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 will have 13 teams and 10 individuals competing, while the other three will have 14 teams and five individuals (81 teams and 45 individuals, total). Tournaments will be held from 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.
Team leader: Florida State, -17 Individual leader: Kieran Vincent, Liberty, -7 The hook: Florida State’s newly renovated Seminole Legacy Golf Course in Tallahassee is making its postseason debut. Judging by the Seminoles’ 17-under first-round total, the home-course advantage is significant. Earlier this year, Florida State head coach Trey Jones called it a game-changer – one that develops every part of every player’s game. Florida State threw out 24 teams birdies in the first round alone to catapult to the top of the leaderboard at 17 under, an NCAA program record. John Pak, a week removed from the Walker Cup, is tied for second after a 67. If the cut were today: 1. Florida State; 2. Georgia Tech; 3. Liberty; 4. Ohio State; 5. Georgia What to watch for Tuesday: This is a big week for Liberty, the No. 3 seed (which is the Flames’ highest-ever seed in 11 NCAA Regional appearances) and the No. 19-ranked team in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking. The Flames finished in the top five in all seven spring starts, topping teams like Florida State and Oklahoma State when it won the Timuquana Collegiate early spring. Liberty is 12 off Florida State’s lead in Tallahassee, but five shots ahead of Kansas and Davidson in sixth place. https://twitter.com/FSUGolf/status/1394372906600341505
Team leader: Texas, -6 Individual leaders: Travis Vick, Texas, -4 The hook: Texas is crazy good at golf. Motivated after a third-place finish at the Big 12 Championship, four Longhorns are in the top 30 after the first round, with three inside the top 11, led by Vick, a sophomore who boasts some serious game. Pierceson Coody and Cole Hammer, who each competed last week at the Walker Cup, sit T-4 and T-11, respectively. Texas didn't win at the pace their accustomed to this season, but the three players with national championship experience are getting hot at the right time. Watch out. If the cut were today: 1. Texas; T-2. Tennessee; T-2. North Florida; T-2. North Carolina; 5. Louisville What to watch for Tuesday: All of the top five seeds in the region find themselves currently inside the cut line. On the outside looking in is UNCW, the No. 9 seed who sit sixth, two shots back after a 2-over performance on Monday. The Seahawks were forced to withdraw from the Colonial Athletic Association Championship last month due to “COVID-19 protocols within the Seahawks' program” but find themselves in position to make a move. https://twitter.com/UNCW_MensGolf/status/1394389144151805953
Play has yet to conclude for the day. Leaderboard: Albuquerque
Kingston Springs Regional
Play has yet to conclude for the day. Leaderboard: Kingston Springs
Cle Elum Regional
Play has yet to conclude for the day. Leaderboard: Cle Elum
Play has yet to conclude for the day. Leaderboard: Stillwater