The Colorado men's golf team has returned to familiar territory.

Now, the goal for the Buffaloes is to break some new ground.

Beginning Monday, the Buffs will play in the three-day, 54-hole NCAA Central/Purdue Regional at the Kampen Course at the Birck/Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Ind.

CU has advanced to regionals for the fifth straight year and for the 21st time in 29 years of regional play. The Buffs haven't advanced past the regionals since 2002, however, and can end the drought with a top-five finish this week.

Coming off a disappointing seventh-place finish at the Pac-12 Championship last month, head coach Roy Edwards because his team is ready to challenge for a top five spot in regionals.

"Every team has highs and lows during the season, and I do feel like we're coming out of a low," Edwards told CUBuffs.com. "I've seen a lot of good things going on, and we need to put it together for regionals. There's no doubt this team is capable of advancing to the finals and we're looking forward to the opportunity to do so."

Ranked No. 32 in the nation by GolfStat (No. 26 by Golfweek), the Buffs are the No. 6 seed in the regional field. This is CU's highest seed since the regionals went to six sites in 2009.

A list of the 13 teams competing in the Purdue Regional:

1. Florida
2. Illinois
3. UNLV
4. Auburn
5. South Carolina
6. Colorado
7. Purdue
8. New Mexico
9. Augusta
10.


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Saint Mary's College of California
11. Campbell
12. Richmond
13. Cleveland State

Edwards is excited about CU's chances of playing well on the 7,411-yard, par-72 links-style course, which is considered one of the best collegiate courses in the country.

"Kampen is a tremendous test of golf; you have to manage your mistakes," Edwards said. "There will be times when you're going to hit into a lot of tough spots, and when that happens, you need to keep it to a bogey when chances are a big number can happen. My guess is that almost every hole you make par will gain you shots on the field; most holes are going to play over par. You need to be smart but not defensive, have confidence and believe in yourself."

Here's a look at the five players representing the Buffs:

Ethan Freeman, Sr.: Second on the team with a 72.00 stroke average (behind senior Jeremy Paul, who has turned pro and won't play this week). Has posted two top-five finishes and six top-10s this year. At regionals last year, he tied for 34th.

Spencer Painton, Jr.: In 31 rounds this year, Painton has posted a 73.84 average. At the Pac-12 Championship, he finished in a tie for 20th (tie with Freeman to lead CU).

Yannik Paul, Jr.: His 72.21 average this year is second among the group playing this week. During his career, he has four top-five and eight top-10 finishes to his credit. Took last year off, but tied for 21st at the regionals in 2015.

John Souza, Jr.: Has posted a stroke average of 73.32 this year, including 73.11 during the spring. After a tough start to regionals last year, he played well in the final two rounds to finish 53rd. Also finished strong at the Pac-12 Championship last month.

Victor Bjorlow, Fr.: Played his way into the lineup with a strong finish to the Pac-12 Championship, firing a 70 in the final round. Has posted a 74.41 scoring average this season, and won the Colorado Mines Writz Invitational in March.

"We've got a lot of experience," Edwards said. "Even though Victor has just come into the lineup, he has a lot of experience playing golf around the world. It's a group of guys who really enjoy each other and playing together, and any of these players can play well at any time."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.