May 15, 2014, 9:13 AM EDT
Both the College of Charleston men’s golf team and Towson freshman Juan Veloza will play in the 2014 NCAA Women’s Golf Regionals, which begins today, May 15th. The Cougars are playing in the San Antonio Regional (Texas) at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club, while Veloza will be participating as an individual at the Sugar Grove Regional (Illinois) at the Rich Harvest Farms Course.
The top 5 teams and the low individual not on those teams from each of the six regional sites will then move on to the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship hosted by Wichita State on May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
Twice named CAA Men’s Golfer of the Week and leading the Cougars to a conference title in their inaugural year as members of the CAA, Alex Ellis is the lone senior on CofC’s NCAA lineup card and the only golfer on the squad to play in all 11 tournaments of the season. For his career, he has made seven Top-10 finishes and was honored on the All-Southern Conference Team and played in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional as an individual during his junior campaign in 2013.
He will be joined this weekend by Munroe, sophomore John Jonas, sophomore Josh Lorenzetti and freshman William Rainey. Jonas was tabbed 2014 CAA Men’s Golfer of the Year, while McEntire was CAA Coach of the Year. The squad is looking to make more history in their first postseason appearance in 11 years.
The course will play at 7,247 yards and the 54-hole regional championship site hosted by the University of Texas, San Antonio, begins tomorrow with the opening round. The Cougars are making their fourth all-time NCAA Regionals appearance next to 2001, 2002 and 2003.
No. 6-ranked Georgia (SEC) is the top seed in a competitive 13-team regional field which also includes No. 7 UCF (American), UCLA (Pac-12), No. 19 Vanderbilt (SEC), South Florida (American), SMU (American), Georgia Southern (Southern), Georgia State (Sun Belt), TCU (Big 12), VCU (Atlantic 10) and Columbia (Ivy League).
CofC is the No. 11 seed and was last an NCAA Finalist in 2001, after finishing fourth at the NCAA Central Regional hosted by Oklahoma State at the Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla. They were seeded 13th out of the 30 teams which advanced to play for the national title that same year at the Duke University Golf Club in Durham, N.C.
In their other previous NCAA Regional appearances, the Cougars finished tied for 13th at the NCAA East Regional hosted by Georgia Tech in 2002 in Roswell, Ga., and tied for 13th at the NCAA East Regional hosted by Auburn in 2003 in Auburn, Ala.
The Cougars will be paired with Northwestern and VCU and will tee off of No. 10 in tomorrow’s opening round at 9:10 a.m. (CT) / 10:10 a.m. (ET).
Veloza, the CAA medalist, will tee off the first hole at 11:01 a.m. EST on the Rich Harvest Farms Course. The five individuals in the field are Veloza, Niall Platt of Notre Dame, Chris O’Neill of Michigan, Danny Pizetoski of Richmond and Rob van de Vin of IUPUI.
Three teams in the field at Rich Harvest Farms are currently in the GolfStat national top-20, led by seventh-ranked Illinois. No. 11 UAB and No. 13 California are in the field, which also includes: Southern California, UNLV, Clemson, Mid-American Conference champion Kent State, Purdue, Mississippi State, Big West champion Cal State Fullerton, Western Athletic Conference champion New Mexico State, Ohio Valley Conference champion Jacksonville State, Horizon League champion Cleveland State and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Saint Peter’s.
Opened in 1997, Rich Harvest Farms is playing this weekend at 7,151 yards and a par-72. Rich Harvest Farms is hosting its second NCAA Division I Men’s Regional after hosting in 2007. It also hosted the 2009 Solheim Cup and will host the Palmer Cup in 2015 and the LPGA International Crown in 2016. Rich Harvest Farms was rated No. 58 on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses for 2011-12.
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