FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas men’s golf team was extended an invitation to postseason play Monday when NCAA Regional selections were announced. The Razorbacks will travel to Columbus, Ohio, to compete May 15-17 in the NCAA Central Regional at the par-71, 7,455-yard Scarlet Golf Course hosted by Ohio State University. Arkansas is the No. 14 seed in the 27-team field of the Central Regional.
The projected lineup for UA will consist of freshman Sam Chavez, sophomore David Lingmerth and juniors Andrew Landry, Will Osborne and Jason Turner. The group of Razorbacks has competed together in the past five events and collected four top-five finishes, including the team title at the Border Olympics.
Landry leads the team with a 72.61 scoring average and was named a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection last week for the second time in his Razorback career. Last season, as an individual, Landry competed at the NCAA Central Regional and tied for sixth place, missing the NCAA Championships by just two spots.
Lingmerth is second on the team with a 73.27 scoring average.
In the most recent release of the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, Arkansas is ranked No. 39, and Landry is the 51st-ranked golfer in the nation. Including the Razorbacks, the Central Regional features 15 teams ranked in the top 50 of the Golfweek standings—Alabama (No. 1), Oklahoma State (5), Florida (6), Georgia Tech (8), Tennessee (11), Texas A&M (17), Wake Forest (22), Indiana (23), Louisville (25), Wichita State (26), Lamar (27), Kent State (36), Penn State (43) and Michigan (46). In the Golf World/Nike Golf coaches’ poll, the top-ranked Crimson Tide and eight other teams in the Central Regional field are in the top 25.
Arkansas is one of 11 SEC teams to advance to an NCAA Regional event. The Razorback golfers are joined by Alabama, Florida and Tennessee in Columbus. Five SEC teams were placed in the East Regional being played in Chattanooga, Tenn., and two other conference teams will head to Bremerton, Wash., and the West Regional.
This will mark Arkansas’ 15th trip to regional play in program history. The Razorbacks last appeared in an NCAA Regional during the 2004-05 season where they tied for sixth place and advanced to the NCAA Championships. Arkansas’ best NCAA Regional finish came with a first-place result in 1991.
First-round action begins Thursday, May 15 and can be followed via the live scoreboard at Golfstat. The top ten teams in each region will advance to the NCAA Championships played May-28-31 in West Lafayette, Ind. Log on to www.hogwired.com for more news about Razorback golf.