JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 8, 2006) - For the 11th-ranked ETSU men's golf team, the road to the NCAA Championships will take the Buccaneers west.
On Monday, the NCAA utilized a teleconference call to announce regional pairings for the east, central and west regions, which act as qualifiers for the NCAA Championships - the top 10 teams in each region make up the final field in the national tournament. For the first time, the Buccaneers - who earned their bid thanks to a strong national ranking - will play in a region other than the east, traveling to play in the NCAA West Regional May 18-20 at the Omni Tucson National Golf Club.
"I think with the selection process this year there is a lot more parity," said ETSU head coach Fred Warren, whose team has reached regional play 14 times since the NCAA instituted the format in 1989. "They shifted some really good teams like
The Bucs will also have the motivation of having just missed out on an NCAA Championship trip last season, when the team finished 13th in the east region after entering the final day of play in sixth. ETSU junior Rhys Davies (Bridgend,
ETSU has a strong history of NCAA success, having reached regional play in 14 of the last 18 years, and having reached the NCAA Championship 14 times in the history of the program. In fact, the Bucs enjoyed national finishes as high as sixth in 1975, third in 1996 and ninth in 2001.
"We feel like we play better on tougher courses,"
The teams selected for the west region include (by seed): 1. Florida, 2. Arizona State, 3. Brigham Young, 4. East Tennessee State, 5. Baylor, 6. Alabama, 7. Arizona; 8. San Diego State, 9. North Carolina State, 10.
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