May 7, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS - Fresh off its seventh Atlantic 10 Championship, the Charlotte Men's Golf team will begin NCAA Tournament play at the Columbus, Ohio Regional.

Xavier's Korey Ward will join his A-10 counterparts in Columbus, earning an individual bid.  Richmond's Daniel Walker also earned an individual bid and will compete in the Tallahassee Regional.  

The 49ers will be taking part in their ninth-straight regional, this year by virtue of the automatic bid awarded for winning the Atlantic 10 Championship, their seventh title in eight season of league membership.

Ward has a 71.8 stroke average for the year and has three top-5 finishes for the XU.  Ward shot a five-under-par 67 during the final round of the A-10 Championship, helping him finish fourth with a four-under-par 212. Ward also earned All-Atlantic 10 Conference honors.

The regional will be contested at The OSU Golf Club Scarlet Course, which has hosted 10 NCAA National Championships and two NCAA Women's Tournaments, and features a Par-71, 7,455-yard layout. Joining Charlotte at the Columbus Regional will be top-seeded New Mexico, second seeded Stanford, third-seeded Auburn, as well as South Carolina, Missouri, UNLV, Texas Tech, Chattanooga, Georgia Southern, South Florida, Virginia and Valparaiso.

Walker joined Ward on the A-10 All-Conference Team after finishing the season with a 72.9 stroke average, five top-10 finishes and six sub-par rounds.  The regional will take place at the Gold Eagle Golf and Country Club.  The course sprawls 6,965 yards from the back tees. It was rated "the most challenging course in Florida" by the United States Golf Association just six months after opening in December 1986.

Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 16-18. There will be 13 teams and 10 individuals not on those teams competing 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.

The finals will be conducted May 28-June 2, at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Tech is the host institution for this year's championships.

Texas won the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship. The Longhorns defeated Alabama 3-2 in the final round of match-play competition. At the end of three rounds of stroke play, Thomas Pieters, from Illinois shot a 5-under-par 208 to capture the individual title. The tournament was held at The Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles and was hosted by Southern California.