Lile Starts Play in NCAA Golf Regional Thursda
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas golfer Craig Lile will begin play in the 2001 NCAA Golf Championships Thursday as he tees off in the central regional at Karsten Creek Country Club in Stillwater, Okla., held May 17-19. Lile was one of six individuals that advanced to the regional site competing for a spot to participate in the NCAA Championships in Durham, N.C., on the Duke University Golf Course, May 30-June 2.
Lile will be making his third appearance and second individual appearance in the NCAA Championships competing as an individual in 2000 and playing on the Razorback team that played in the 1999 tournament and finished tied for 24th.
All-American and three-time All-SEC Lile will be playing in his final tournament of his outstanding career for the Razorbacks. Over the last four years, Lile has claimed five tournament titles. Three of the tournaments were during the 2000-01 season winning the Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate, the Pepsi Southwest Missouri State Challenge and the University of Texas-San Antonio Invitational.
Lile has led the Razorbacks in all 12 of the tournaments that the Hogs competed in this season and only finished out of the top-20 in two tournaments this year. Lile recently set the school record for sub-70 rounds when he shot his 21st sub-70 round at The Maxwell this past weekend. The previous record was held by Bud Still.
Play begins on Thursday with the opening round of the central regional and concludes on Friday with third and final round with the top 10 teams and two individuals not on those teams advancing to the NCAA Championships at Duke.
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