Wildcats Headed to Raleigh for NCAA Regional
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Fresh off its first conference championship in 50 years, Davidson received the Atlantic 10's automatic berth to play in the 2018 NCAA Men's Golf Regional at Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh May 14-16.
The Wildcats and members of the Davidson Community gathered in the Harry L. Vance Athletic Center's Red Ventures Athletics Club, as the tournament field was unveiled Wednesday live on the Golf Channel.
"I am so proud of our team," said Tim Straub, the A-10 Coach of the Year. "It is very gratifying to see all of their hard work this entire year pay off with our first A-10 conference title. The guys played some terrific golf at the conference tournament and hopefully this momentum will carry over to NCAA Regionals. We are all very excited for this next challenge."
The NCAA Division I Men's Golf Regional is a preliminary round of the NCAA Division I Men's Championship. Each Regional will consist of a 54-hole tournament with 13 or 14 teams and 10 individual players. The low five teams and low individual not included on those five teams will advance to the NCAA Championship that runs May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Davidson, which is making its first-ever NCAA appearance as a team, captured the 2018 Atlantic 10 Championship Sunday by six shots over preseason favorite Dayton.
In addition, Mike Blasey finished the three-day event at 218 (+2) to win medalist. The second straight (Jack Lang - 2017) Wildcat to bring home the individual crown, Blasey is the eighth golfer in program history to win a conference championship.
Freshman Alex Ross finished third to earn Most Outstanding Rookie (Championship) and A-10 Rookie of the Year, while Hoke Carlton joined his teammates in the Top-10, finishing eighth.
Lang, who leads the team with a 73.96 stroke average, was selected all-conference for the second consecutive season.
"Obviously winning conference and competing at NCAA Regionals as an individual last year was amazing," commented Lang. "But winning as a team and watching Mike [Blasey] grab the title is just a whole other level of excitement. I can't wait to compete at regionals with this group of guys. It's going to be unreal fun."
Sophomore Michael Freeman was also in Davidson's lineup this past weekend, which included a final three-over 75.
"We are extremely excited for this opportunity," Freeman said. "Winning conference and advancing to regionals has been a goal for us since the fall, and we are looking forward to competing for a chance to go to nationals."
The six regional sites include RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA: Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Raleigh, North Carolina; North Carolina State University, host; BRYAN, TEXAS: Traditions Club, Bryan Texas; Texas A&M University, host; COLUMBUS, OHIO: Scarlet Course/OSU Golf Course, Columbus, Ohio; The Ohio State University, host; KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA: Reunion Resort, Kissimmee, Florida; University of Central Florida, host; NORMAN, OKLAHOMA: Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, Norman, Oklahoma; University of Oklahoma, host; and STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA: The Reserve at Spanos Park, Stockton, California; University of the Pacific, host.
This year's Men's Golf Championships will be broadcast for the fifth consecutive year by the Golf Channel with more than 100 news and tournament hours planned again for the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Golf Championships.