SUGAR GROVE – Ill. – After posting a 94-56-5 overall record this season, the Mississippi State men’s golf team received a postseason berth for the second-straight year, punching its ticket to the Illinois Regional on May 15-17.
Joining the Maroon and White at the Rich Harvest Farms course will be a somewhat familiar lineup, as the Bulldogs have competed against eight of the squads at this year’s Illinois Regional.
Cal, Clemson, Jacksonville State, Kent State, New Mexico State, Purdue, UAB and UNLV have all teed up against MSU this season, with Cal State Fullerton, Cleveland State, Illinois, Saint Peter’s and USC rounding out the field.
“This is exactly what we have expected this year, with four seniors returning,” coach Clay Homan said of the postseason berth. “I feel like we are starting to play better now after getting off to a rough start earlier in the year, but now I feel like we are starting to hit our stride. Last year we had about a month layoff between the SEC Championship and the NCAA Regional and this time we have a little less, which will help us to continue the momentum we are on.”
Despite finishing tied for ninth at Sea Island, the Bulldogs posted the best 54-hole score in school history at the SEC Championship. Before the ninth-place finish, Homan’s squad captured back-to-back tournament titles at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship and the Reunion Intercollegiate.
With Monday’s announcement, the Bulldogs earned their ninth postseason appearance as a team in school history, with four coming under the guidance of Homan.
The top five teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championship, to be held at the Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., on May 23-28.
The MSU women’s golf team will also be appearing in the postseason after being selected to the NCAA Central Regional on May 8-10, marking only the third time in school history that both teams have played in the same postseason.
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