May 6, 2013
The NCAA announced today that University of Minnesota senior Erik Van Rooyen has been awarded an individual berth in one of six Men’s Regional Golf Tournaments, played May 16-18 around the country.
Van Rooyen, who will be making his third trip to the NCAA Regionals, will represent the Gophers in the Ohio State Regional at the Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. He finished in a tie for 19th place at the Ann Arbor Regional last season and in a tie for 51st place as a sophomore at the San Diego Regional.
Van Rooyen, who was recently named Second Team All-Big Ten and to the All-Big Ten Championship team, is coming off of his third consecutive top-10 finish at the Big Ten Championships after tying for second place April 26-28 in French Lick, Ind. He finished alone in seventh place as a junior and also earned All-Big Ten Championship Tournament Team honors following a third place finish as a sophomore.
A native of Oudtshoorn, South Africa, Van Rooyen led the Gophers in the fall and spring seasons in stroke average at 73.53 and 72.88, respectively. He will head into the regional with a current career average of 73.55, which is the eighth-lowest in Gopher Golf history. He has 10-career top 10 finishes, including five this season.
A total of 13 teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals while the other three regionals 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 finals. The finals will be conducted May 28-June 2, at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga.
NCAA Ohio State Regional Teams in order of Seeding: 1- New Mexico, 2- Stanford, 3- Auburn, 4- South Carolina, 5- Missouri, 6- UNLV, 7- Texas Tech, 8- Chattanooga, 9- Georgia Southern, 10- San Francisco, 11- Virginia, 12- Charlotte, 13- Valparaiso
NCAA Ohio State Regional Individuals: Scott Fernandez (Iowa State), Robin Sciot Siegrist (Louisville), Chris Selfridge (Toledo), Charlie Bull (Akron), Adam Schenk (Purdue), Matthew Mosley (Michigan State), Nathan Kerns (Marshall), Erik Van Rooyen (Minnesota), Korey Ward (Xavier) and David Tepe (Cincinnati).
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