Augusta Menís Golf selected to 20th NCAA Regional Appearance

Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations
          Release: 05/05/2016
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Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations

NORFOLK, Va. – The Augusta University Men’s Golf team was selected to compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional, beginning Monday, May 16 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., hosted by Oklahoma State University.

The Jaguars return to Karsten Creek Golf Club for the first time since June 2001 when they won their second consecutive National Championship by defeating Georgia, 3-2, in the Match Play Finals.

The selection for Augusta is the 20th in the programs history (1993-95, 1998-2005, 2007-2012, and 2014-16).

The field for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships consists of 81 qualifying schools, which includes 31 conference automatic qualifiers, 50 teams selected at-large and 45 individuals not on those teams. 

Augusta earned an automatic qualifier to the regional after they claimed the top five spots individually to win their second consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship with a commanding 30-under par performance on Saturday at Crosswinds Golf Club in Savannah, Ga.

This season in 2015-16 Augusta ranked as high as No. 29 in the nation, finished top 10 in all 12 events on the season and had eight top-five finishes. Head Coach Jack O'Keefe and the Jaguars took home the team title at the NC State WolfPack on Oct. 6, 2015 and the MEAC Championship April 23, 2016.

­Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 16-18.  Thirteen teams and ten 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. Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 27-June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon.  The University of Oregon is the host institution for the 2016 championships.

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