NCAA Men's Golf Regional Preview
May 14, 2009
Nine Big Ten men’s golf teams and two individuals are set to compete in NCAA regional action, beginning on May 14 with final-round play concluding on May 16. Currently the conference touts five program’s ranked among the top 50 and nine individuals ranked among the top 100.
Indiana garners the highest seed at No. 2 as the Hoosiers will compete in the Southeast Regional. Indiana will be led by two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Jorge Campillo as the senior is the fourth-best rated golfer in the NCAA. Campillo was recently named a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award which is presented annually to best-collegiate golfer, taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during a 12-month period. Campillo earned his fourth-straight first-team All-Big Ten distinction this year and was joined by teammate Alex Martin. Indiana will be accompanied by No. 11 Iowa at the Southeast regional as the Hawkeyes enter postseason play for the first time in 14 years and only three times in team history. Iowa is coming off of its best Big Ten finish in eight years as the Hawkeyes placed sixth at this years championships.
No. 3 Illinois, fresh off its Big Ten Championships victory, travel New Jersey to compete in the Northeast regional. All-Big Ten first team members Chris DeForest and Scott Langley look to provide the Illini with veteran leadership as the group is mentored by Mike Small, the conference Coach of the Year. Illinois will be joined by No. 10 Penn State and No. 11 Minnesota.
No. 7 Michigan State and No. 9 Northwestern will take part in the South Central Regional in Stillwater Oklahoma. The Spartans are piloted by 2009 Master’s participant Jack Newman while the Wildcat’s will rely on Big Ten Freshman of the Year Eric Chun for quality scores.
No. 8 Michigan will be the lone conference program at the Southwest Regional while No. 9 represents the Big Ten at the Central Regional.
Wisconsin’s Dan Woltman will compete as an individual at the Northeast Regional while Purdue’s Tyler Duncan will participate in Central Regional action.
The five lowest teams in each regional and the top individual not on those teams will advance to the finals held on May 26-30 in Toledo, Ohio hosted by the University of Toledo.