Michigan State Spartan Men's Golf Earns NCAA Bid For Record 4th Consecutive Year
Hondo S. Carpenter
This record breaking Spartan accomplishment is explained in detail from MSU SUPER SID Barnes. The SID office also supplied the picture.
EAST LANSING – The Michigan State men's golf team is headed to Pullman, Washington, for the NCAA Regionals. The field for the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships was announced late Wednesday night and the Spartans were one of the 81 teams selected for this year's event.
The Spartans' selection marks first time in program history MSU has earned an NCAA Regional bid in four consecutive years.
"When I started here I thought that was the benchmark; if you could get in the NCAA Tournament most years, it was a sign you were a consistent program," MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said. "The championships are played on another weekend, but being in the tournament means that your body of work warrants that. I think after the loss at the Big Ten Championships, the NCAA Tournament is what I've been excited about. There are only four programs in the Big Ten that have been four years in a row. I think we separated ourselves, and now we have to take the next step, which is getting to the finals."
The 14 teams competing in the Pullman region include (in order of seed): 1. 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
In total, 81 teams and 45 individuals were chosen to compete at one of six regional championship sites. The six regional sites include Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Washington, hosted by Washington State University; Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, California, hosted by Stanford University; TPC Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, hosted by Coastal Carolina University and Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance; University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville, Kentucky, hosted by the University of Louisville; University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Georgia, hosted by the University of Georgia; and University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas, hosted by the University of Texas.
The six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 13-15. Thirteen teams and ten 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. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA finals, which will take place May 24-29 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Spartans are coming off their best finish at the Big Ten Championships – third – since winning the league title in 2008. MSU has three top-five finishes this season, including a win at the Colleton River Collegiate (March 4-5).
"This is why we work so hard," Lubahn said of getting into the NCAA Tournament. "The guys are starting to see that it's not the easiest thing to get in year-after-year. Coach Izzo and Coach Slobodnik-Stoll make it look easy, but it's hard. The guys will feel great tonight and they'll be ready to go to work on Thursday."
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