For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Colorado men’s golf team will compete in the NCAA regionals.
On Thursday, the Buffs’ invitation became official as the team earned the No. 11 seed for a regional tournament at the Ol’ Colony Golf Complex in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Buffs also traveled to Alabama two years ago for a regional tournament at Auburn. The three-round competition begins May 16.
The Buffs received the final at-large bid available for regional play. CU is seeking its first berth in the NCAA championship since 2002.
“We are obviously excited and relieved at the same time,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said in a press release. “I felt we were in but wasn’t sure how close it would be in the end. This has been a big goal of the team this year to make the NCAA’s, especially since we lost two of our top players from last year and had several new guys on the roster.”
CU is coming off a performance at the Pac-12 Conference championships in which the Buffs finished in a tie for sixth. Junior Jeremy Paul led the way by tying for seventh — the best finish for a CU golfer since the Buffs joined the league.
Paul leads CU with a 70.46 stroke average, a mark that ranks fifth in the league, and earned second team All-Pac-12 honors on Thursday.
The top five teams, in addition to the top individual who does not play for those top five teams, advance from each of six regional sites to the NCAA finals, which begin May 27 in Eugene, Ore.
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