Men's Golf Selected to NCAA Franklin Regional
BATON ROUGE – The No. 6-ranked LSU Tigers will open the defense of their NCAA Championship from a season ago with a trip to the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tennessee, on May 16-18 to compete as the No. 3 seed in a field of 13 teams at the NCAA Franklin Regional hosted by Vanderbilt University.
The fields for each of the six NCAA Regional Championships to be held in two weeks were announced Monday morning during Golf Channel’s Morning Drive show from 8:30-9:30 a.m. CT.
Each of the 13 teams in the field at the NCAA Franklin Regional will be competing for five qualifying spots into the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships that will be held May 27-June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon. Five teams will qualify from each of the six NCAA Regionals across the country to make up the 30-team field at this year’s NCAA Championships.
This marks the ninth-straight season since the spring of 2008 and the 10th time in 11 seasons under head coach Chuck Winstead in which the Tigers will compete in NCAA Regional play. They look to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the sixth time in the last seven seasons by earning a top-five finish at the NCAA Franklin Regional.
The Tigers kicked off their run to a fifth national championship in program history last spring with a dramatic finish at the NCAA New Haven Regional hosted by Yale University, where they fired a 12-under par 268 in the final round to come from 11 shots outside of the Top 5 at the start of the round and earn NCAA qualification with a fifth-place regional finish.
LSU then stormed to their first NCAA title in 60 years as the No. 7 seed in match play, culminating with a 4-1 defeat of No. 5 seed Southern California in the NCAA Championship Match. The Tigers also defeated SEC rival Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals and Georgia in the semifinals of match play to add to their national championships won in 1940, 1942, 1947 and 1955.
The Tigers have advanced to match play at the NCAA Championships in each of the last two seasons after teeing it up in the NCAA Semifinals in 2014 as well while officially tying for third place two years ago.
The program has been among nation’s elite throughout the 2015-16 season as they head into NCAA Regional play as the No. 6-ranked team nationally in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this week. They are also the No. 14-ranked team in the latest Golfstat national power rankings released Tuesday.
Joining No. 3 seed LSU in the 13-team field at the NCAA Franklin Regional are No. 1 seed Texas, No. 2 seed and tournament host Vanderbilt, No. 4 seed Washington and No. 5 seed Virginia as the favorites to advance in the competition with a top-five finish. Rounding out the field No. 6 seed Houston, No. 7 seed Pepperdine, No. 8 seed Kennesaw State, No. 9 seed Michigan, No. 10 seed Troy, No. 11 seed East Carolina, No. 12 seed UT-Martin and No. 13 seed Georgetown.
Six NCAA Regionals will be played across the country as teams will look to finish in the Top 5 of the final team standings to make up the 30-team field at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships.
While the Tigers will tee off as part of the field at the NCAA Franklin Regional at the Vanderbilt Legends Club, Gallery Golf Club (Marana, Arizona), The Championship Course (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Karsten Creek Golf Club (Stillwater, Oklahoma), Ol’ Colony Golf Complex (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) and Blackwolf Run (Kohler, Wisconsin) will also serve as 2016 NCAA Regional host sites.
2016 NCAA MEN’S GOLF REGIONAL SELECTIONS
Note: NCAA Regional fields below are listed in order announced on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive.
* – Indicates automatic qualifier as a conference champion.
NCAA Franklin Regional
Vanderbilt Legends Club – Franklin, Tennessee
8. Kennesaw State
11. East Carolina
NCAA Marana Regional
Gallery Golf Club – Marana, Arizona
2. Wake Forest
5. North Carolina
6. North Florida
8. Georgia Tech
9. St. Mary’s (CA)*
10. Georgia State
11. North Texas
12. Louisiana Tech*
NCAA Albuquerque Regional
The Championship Course – Albuquerque, New Mexico
1. Southern California
2. Arizona State
3. South Florida*
4. San Diego State
5. Texas A&M
6. NC State
7. New Mexico
8. Texas Tech
12. U.S. Military Academy*
13. Cleveland State*
NCAA Stillwater Regional
Karsten Creek Golf Club – Stillwater, Oklahoma
1. Oklahoma State
7. Michigan State
11. McNeese State*
13. Missouri-Kansas City*
14. Alabama State*
NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional
Ol’ Colony Golf Complex – Tuscaloosa, Alabama
3. South Carolina
10. Charleston Southern
13. Southern Illinois*
NCAA Kohler Regional
Blackwolf Run – Kohler, Wisconsin
2. Florida State
6. Penn State
8. Kent State*
10. East Tennessee State*
13. South Dakota State*