hoThe 35th-ranked University of Minnesota men's golf team has received a bid to participate in the NCAA Central Regional at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., from May 17-19. The regional, hosted by Oklahoma State University, is one of three tournaments that will determine the participants for the 2001 NCAA Men's Golf Championships at the Duke University Golf Club in Durham, N.C., from May 30-June 2.
Minnesota is one of 27 teams in the Central Regional competing for 10 spots in the NCAA Championships. The Golden Gophers finished in fifth place at last year's regional tournament and advanced to their third consecutive NCAA Championships.
The field for the Central Regional is highlighted by defending NCAA Champion Oklahoma State, fifth-ranked Texas, 11th-ranked Augusta State, WAC Champion TCU and Big Ten Champion Northwestern. A total of 15 of the 27 squads in the tournament are ranked in the top 50 in the nation in the latest MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings.
Two other regionals also will take place on May 17-19 to determine NCAA Championships participants - the East at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club Williamsburg, Va., and the West at the Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore.
"Overall, we feel good about the balance in each region," said Bob Livingstone, NCAA Golf Committee chairman and men's coach at Long Beach State. `We did have to move some teams around, but we feel comfortable that we have a good balance in each region."
The participants for the Central Regional are listed below. East and West Regional selections can be found at www.ncaa.org.
CENTRAL REGIONAL PARTICIPANTS - May 17-19, Karsten Creek Golf Club, Stillwater, Okla.
TEAMS: Northwestern (Big Ten), Minnesota, Kent State (Mid American), Purdue, Ohio State, Toledo, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Tulsa, Wichita State (Missouri Valley), Arkansas State, Texas, TCU (Western Athletic), Houston (Conference USA), Southern Methodist, Baylor (Big 12), Arkansas-Little Rock (Sun Belt), Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas A&M, Augusta State, College of Charleston, North Florida, North Carolina, Lamar (Southland) and Jackson State (Southwestern).
INDIVIDUALS: Lee Curry, Miami, Ohio; Mark McBride, Missouri; Craig Lile, Arkansas; Nic Baker, Illinois State; Shad Muth, Texas-Arlington; Adrien Mork, McNeese State.