May 5, 2014 11:34 AM
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky men's golf team was selected to the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship for the eighth time in the Brian Craig era Monday morning, as the Wildcats made the field of 81 teams and will compete in the Raleigh Regional at the Lonnie Poole Golf Club in Raleigh, N.C., May 15-17.
"Raleigh is a great site for our team," Craig said. "The greens will be bent grass and that travel is not too far. The bottom line is you cannot schedule your way into the NCAA Championship. You have to execute and I can't wait for this team to have that opportunity. Let's go play."
The 13-team regional features one other team from the Southeastern Conference, Texas A&M. The remainder of the field includes Georgia Tech, Washington, Florida State, Mercer, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, South Alabama, Memphis, Minnesota, Rice and Bethune-Cookman.
Kentucky is coming off an eighth-place finish at the 2014 SEC Championship held at St. Simons Island, Ga . Junior David Snyder tied for fifth place with a 5-under par, 205, marking his second top-five finish and fourth top 10 finish of the season. His final round of 65 marked a season best. Senior Ben Stow tied for 26th at 1-over par, 211, while senior Cody Martin tied for 36th at 5-over par, 215. UK has won one tournament this season, while placing in the top five in seven of the team's 10 tournaments. Stow leads the team with a stroke average of 72.20 and five top 10 finishes. Senior Stephen Powers is second on the team with a scoring average of 72.40 to go with five top 10 finishes as well.
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 15-17. There will be 13 teams and 10 individuals not on those teams competing at each of three regionals, while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
The five other regional sites are: Auburn, Ala., Columbia, Mo., Sugar Grove, Ill., Eugene, Ore., and San Antonio, Texas. The finals will be held May 23-28 in Hutchinson, Kan., at Prairie Dunes Country Club. Wichita State is the host institution for the 2014 championships.
This marks the eighth postseason appearance for Kentucky under the direction of Craig. The Wildcats placed 10th in 2013 and 2006, ninth in 2009, 17th in 2008, tied for fourth in 2005, first in 2004 and sixth in 2003.
For more information on the University of Kentucky men's golf team please visit UKathletics.com and follow on Twitter @UKmensgolf.
2014 NCAA Championship - Raleigh Regional
May 15-17 - Raleigh, N.C.
Lonnie Poole Golf Club
1. Georgia Tech (Atlantic Coast Conference)
3. Florida State
4. Texas A&M
5. Mercer (Atlantic Sun)
7. Texas Tech
8. Wake Forest
9. South Alabama
11. Minnesota (Big Ten Conference)
12. Rice (Conference USA)
13. Bethune-Cookman (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
1. J.T. Poston, West Carolina
2. Evan Russell, Hartford
3. Franco Castro, UNC-Charlotte
4. Brandon Matthews, Temple
5. Richard Fountain, Davidson
6. Eric Brady, East Carolina
7. Andrew Dorn, Coastal Carolina
8. Ben Wheeler, Coastal Carolina
9. Sean Bosdosh, Maryland
10. Zach Seabolt, Winthrop