Big Ten Sends Four Teams and Two Individuals to NCAA Men's Golf Regionals
May 11, 2006
Four Big Ten men's golf teams and two individuals will compete in NCAA Regional competition, May 18-20. Big Ten Champion Northwestern will play in the Central Regional with Minnesota and Purdue. Also competing in the Central Regional will be Illinois' Patrick Nagle and Michigan State's Ryan Brehm. Indiana will compete in the East Regional.
Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and the two conference individuals in Brehm and Nagle will compete at the Sand Ridge Golf Club in Chardon, Ohio. Cleveland State is serving as host. Northwestern, rated 28th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin index, earned the No. 9 seed in the Central Regional, while Minnesota and Purdue earned the 10th and 15th seeds, respectively. This year's regional selections mark the 14th-consecutive trip for Minnesota and the fifth time in the last six seasons Purdue has competed. Northwestern, which is seeking its 23rd all-time trip to the national championships, is returning to the postseason after a two-year hiatus.
The 15th-seeded Hoosiers will participate in the East Regional for the second-straight season at the Lake Nona Golf Club in Orlando. This marks the first time Indiana has made three consecutive NCAA appearances since the Hoosiers advanced to six straight from 1972-77. It also is the third NCAA berth in Big Ten Coach of the Year Mike Mayer's eight years at the helm of the IU program.
Brehm was the 2005 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and recently posted a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships for the second year in a row earning First Team All-Conference honors for his efforts. Nagle, a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection, led the Illini during the season with a 73.61 stroke average in 23 rounds. He has recorded four top-10 finishes on the year and was Illinois' top finisher in five of eight tournaments before a hand injury forced him out of the lineup for the final three tournaments of the regular season.