Seven Big 12 Men's Golf Teams, Pair of Individuals Earn NCAA Regional Bids
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 05/07/2012
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The field has been set for the 2012 Division I Men's Golf Championships as seven Big 12 teams and two individuals earned bids to this year's regional tournaments. Of the six sites announced, the league will be represented in four different locations including Oklahoma hosting on its home course.

Leading the league is Texas who earned the top seed in the Norman Regional at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla. UT is the top-ranked team in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings (May 7) and is anchored by a a pair of Ben Hogan Award semifinalists and the No. 1 and 2 players per Golfweek in freshman Jordan Spieth and senior Dylan Frittelli. Texas has claimed seven tournament crowns this year, the most since the 1982-83 Longhorn squad accomplished the same feat.

Oklahoma will host its regional as the No. 5 seed as the Sooners join Texas in Norman. OU is making its second-straight NCAA Regional appearance and the berth marks its 40th postseason outing.

No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 10 Iowa State will head to Bowling Green, Ky. as the teams are slated to play at the The Club at Olde Stone. The Aggies, who were the Big 12's automatic qualifier into the championships, will be making their school-record 10th consecutive NCAA appearance and 29th overall.

Breaking a 13-year postseason drought, the Cyclones will join the Aggies in Kentucky. ISU, ranked 55th nationally by Golfweek/Sagarin, finished fourth or better in eight of 12 tournaments, including a title at the Bridgestone Collegiate.

Also joining the Aggies and Cyclones will be Missouri's Emilio Cuartero and Jace Long as the two earned individual bids to the tournament. The Tiger duo marks the seventh and eighth individual qualifiers for Mizzou in program history.

The Baylor men's golf squad earned its 15th-consecutive berth, as the Bears join No. 6 Oklahoma State in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the par-71, 6,687-yard University of Michigan Golf Course. It is the 17th NCAA Regional appearance for BU and the Bears have finished seventh or better in each of its last three NCAA Regional trips.

The Cowboys have captured three regional titles in a row and an NCAA-best nine crowns overall since 1989. Last year, OSU posted an 18-shot victory at the Colorado Regional. Oklahoma State has advanced to the NCAA Championship in all 65 years of the program's existence, which is also an NCAA record.

Texas Tech rounds out the league's teams as the No. 8 Red Raiders will compete in their 11th-straight NCAA Regional at Greensboro, N.C. TTU finished first at the regional tournament two years ago.

Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete in three regionals, while the other three sites will have 14 teams and five individuals not on qualifying squads. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary rounds of NCAA Championship competition.

Of the 54-hole regional tournaments taking place May 17-19, the lowest five teams and the low individual not on those teams will advance to the finals from each site. The 74th annual NCAA Finals will be May 29-June 3 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., with USC as the host institution.

Ann Arbor Regional - University of Michigan Golf Course - Hosted by the University of Michigan
5. Baylor
6. Oklahoma State

Bowling Green Regional - The Club at Olde Stone - Hosted by Western Kentucky
3. Texas A&M
10. Iowa State

Individuals
Emilio Cuartero, Missouri
Jace Long, Missouri

Greensboro Regional - Grandover Resort, East Course - Hosted by North Carolina-Greensboro
8. Texas Tech

Norman Regional - Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club - Hosted by University of Oklahoma
1. Texas
5. Oklahoma

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