May 7, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern will make its 27th all-time appearance in NCAA postseason play this year after earning the No. 9 seed at the May 17-19 Bowling Green Regional to be held at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Ky.
The Wildcats have qualified for the NCAA Championships for the 13th time in head coach Pat Goss' 16-year tenure. NU has advanced out of Regional play to the NCAA National Championships seven times under Goss, most recently last season when an epic final round charge at the Colorado Regional sent NU into the top three and a berth at Karsten Creek, where the Wildcats would finish 22nd in the country.
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 17-19. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three Regionals while the other three (including Northwestern's) will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each Regional will advance to the NCAA National Championships May 29-June 3 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
The 14 teams at the Bowling Green Regional are: No. 3 UCLA, No. 11 Arkansas, No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 21 Clemson, No. 26 North Texas, No. 33 Chattanooga, No. 39 Memphis, No. 46 Virginia Tech, No. 51 Northwestern, No. 58 Iowa State, No. 67 Colorado State, No. 149 Jacksonville State, No. 143 Pennsylvania and No. 263 Alabama State. Teams are listed in the order they are seeded for the Regional; rankings are from Golfstat.com.
Northwestern is the No. 9 seed after advancing to the NCAA National Championships as the No. 10 seed in 2011 and the No. 9 seed in 2009.
Northwestern's 2011-12 season was highlighted by an exceptionally strong spring effort. NU began with its third-straight victory at the Big Ten Match Play Championship in February before a stroke play win at the Rice Intercollegiate. The Wildcats won against at the NYX Hoosier Invitational in early April. At the 2012 Big Ten Championships, NU recovered from a rough opening round to card the second-best team score in each of the subsequent three rounds, moving up the standings to a third-place finish.
Senior Eric Chun (Ansung City, South Korea/International Christian School) has had one of the better individual campaigns in recent Northwestern history, earning eight top-10 finishes with five top-2 efforts and a pair of stroke play victories at the Rice Intercollegiate and the NYX Hoosier Invitational. Chun was an All-Big Ten first team choice this year.
Classmate Sam Chien (San Diego, Calif./Mt. Carmel) has had by far the most consistent season of his career, capping it off with a stellar second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships.
For the complete list of six Regional sites and entrants into the field of the 115th NCAA Championships, link to NCAAsports.com.
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