May 6, 2009
IRVING, Texas - Five teams and four individuals will represent Conference USA in the NCAA Men's and Women's Golf Regionals. The UCF men's golf team claimed their first C-USA title and received the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals as the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Southeast Regional May 14-16 in Sorrento, Fla. Joining UCF in capturing an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships was Tulane's women's golf team. After a two-year program suspension due to Hurricane Katrina, the Green Wave returned to the golf course to capture a third league title in just five years. Tulane will compete in the women's NCAA East Regionals at the Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla., May 7-9.
Tulsa was the only team to receive an at-large bid to the men's NCAA Regionals. They will compete as the No. 10 seed at the Stillwater Regional in Stillwater, Okla., May 14-16. The Golden Hurricane finished in fifth-place at the C-USA Championships, but was the league's second-highest ranked team most of the spring. The NCAA appearance is the first for Tulsa since 2007 and its 18th overall. TU has made nine appearances in the championship round.
Joining Tulane on the women's side of post-season play are East Carolina and UCF. East Carolina, ranked No. 43 by Golfweek Magazine, earned an at-large bid and was chosen as the No. 12 seed in the East Regional. The Pirates will be making their fifth team appearance in the NCAA Championships after just nine seasons as a program.
The UCF women's golf team also earned a berth to participate in the East Regional. The Knights posted a second-place finish at the 2009 C-USA Championship and enter the NCAA Regionals ranked No. 53 by Golfweek. This will mark UCF's eighth appearance all-time in the NCAA Regionals and the second year in a row.
Four individuals were selected to represent C-USA and their institutions as individual competitors. Zack Sucher of UAB will will compete in the Southeast Regional as the top-seeded individual qualifier for the 54-hole regional this year. Sucher will make his second individual appearance in three years after leading UAB to a fifth-place finish a year ago.
SMU's Kelly Kraft and James Kwon join Roger Sloan of UTEP in receiving individual bids to the Stillwater Regional at the Karsten Creek Golf Club. Kraft tied for sixth-place at the C-USA Championship earning All-C-USA first-team honors. Kwon and Sloan both received second team honors and the trio will be among 10 individuals not competing with their teams to participate in the three-day event.
The 2009 NCAA Men's Championship is scheduled for May 26-30 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio while the women's championship will be held May 19-22 at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.