The University of Colorado men's golf team was invited to the NCAA Championships for the sixth straight season Thursday, as the Buffaloes will participate in the West Regional beginning Monday, May 14, in Stockton, Calif.
Colorado, ranked No. 42 in the nation (GolfStat; No. 44 Golfweek) is the No. 7 seed in the regional, its second-highest after securing a No. 6 seed last year since the regionals went to six sites in 2009. The six straight years is the second-most in CU history, trailing only a seven year span (1989-95).
“We are very excited to be headed to California for the NCAA Regional at Stockton,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said. “It was the region we were hoping to go to. You're excited that you make it, because it's not always easy to make the field, but that is where we wanted to go if we had to choose. We don't know much about the course, so we'll gather information in the coming days.”
This is the 21st time that Colorado or one of its players will compete in regional play, but just the third time west of the Central Time Zone. CU competed in Daly City west of San Francisco in 2009, and Edwards escorted an individual the following year.
LSU, ranked sixth nationally, is the top seed in the West Regional, followed by No. 7 Alabama, No. 18 Stanford, No. 19 Southern California, No. 30 Oregon, No. 31 TCU, No. 42 Colorado, No. 43 Kansas, No. 54 Kennesaw State, No. 55 Iowa State, No. 94 UNC-Greensboro, No. 135 UC Irvine and No. 193 North Dakota State; the latter three teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference championships. The 13-team field will compete at The Reserve at Spanos Park, a 7,239-yard, par-72 links-style layout that features rye grass fairways and A-4 Bent greens that opened in 1999.
The Buffs have lined up this year 14 times against teams in the West Regional, going 7-7, but own a 27-16-2 mark in individual rounds. CU has been in tournaments with Stanford (1-2), USC (1-2), Oregon (1-2), TCU (1-1), Kansas (2-0) and UC Irvine (1-0), but only Stanford holds an edge in individual rounds, and its slim at that (4-5-1). On the season, CU is 127-51-5 against Division I competition, the 70.8 winning percentage at present in line to be the best in team history.
Edwards has finalized his squad for the regional, and will bring three seniors, Spencer Painton, Yannik Paul and John Souza and two sophomores, Ross Macdonald and Daniel O'Loughlin. All competed in the Pac-12's, where Macdonald and Paul tied for second, with Souza tying for 16th, O'Loughlin for 27th and Painton for 55th.