3. Kent State (MAC)
4. Virginia
5. BAYLOR
6. Oklahoma State
7. Kennesaw State
8. TCU
9. Purdue
10. N.C. State
11. Notre Dame (Big East)
12. Ohio State
13. Navy (Patriot League)

Individuals

1. Peter Williamson, Dartmouth
2. Matt Thompson, Michigan
3. Sebastian MacLean, Xavier
4. Erik Van Rooyen, Minnesota
5. Dan Ellis, Michigan State
6. Tyler Merkel, Ball State
7. Charlie Bull, Akron
8. Chad Ebert, Green Bay
9. William Park, Army
10. Greg Matthias, Delaware


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