Memphis Golf Ready for NCAA Bowling Green Regional
May 16, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. –The University of Memphis golf team is set to begin play at the NCAA Bowling Green Regional on May 17-19 at the Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Ky. The Tigers are seeking to advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1988.
“We are looking forward to competing this week,” Memphis head coach Grant Robbins said. “This is a great golf course and will be a tremendous challenge. We have to keep the ball in the fairway and stay patient.”
The Bowling Green NCAA Regional field is as follows with teams in order of their respective seeds: UCLA, Arkansas, Texas A&M (Big 12 Conference Champion), Clemson, North Texas (Sun Belt Champion), Chattanooga (Southern Champion), Memphis (C-USA Champion), Virginia Tech, Northwestern, Iowa State, Colorado State, Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley Champion), Pennsylvania (Ivy League Champion), Alabama State (Southwestern Athletic Champion).
The University of Memphis golf team continued its most successful season in school history by winning their first Conference USA Title on April 24. Jonathan Fly and Jack Belote were both named to the All-Conference First Team and Coach Robbins collected the C-USA Coach of the Year award. The Tigers' victory at the conference tournament was their first since winning the Wolfpack Intercollegiate back in early October.
Jonathan Fly added another victory to his resume at the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate, posting scores of (68-70-138) to win by two strokes over Brad Schneider of UCF. Jack Belote carded two second place finishes including a runner-up showing at the C-USA Tournament last month. Belote posted the best finish of any Tiger at the C-USA tournament with scores of (68-71-70-209). The Tigers finished in the top-five in ten out of eleven tournaments on the season, earning 109 wins overall.
This will be the fourth appearance in NCAA postseason play for Memphis and third under Coach Robbins. The Tigers finished tied for 20th at the 2008 NCAA East Regional at Council Fire Golf Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. Robbins was named 2008 C-USA Coach of the Year during that season. Last season, Memphis finished in 11th position at the NCAA Central-Indiana Regional.
The Tigers advanced to the finals at NCAA Championship for the only time in school history in 1988 when they were led by All-American Steve Metz. Memphis finished 28th in the championship.
Memphis' best accomplishment in the NCAA Championship came in 1955, when former Tiger Hillman Robbins won the Individual Title. Robbins led the 1954-55 Tigers to a 9-2 match record and was named as an alternate to the Walker Cup Team.