Men's Golf Reaches 12th Straight Regional
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Men's Golf team earned a selection to its 12th consecutive NCAA Regional on Thursday afternoon, heading out to Aldarra Golf Club in Sammamish, Wash., as the No. 4 seed.
Since the 2006 NCAA postseason, Florida State has gone beyond regular-season golf and reached its way to a regional. The Sammamish Regional begins May 15-17 and once again places FSU out in the Great Northwest in the NCAA postseason. FSU ended its 2016 year in the final 30 of the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Ore.
This year's Men's Golf Championships will be broadcast for the fourth consecutive year by Golf Channel with more than 100 news and tournament hours planned again for the men's and women's golf championships. Thirty teams and six individuals will advance from regional sites to the national championships to be played May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
If Florida State finishes in the Top 5 of its NCAA Regional, it will advance to its sixth consecutive final 30 NCAA Championship. FSU's current run of five consecutive trips is the longest active streak in the ACC and tied for the sixth longest nationally.
FSU is one of 14 teams in its regional, joined by No. 1 seed USC, No. 2 Kent State, No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 5 Washington. Also in the group is Alabama (6), San Diego State (7), UTEP (8), Penn State (9), Michigan (10), Michigan State (11), Seattle (12), Marquette (13) and Bryant (14).
Eighty-one teams and 45 individuals were selected to compete in the six NCAA Men's Regional Championship sites, May 15-17 (13 teams and 10 individuals at three regionals and 14 teams and five individuals at three regionals).
The six regional sites include The Grove, College Grove, Tennessee, hosted by Middle Tennessee State University; Kampen Course, West Lafayette, Indiana, hosted by Purdue University; Stanford Golf Course, Stanford, California, hosted by Stanford University; University of Texas Golf Club, Austin, Texas, hosted by University of Texas at Austin; University Club, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hosted by LSU and Aldarra Golf Club, Sammamish, Washington, hosted by University of Washington.
The Seminoles enter the NCAA postseason as a Top 25 team, ranking 24th by Golfstat and 25th by Golfweek.
Redshirt senior and Jack Nicklaus Award semifinalist Cristobal Del Solar has been a big reason for FSU's success this season. He leads the Seminoles with an average score of 70.58 and owns a first-place finish at the Cabarrus County Irish Creek Intercollegiate.
Redshirt junior Harry Ellis and sophomore Bennett Baker have stepped up their games to aid the Seminoles. Ellis has two Top 10 finishes and is second on FSU with an average score of 71.53. Baker is shooting even vs. par this year, with nine of his 14 rounds played being at par or better.
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