Alabama Regional

What: NCAA Southeast/Alabama Regional.

When: Monday through Wednesday, 18 holes each day.

Where: Ol' Colony Golf Course, 7,512-yard, par-72, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Notable: Colorado, ranked No. 66 in the nation (GolfStat; No. 67 Golfweek), is the No. 11 seed in the field. The top five teams and the top individual finisher who does not play for those top five teams will advance to the NCAA finals.

The University of Colorado men's golf team reached its fourth consecutive NCAA regional by the narrowest of margins, receiving the final at-large bid for all of regional play.

A slim entrant or not, CU is in. And when the Southeast/Alabama Regional tees off Monday, the Buffs believe they will be able to take advantage of being on equal footing with the rest of the 13-team field.

The three-round tournament will be held at the Ol' Colony Golf Complex in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The top five teams and the top individual finisher who does not play for those top five teams will advance to the NCAA finals, which begin May 27 in Eugene, Ore.

"We achieved our season goal by making regionals," CU junior Jeremy Paul said. "Every team is at zero and we're ready to go. A lot of people probably didn't expect us to make it, but I think if we have three good days we can be right there."


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Paul boasts the bulk of postseason experience in the CU lineup, having finished in a tie for 39th at last year's regional (plus-9) and tying for 28th as a freshman (plus-7).

Paul will look to improve those marks while continuing his standout campaign in Alabama. The junior leads the Buffs with a 70.46 scoring average and is coming off a Pac-12 Conference tournament in which he finished in a tie for seventh. Paul has logged seven top-10 finishes this year, including wins at the season-opening Ballyneal Challenge and the Wyoming Cowboy Classic.

Philip Juel-Berg, CU's No. 2 player with a 72.11 scoring average, also finished in a tie for 39th last year.

"Jeremy had another good week (at the Pac-12 tournament)," CU head coach Roy Edwards said. "It's been big for us seeing Jeremy develop as a player and being very consistent. You've got to have great players, and he's on his way to being one of the very best. He's obviously going to be a huge part of what our team does (at regionals).

"We're going down there fully expecting to compete and make it to the finals."

While the Buffs finished in a tie for sixth in the team race at the Pac-12 championships, Edwards is confident the rugged league field has the Buffs properly prepared for the task at hand. Among the six regional tournaments, the Pac-12 collected two No. 1 seeds (Stanford and USC) along with a No. 2 seed (Arizona State) and No. 3 seed (Cal).

"It was a solid week (at the Pac-12 tournament). We had one bad round and one solid round in the final round," Edwards said. "We played one of our best rounds of the year in that last one when we needed it the most. That was huge for our team. An upper-division finish in our league is nothing to be ashamed of at all."