There was never any doubt that the Colorado men's golf team would land a spot in the NCAA regionals.
Nevertheless, announcement day comes with a bit of nerves until it's official.
"It always creates a little bit of anxiety, even though you know 100 percent that you're in the field," Buffaloes head coach Roy Edwards said.
On Thursday, the NCAA announced the pairings for regionals, with the Buffs, ranked No. 32 nationally by GolfStat (No. 26 by Golfweek), heading to the Central/Purdue Regional in West Lafayette, Ind.
This is the fifth consecutive season that the Buffs have been included in the regional field — the second-longest streak in CU history.
"We're excited about it," Edwards said. "It's like the season starts over."
The 54-hole Central Regional will be held at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, the home course of Purdue, beginning May 15.
The top five teams in the regional will advance to the NCAA Championship. CU last reached the NCAA Championship in 2002 and is the No. 6 seed going in. Florida is No. 1, followed by Illinois, UNLV, Auburn and South Carolina. Host Purdue is No. 7.
Edwards said he isn't worried about other teams in the field, however.
"I don't really look at the other teams that much," he said. "I'm really more focused on what we have control over, and that's our preparation and our game."
CU is coming off a disappointing seventh-place finish at the Pac-12 Championship last weekend at Boulder Country Club. While the Buffs weren't pleased with that performance, it's now a source of confidence for Edwards.
"(Regionals) is going to be a very similar tournament to what we just played," Edwards said. "We didn't play particularly well and finished seventh, so that gives me a lot of optimism on playing well and being able to advance."
One difference is that each team in regionals will send five players, with four scores counting. In the Pac-12 championship, teams had six players, with five scores counting. Edwards believes it could benefit the Buffs to shorten their lineup a bit in the regional field, and added that he will finalize the lineup in the next week.
Edwards is also eager to get on the course, which is on a 7,411-yard, par-72 links-style layout. It ranks as one of the toughest courses in Indiana and as one of the best collegiate courses in the nation.
"It's a really good location for us," Edwards said. "I think it's probably the best location we could go to. It's a hard golf course, and it has more to do with the golf course than where it is. I've been there a few times and it's really difficult. I think that fits our team pretty well, for the type of players that we are."
CU's No. 6 regional ranking is its highest since the field was spread into six regionals in 2009.