FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 26 University of Arkansas men’s golf team is one of 13 teams chosen to compete in the NCAA Atlanta Regional on Monday evening by the NCAA selection committee. This is the third consecutive year that the Arkansas’ men’s golf team has participated in regional action and the 17th time since 1989.
"We are very happy to be going back to a NCAA Regional," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. "This is going to be a very competitive regional, but we have faced some of the best competition in the nation all year so I feel good about our chances to advance to the NCAA Championships."
The Razorbacks will face No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 13 Arizona State, host and No. 16 Georgia Tech, No. 19 Clemson, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Furman, BYU, Georgia Southern, Coastal Carolina, South Alabama and Towson at the Capital City Club which is scheduled for May 20-22 in Atlanta.
This is the first time that the Razorbacks will play at Capital City Club, a 7,182 yard, par 70 course. The Hogs are slated to begin their quest at a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance on the 10th tee at 8:20 a.m. on Thursday, May 20. Arkansas must finish among the top five teams at the regional in order to advance to the NCAA Championships June 1-6 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
This season senior David Lingmerth has been Arkansas’ top golfer with a stroke average of 71.41, a mark that ranks second on Arkansas’ all-time single season list. He has finished in the top 10 of 12 of tournaments on the year and most recently was Arkansas’ top finisher at the Southeastern Conference Championships with an even par, 210 to finish tied for 10th.
Along with Lingmerth, junior Jamie Marshall has been very good this year, ranking second on the team with a 72.53 stroke average. He has hit for par or better in three tournaments this season and has four top 10 and seven top 20 finishes this season and along with Lingmerth is the only Razorback to play in all 12 competitions this season.
Other Razorbacks that will be in the mix to play in the regional include senior Dalton Owens, Arkansas’ second finisher at the SEC Championships, sophomore Ethan Tracy and freshmen Austin Cook and Josh Eure.