MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis men's golf team is making their third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance as the Tigers begin play in the NCAA West Regional, May 16-18, at Washington State University's Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman.
Memphis received an at-large into the NCAA Tournament, which is made up of 81 teams competing in six regionals across the country. The top five teams from each regional will go on to play at the NCAA Championships from May 28 - June 2 at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga. The Tigers are one of 14 teams in the West Regional, and enter as the No. 11 seed. The field includes (in order of seeding) California (Pac-12 Champion), TCU, USC, Saint Mary's (West Coast Champion), Virginia Tech, BYU, North Texas (Sun Belt Champion), Baylor, San Diego State, Ball State, Memphis, Pacific (Big West Champion), Princeton (Ivy League Champion) and Saint Francis (Pa.) (Northeast Champion).
Memphis is 2-3 against teams in the West Regional this season with wins over Virginia Tech and Ball State and losses to California and North Texas (twice).
Event Schedule The Tigers will tee off at 9:15 a.m. PDT Thursday to begin the first round on the par 72, 7,308-yard course. Memphis will be paired with 10th seed Ball State and 12th seed Pacific in the opening round.
Last Time Out Memphis had a rough outing at the Conference USA Championships, finishing eighth with an 886 (+22). The Tigers were in fifth after the first round of play but a 15-over-par 303 in the second round dropped the team to eighth. Milner led the Tigers by tying for sixth with a 1-under-par 215, just two strokes away from being named to the C-USA All-Tournament Team.
Memphis at the NCAAs The Tigers are making their fourth NCAA appearance in the last six years and their third straight showing under head coach Grant Robbins. In 2008, Memphis ended its 20-year postseason drought with an appearance in the NCAA East Regional in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Tigers finished 20th with Robbie Greenwell leading the team with a 58th-place finish. Following a two-year absence, the Tigers returned to the tournament in 2011 by making the NCAA Central Regional in Zionsville, Ind. Jack Belote paced Memphis to an 11th-place finish by taking 20th. Memphis had a historic season in 2012 by advancing to the NCAA Championships for just the seventh time in program history. The Tigers took fifth at the NCAA Bowling Green Regional in Kentucky last season before finishing 28th at the NCAA Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif.