State, making its first NCAA appearance in three seasons, will be among 13 teams teeing off in the three-round event at the par-72, 7,700-yard University Club. The field also includes No. 2 Alabama, No. 10 Florida, No. 17 LSU, No. 26 Houston, No. 34 Northwestern, No. 38 Tennessee, No. 47 South Alabama, No. 50 Coastal Carolina, UAB, Wichita State, Southeastern Louisiana and Houston Baptist.
The top five teams from each regional advance to the NCAA Championships to be held at the Capitol City Club in Atlanta, Ga., May 28 - June 2.
“Our team is looking forward to reaching another one of our goals this week,” Bulldog head coach Clay Homan said. “ We just need to go out and execute the way we have for the majority of the year and the results will take care of themselves.”
The Bulldogs have executed splendidly this season, to the tune of four tournament wins and 10 Top-5 finishes. One of those Top 5’s came at the University Club in October when State posted a 54-over 918 to tie for fourth at the David Toms Intercollegiate.
This week’s regional marks the eighth postseason appearance as a team and the third under Homan.
Mississippi State will use the same lineup that claimed a fifth-place finish at the April 19-21 SEC Championship. The junior trio of Chad Ramey, Joe Sakulpolphaisan and Axel Boasson will spearhead the lineup along with senior Robi Calvesbert and junior Barrett Edens.
Ramey brings NCAA regional experience to the group after qualifying for the NCAA Southeast Regional in Athens, Ga., a year ago. Ramey built on that experience and capped this season with All-SEC First Team accolades and a school second-best 71.89 scoring average.
Boasson enters the weekend looking to continue a hot streak that has seen him post fourth-straight Top 10 finishes. The Iceland native has finished in the Top 10 six times this season and averaged a 72.00 to claim All-SEC Second Team honors.
The Bulldogs will tee off Thursday’s opening round at 8:20 a.m. alongside Houston and Northwestern.
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