May 10, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico men's golf team has been selected as the No. 9 seed in the NCAA Washington Regional Championship Tournament, the NCAA Division I men's golf committee announced Monday. The Washington Regional Tournament will be held at the Gold Mountain Golf Club, Bremerton, Wash., May 20-22. Bremerton is located five miles west of Seattle.
The Washington regional is one of six regional tournaments. The top five teams from each of the regional tournaments (54 holes each) and the low individual not a member of those teams will advance to the NCAA Championship on June 1-6 at The Honors Course near Chattanooga, Tenn.
"It's good to see the team's hard work pay off with a bid to the regional," Lobos; coach Glen Millican said. "We're looking forward to the trip to Seattle."
Fittingly, No. 4-ranked and PAC-10 Conference Champion Washington is hosting the regional and is the tournament's No. 1 seed. The Huskies are joined by three other conference champions in the field of 13, including Mountain West Conference titlists and 26th-ranked Colorado State, the No. 6 seed. Big Ten champs and 11th-ranked Illinois is the No. 3 seed, while Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champs Loyola (Maryland) is the No. 13 seed.
The Lobos are ranked No. 53 in Monday's Golfweek/Sagarin National Collegiate Team Golf Ratings.
Southern California, ranked No. 10, is the second seed at the Washington regional. The rest of the field includes No. 25 Oregon State, No. 32 San Diego, No. 41 Middle Tennessee State, No. 44 SMU, No. 56 Fresno State, No. 64 Eastern Michigan and No. 75 Virginia Commonwealth.
New Mexico at Regional Tournament Play
The Lobos have qualified for the regional round of the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship every year but once (2008) since the NCAA introduced the format in 1989. New Mexico has won a regional tournament once, tying Washington at the 2002 West Regional title at the UNM Championship Golf Course.
The Lobos finished sixth last season at the San Francisco Regional, one stroke behind the Trojans for fifth and a bit to the NCAA Championship Tournament.
The Lobos have had two individual wins at regionals as well. Michael Letzig shot a 69-68-71=208 to win the 2003 West Regional played at Auburn, Washington. Mike Sauer shot a 68-69-71=208 to win the 1995 NCAA West Regional played at the UNM Championship Golf Course.
New Mexico at Gold Mountain Golf Club
The Lobos last played at the Gold Mountain Golf Club on Sept. 28, 2009, at the prestigious PING/Golfweek Invitational, finishing sixth in a field that included 15-team field selected to preview June's National Championship tournament field.
New Mexico finished ahead of a number of teams ranked in the Golfweek Top 50 at the time, including then-No. 4 Chattanooga, No. 14 USC, No. 16 Alabama, No. 31 Kent State and No. 35 Indiana. Also among the teams the Lobos finished higher than are all three Mountain West Conference foes in the field - No. 29 UNLV, No. 34 Colorado State and TCU.