INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Virginia Tech golf team has received an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. The Hokies will compete May 17-19, 2012 as the eighth seed in the Bowling Green Regional at the Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Ky., hosted by Western Kentucky University.
This will be the Hokies’ sixth consecutive NCAA appearance and their 14th all-time appearance in the NCAA Championship. Tech was the seventh seed in the East Regional last season and finished sixth in the event at the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech.
"It is an honor to represent Virginia Tech in the NCAA Championship and we are excited to be playing in the South Central Regional at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Ky," head coach Jay Hardwick said. "The fact that we have received an at-large bid for the sixth straight year is a testament to where our program has come in recent years. It is also a tribute to the strength of golf in the ACC that eight of the 11 teams were selected for post-season play."
Virginia Tech finished in the top 10 of 10 of its 11 events this season, including five top five finishes. The Hokies enter the regionals ranked 46th nationally by Golfstat.com and 50th nationally by the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
Virginia Tech is one of eight Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the regionals and one of two ACC teams competing at Bowling Green, along with Clemson. Tech and the Tigers tied for fourth in the 2012 ACC Men’s Golf Championship in April.
UCLA is the number-one seed in Bowling Green, followed by Arkansas, Texas A&M, Clemson and North Texas. There are six regional sites. Three sites, including Bolwing Green, have 14 teams and five individuals, while the other three sites have 13 teams and 10 individuals. The top five teams from each site advance to the NCAA Championship, along with the low individual from each site not on an advancing team. The championship rounds will be played at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Ca.., May 29 - June 3.
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