May 10, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern will make its 25th all-time appearance in NCAA postseason play this year after earning the No. 9 seed at the May 20-22 Notre Dame Regional to be held at the Warren Golf Course.
The Wildcats have qualified for the NCAA Championships for the 11th time in head coach Pat Goss' 14-year tenure. NU has advanced out of Regional play to the NCAA National Championships six times under Goss, making its most recent appearance in 2009.
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 20-22. 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.
The finals will be conducted June 1-6 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the host institution for this year's championships.
The 14 teams at the Notre Dame Regional are: No. 2 Stanford, No. 15 Florida, No. 10 Florida State, No. 23 Duke, No. 26 LSU, No. 36 N.C. State, No. 39 Iowa, No. 47 Michigan, No. 50 Northwestern, No. 60 Indiana, No. 62 Virginia Tech, No. 120 Murray State, No. 138 Detroit and No. 282 St. Francis (Pa.). Teams are listed in the order they are seeded for the Regional; rankings are from Golfstat.com.
For the second-straight year, Northwestern enters the Regional as the No. 9 seed. The Wildcats advanced to the NCAA National Championships from that position last year at the South Central Regional hosted by Oklahoma State, finishing tied for fourth place to move on.
Also for the second-consecutive season, NU has the reigning Big Ten individual champion in its lineup entering NCAA play. Junior David Lipsky (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) earned medalist honors last weekend to follow in the footsteps of current sophomore Eric Chun (Ansung City, South Korea/International Christian School), who was the 2009 champ.
As a team, Northwestern has had a very strong spring season, beginning with a title at the 2010 Big Ten Match Play Championship. The Wildcats finished in the top half of all of their stroke play tournaments, including a program-best fourth at the very tough Puerto Rico Classic. At the Big Ten Championships, Northwestern made a huge charge on the final day to cut into the massive lead built by eventual champion Illinois before placing third overall in the conference.
For the complete list of six Regional sites and entrants into the field of the 113th NCAA Championships, link to ncaasports.com.
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