The No. 11 Texas A&M men’s golf team was selected as the No. 4 seed at the NCAA Regional in Raleigh, N.C., the selection committee announced Monday morning while revealing the complete field for the 2014 Men's DI Golf Championships.
The Aggies will be making their school-record 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance as well as their 41st overall showing in the NCAA field. Play at the Raleigh regional will take play May 15-17 on the Lonnie Poole Golf Course, which serves as the home of the North Carolina State golf teams and opened play during the summer of 2009. The 7,350-yard, par-71 public course was designed by Palmer Course Design Company.
“We’re always excited this time of year,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “Everything starts fresh. It doesn’t matter what you did in your last tournament or really all season, it comes down to these next two events and playing your best golf. We’re really fired up to get back out there and have another great regional showing.”
ACC Champion Georgia Tech is the top seed among the 14-team regional field in Raleigh, followed by Washington, Florida State, Texas A&M, Mercer, Kentucky, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, South Alabama, Memphis, Minnesota, Rice and Bethune-Cookman.
The tournament will consist of 54 holes of stroke play, with 18 holes each day. The top five teams in the regional advance to nationals, scheduled for May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. Additionally, the highest-placing individual who is not a member of an advancing team will also earn a trip to the NCAA Championship.
“I think our region probably has the deepest field,” Higgins added. “If you look at Minnesota being an 11 seed and winning the Big 10, Texas Tech playing great at the Big 12 Championship and the kind of season Mercer has put together, there are really eight or nine teams that feel like they've got a great chance to advance. We’re going to have to play really great golf to make it to the national championship, but that is always the case this time of year.”
Texas A&M enters the postseason ranked No. 11 in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin poll and No. 13 in the May 1 edition of the Golf World/Nike Golf Division I College Coaches’ Poll.
Five other sites will host regionals, including Auburn, Ala. (Auburn University Club), Columbia, Mo. (The Club at Old Hawthorne), Eugene, Ore. (Eugene Country Club), San Antonio, Texas (Briggs Ranch Golf Club) and Sugar Grove, Ill. (Rich Harvest Farms).
A&M is one of 12 SEC schools to make the field, joining Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.