May 9, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma men's golf team, ranked 24th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin ratings, was selected Monday by the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Committee to compete in the NCAA East Regional. The 13-team field will play May 19-21 at the 7,685-yard, par-72 Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.
The fifth-seeded Sooners are making their first NCAA Regional appearance since 2008 when they missed advancing to the NCAA Championship by four strokes. The NCAA berth marks the 39th post-season appearance for the Sooners.
Head coach Ryan Hybl, in just his second year at OU, said his team is excited for its opportunity at the NCAA Regional.
"It was really fun today to gather around the phone and listen to our regional bid," said Hybl. "We haven't been since 2008 and this is just another step in our progress for the program."
Oklahoma's lineup will feature sophomore Abraham Ancer, senior Ryan Sirman, junior Riley Pumphrey, freshman Michael Schoolcraft and junior Ben Klaus.
The NCAA East Regional features four conference champions and nine teams ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin top 50. The field includes Atlantic Coast Conference champion Georgia Tech (No. 2), LSU (No. 8), Duke (No. 16), Virginia (No. 17), Oklahoma (No. 24), Mid-American Conference champion Kent State (No. 33), East Carolina (No. 35), Virginia Tech (No. 42), Colonial Athletic Association champion UNC-Wilmington (No. 49), Coastal Carolina, Lamar, Ole Miss, and Ivy League champ Yale.
The 54-hole tournament, one of six NCAA Regionals, will feature 18 holes each day. Each team will field five players, with the four lowest individual scores for each day counting toward the team total.
The top five teams and the top individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championship May 31-June 5 at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.
"We are heading to a tough site at Virginia Tech and I know it is a tough course, but we are ready to redeem ourselves after the final round at the Big 12 Championship," said Hybl.
Hole-by-hole live scoring will be available at golfstat.com.