Five Big Ten Teams Travel to NCAA Men's Golf Championships
May 27, 2011
Five Big Ten teams travel to the NCAA Men's Golf Championships this weekend, competing in the tournament from May 31-June 5 at Karsten Creek Course in Stillwater, Okla. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern and Ohio State will represent the conference in seeking a national title.
The 30 teams and six individual golfers which qualified for the championships will compete in three stroke-play rounds beginning on Tuesday, with the top eight teams advancing to the match-play portion of the event. The match-play quarterfinals will take place on Friday, followed by the semifinals on Saturday and the championship match on Sunday. The individual medalist will be honored following the final stroke-play round on Thursday.
Big Ten Champion and No. 9 seed Illinois took second in the Indiana Regional to qualify for the championships, earning its 18th overall berth to the national tournament and fourth in a row. Luke Guthrie paced the Illini at the regional, tying for first place individually. Fellow Illini Scott Langley earned the individual medal at the 2010 NCAA Championships, marking the 14th individual champion in conference history.
Thirteenth-seeded Iowa earned its second bid to the championships in the last three seasons after taking fifth at the Indiana Regional. Chris Brant led the Hawkeyes with a seventh-place finish individually. The trip to the championships is Iowa's 13th in program history.
After winning the Indiana Regional, No. 15 seed Michigan enters its 22nd NCAA Championships seeking its third national title. The Wolverines finished two strokes ahead of Illinois to take the regional title and qualify for their second national tournament in the last three years. Lion Kim tied for first individually to lead Michigan to the win.
Northwestern placed third at the Colorado Regional to earn a spot in the championships field, entering the tournament as the No. 28 seed. David Lipsky tied for seventh at the regional, helping the Wildcats to their 24th tournament appearance.
Ohio State, the No. 23 seed in the championships, enters its Big Ten-leading 45th national tournament after taking fourth place at the San Diego Regional. Michael Cress tied for fourth to lead the Buckeyes to the top-five finish.