The Gamecocks received the No. 4 seed and will compete against 12 teams on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club. Ten individuals will also play for medalist honors. Five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each of the six regional sites will advance to the NCAA Championship, which will be held on May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga.
“We are excited to finally know where we are going to be traveling to compete for regionals,” South Carolina head coach Bill McDonald said. “The Scarlet Course is a good setup for us. You have to drive the ball really well. It should be a good fit for our team based on my experience there.”
Carolina is one of 13 SEC programs to receive a bid and one of three in the Columbus Regional. Of the 13 teams slated to compete in Columbus, eight are ranked in the Golfstat Top 50. No. 6 New Mexico is the top seed, followed by No. 8 Stanford, No. 18 Auburn, the Gamecocks, No. 29 Missouri, No. 35 UNLV, No. 41 Texas Tech and No. 44 Chattanooga. Georgia Southern, San Francisco, Virginia, Charlotte and Valparaiso round out the field.
The Gamecocks, who are making their 21st NCAA Regional appearance and their 16th in the last 17 years, will enter the regional with momentum after finishing runner-up to second-ranked Alabama at the SEC Championship. Carolina is looking to advance to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2009 and the 17th time overall.
Clemson was one of 14 teams selected to play in the NCAA Men’s Golf Regional Tournament at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, AZ on Monday night. Larry Penley’s Tigers are the number-five seed in the field. The top five teams after three days of competition May 16-18, will advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Alpharetta, GA May 28-June 2.
Joining Clemson in Tempe are UCLA (1), Duke (2), Georgia (3), Texas A&M (4), Vanderbilt (6), Central Florida (7), North Carolina (8), Arizona State (9), Kennesaw State (10), Arizona (11), Austin Peay (12), New Mexico State (13) and Lehigh (14).
“Anywhere you go it is going to be a competitive site,” said Penley, who has taken Clemson to the NCAA Tournament all 30 years he has been Clemson’s Head Coach. “We are going to have to play well. But, when you look at the field, only UCLA is a West Coast team among the top eight seeds. It will be an advantage for Arizona State and Arizona because they are familiar with the course. It should be a terrific tournament.
“At least we should get some good weather,” joked Penley, as the weather in the Southeast of late has not been golf friendly. “It will be a long trip for our young team (three freshman starters), but it should be fun. I don’t believe we have played in a tournament in Arizona before.”
But, Clemson has played a course called Karsten previously. When Clemson won the National Championship in 2003, it was held at Oklahoma State on the Karsten Creek Golf Course.
This is the 32nd consecutive year the Clemson program has been selected for the NCAA Men’s Golf Tournament, the 30th consecutive year under Penley. It is the longest streak of consecutive NCAA team tournament appearances in Clemson sports history. Only Oklahoma State (66) has a longer streak among Division I golf programs.
Coastal Carolina earned an automatic spot in the field by virtue of winning the Big South Championship. The Chanticleers were assigned to the regional at LSU.