Men's Golf Headed To Athens Regional As No. 9-Seed
May 7, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest men's golf team will be headed to the Athens Regional as the No. 9-seed in the 13-team field. The 54-hole event, which runs from May 17-19, will be played at the University of Georgia Golf Club in Athens, Ga.
The top-5 teams and the top individual not on one of those five teams at the end of the 54-hole event will earn a trip to the NCAA Championships which are being played at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. on May 29 through June 3.
Alabama is the top-seed in the Athens Region followed but North Florida at No. 2, New Mexico at No. 3 and host Georiga at No. 4. The Demon Deacons have gone head-to-head with nine of the other 12 teams this season and hold an 5-9 mark against those teams.
This year is the fourth year in which the NCAA Championship will consist of a 54-hole tournament to determine an individual champion and the top-8 teams after those 54 holes will then be seeded in an 8-team match play format to determine a team champion.
The Demon Deacons have had their share of success at the regionals over the past few years. Wake has won three out of the last seven regionals and since 1989, the team has advanced onto the finals a total of 15 times, including five of the last seven years.
Last year, Wake got off to a tough start at the Central Regional in Indiana, and despite posting a pair of solid rounds, would finish in a tie for eighth and missed-out on the finals for the second season. Lee Bedford however, birdied his final hole of the event to grab the individual qualifying spot and advanced to the NCAA Championships.
The ACC had eight of its 11 teams selected for the regionals. In addition to Wake Forest, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech, NC State and Clemson were all selected to compete in the regionals.
Wake Forest will start the opening round on the 1st tee at 8:50 a.m. on Thursday, May 17. The Deacs are paired with No. 7-seed Long Beach State and No. 8-seed and two-time defending national champion Augusta State. Golfstat.com will have live scoring of all three rounds.
University of Georgia Golf Club -- Athens, Ga.
2. North Florida
3. New Mexico
6. East Carolina
7. Long Beach State
8. Augusta State
9. Wake Forest
12. UNC Wilmington
13. Loyola (Maryland)