The field has been set for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships as six Big 12 teams and two individuals earned bids to this year’s regional tournaments. The league will be represented in four of the six regional locations.
Leading the league is Texas who earned the top seed in the Fayetteville Regional at The Blessing Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark. UT earned the league’s automatic bid by winning the Big 12 Championship in April. The Longhorns are the No. 3 team in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and are led by freshman Brandon Stone, who claimed medalist honors at the Big 12 Championships. Stone is rated as the No. 2 player in the nation in the latest Golfweek rankings.
Oklahoma State will be the No. 3 seed in the Fayetteville Regional. The Cowboys will look to get back to their winning ways after their NCAA-record string of 65 consecutive NCAA Championship appearances came to an end a year ago.
OSU and UT will be joined by Kansas’ Chris Gilbert, who earned an individual bid after his top-10 showing at the Big 12 Championship.
TCU will travel to Pullman, Wash. to play at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club. The Horned Frogs earned the No. 2 seed and enter the regional as the nation’s No. 4 ranked team. TCU is led by sophomore Julien Brun, the No. 4-ranked player in the latest poll and winner of three individual titles this season. The Frogs will be making their 24th consecutive postseason appearance under head coach Bill Montigel.
Joining TCU in the Pullman Regional is Baylor, who earned a No. 8 seed and will be making its 16th consecutive postseason appearance.
Oklahoma earned the No. 5 seed in the Tallahassee Regional, which will be played at Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club. The Sooners are coming off a third-place finish at the Big 12 Championship, their highest conference showing since 2006.
The Red Raiders of Texas Tech will compete as the No. 7 seed at the Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio, running their number of consecutive postseason appearances to 12.
Iowa State’s Scott Fernandez will compete as an individual in the Ohio State Regional, marking this second-consecutive postseason showing. The ISU star posted one of the best seasons in school history, recording a 71.11 stroke average, the best mark in Cyclone history.
At each of the six 54-hole regional tournaments taking place May 16-18, the lowest five teams and the low individual not on those teams will advance to the finals, slated for May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga.