Loper Men's Golf Selected for NCAA Regional|
For the second straight year, the Nebraska-Kearney men's golf team has been selected to play in an NCAA Regional.
The Lopers, in the NCAA's for a ninth time in school history, will play in the Central/Midwest Regional May 6-8 in Kenosha, Wisc. The 54-hole event is being held at The Club at Strawberry Creek and hosted by Wisconsin-Parkside.
A committee uses a variety of criteria to select the regional field. Eight at-large spots are available from the Central with the MIAA (Central Oklahoma) and NSIC (St. Cloud State) tournament champions receiving automatic bids.
The GAC (Great American Conference) doesn’t receive an automatic bid since it’s a new league. By conference, the GAC received four bids, the MIAA got five and the NSIC one.
Overall, 80 teams and 32 individuals participate in four regional tournaments. The top three teams and top two individuals not with a team from each regional (regardless of region) advance to the NCAA Championships May 20-24 in Hershey, Pa.
This year, the fourth and fifth teams from the Central, Midwest, South Central and West Regionals advance to the NCAA’s while the fourth through seventh teams from the South and Southeast earn a trip to Hershey.
In previous trips to Super Regionals, UNK finished second (2003), third (2002 and 2008), fifth (2004, 2005, 2006), sixth (2007) and 19th (2012). No Loper squad or individual has made it to the NCAA D2 Championships.