Michigan State Spartan Men's Golf Set to Begin Unprecedented 4th Straight NCAA
Hondo S. Carpenter
The Michigan State men's golf team is set to begin the NCAA tournament for a school first 4th straight time. A remarkable achievement for a great coach and team. Here is the rundown and picture courtesy of the MSU SID:
EAST LANSING -- Michigan State is making its program-record fourth consecutive NCAA Regional appearance. The Spartans will be one of 14 teams competing to the Pullman Regional, hosted by Washington State University. In total, there are six regional sites containing a total of 81 teams. The top five teams and the top individual not from the five qualifying teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA finals, which will take place May 24-29 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Each of the six NCAA Regionals will take place Monday, May 13 – Wednesday, May 15.
NCAA PULLMAN REGIONAL
Dates: Monday, May 13 – Wednesday, May 15
Course: Palouse Ridge Golf Club
Par / Yardage: 70 / 7246
Format: 54 holes of stroke play (play 5, count 4) with the top five teams advancing to the NCAA Championships
Schedule: Round 1 (Mon.): Michigan State will tee off between 11:25 – 12:09 ET from hole No. 1
Round 2 (Tues.): Round two tee times and pairings will be determined by Monday's finish
Round 3 (Wed.): Round three tee times and pairings will be determined by Tuesday's finish
PALOUSE RIDGE GOLF CLUB
A venture of Washington State University, Palouse Ridge is located east end of the WSU campus and is the home course of the Cougar men's and women's golf teams. A links-style design built to championship standards, the eco-friendly course fits the rolling topography of the Palouse and offers panoramic views of distant mountains in Idaho and Oregon.
The Palouse Ridge Golf Club was designed by golf course architect, John F. Harbottle III. After opening in 2008, the success of the golf course is accredited by its selection to host the Pac-12 championships in 2012 (women) and 2015 (men). Golf Week listed Palouse Ridge at No. 3 for college courses, behind Yale and Williams College.
Golf Digest and Golf Week both ranked Palouse Ridge in the second slot in 2009 for the best new courses,
THE PULLMAN REGIONAL FIELD (In order of seed)
- Oklahoma, 2. Georgia Tech, 3. South Carolina, 4. Texas A&M, 5. UCLA, 6. Brigham Young, 7. Colorado State, 8. Florida, 9. Michigan State, 10. Purdue, 11. Kent State, 12. Northern Colorado, 13. Wright State and 14. Iona. Individuals competing include: Thomas Hutchison, UC Davis; Zach Smith, UC Santa Barbara; Daniel O'Loughlin, Colorado; Tim Widing, San Francisco; Jake Chanen, Grand Canyon
THE LAST TIME OUT
The Spartans had their best finish at the Big Ten Championships – third – since winning the title in 2008. Donnie Trosper was named to the all-tournament team by tying for fourth place, which was also the best finish at the league championships by a Spartan since 2008. The Spartans moved up one place in the final round after being in fourth after each of the first two days.
EXPECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS
Monday – Cloudy, 73, 0% chance of rain
Tuesday – Cloudy, 75, 0% chance of rain
Wednesday – Cloudy, 70, 10% chance of rain
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