Men’s Golf Earns NCAA Tournament Bid

EAST LANSING — The Michigan State men’s golf team will take part in the NCAA Columbus Regional, it was announced on Wednesday evening when the NCAA released the entire 81-team field for the NCAA Championships. The Spartans are the No. 11 seed in the region, which will take place May 14-16 at the OSU Scarlet Course.

The Spartans are making their third consecutive NCAA Regional appearance.

“It’s always the number one goal in this program – to make the NCAA Tournament,” MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said. “I’m really proud of the guys. This team never gives up and that’s what got us in; we were resilient all year.

“Watching the selection show, we were nervous. But when we saw our name it was a pretty cool scene and it was fun to celebrate with the seniors. Like anything, you always think of the people that make this possible – alumni, donors, staff and everyone that has a hand in the program. I think we have the chance to make some noise in Columbus.”

The 13 teams competing in the Columbus Regional, listed in order of seed, include: 1. Oklahoma State, 2. Illinois, 3. Texas Tech, 4. UNLV , 5. Wake Forest, 6. Northwestern, 7. Penn State, 8. Tennessee, 9. Louisville, 10. Jacksonville, 11. Michigan State, 12. Yale, 13. Cleveland State.

There are six regionals in total, each containing 13 or 14 teams. The five other 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; 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.

The top five teams from each regional (30 total) and top individual not on an advancing team (six total) will move on to the national championships, May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The Spartans were one of five Big Ten teams to selected to compete in the NCAA Regionals, joining Illinois, Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue.

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