NCAA Men’s Regionals: COVID-19 strikes two regionals, Texas cruising

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College golf’s championship season continues this week with men’s Division I regional play at six locations across the country.

Three of the six regional championship sites were slated to have 13 teams and 10 individuals competing, while the other three were to have 14 teams and five individuals (81 teams and 45 individuals, total). Tournaments are being held Monday, May 17 through Wednesday, May 19.

The top five teams (30 total) and the low individual (six total) not on a qualifying team from each regional will advance to the NCAA Div. I Men’s Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 28-June 2.

Below you’ll find a recap, as well as a breakdown of what to watch for from each regional as play concludes from all four sites.

Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings: Men’s team | Men’s individual
College golf blog: The Road to Grayhawk

Noblesville Regional

Team leader: Texas, -15 Individual leader: T-1. Blake McShea (UNCW) and Nick Infanti (North Florida), -6 If the cut were today: 1. Texas; 2. Tennessee; 3. North Carolina; 4. Louisville; 5. North Florida The hook: The top teams have separated from the pack, and it'll be a tall task to climb into the top five. Texas kept its hold on the region with another dominant performance on Tuesday, shooting 9 under as a team thanks to four Longhorns in the top 12. What to watch for Tuesday: Carnage. Anything can happen in a team competition, especially one with a berth to the national championship on the line. Nine shots separate the Nos. 5 and 6 teams, and if anyone is to rise to the occasion, keep an eye on UNCW, led by graduate student Blake McShea who sits tied atop the individual leaderboard. In fact, the race for the individual title might be the only close call in Indiana. Eighteen players find themselves within five shots of the lead, including eight on teams not currently qualified for the national championship. Leaderboard: Noblesville Regional

Tallahassee Regional

Play has yet to conclude for the day. Leaderboard: Tallahassee Regional

Stillwater Regional

COVID-19 protocols force Sam Houston State to finish the Stillwater Regional without star senior, William Holcomb, due to contact tracing. Play has yet to conclude for the day. Leaderboard: Stillwater Regional

Cle Elum Regional

Sacramento State was forced to withdraw from the Cle Elum Regional due to COVID-19 contact tracing. Play has yet to conclude for the day. Leaderboard: Cle Elum Regional

Kingston Springs Regional

Play has yet to conclude for the day. Leaderboard: Kingston Springs Regional

Albuquerque Regional

Play has yet to conclude for the day. Leaderboard: Albuquerque Regional

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