JONESBORO, Ark. (5/1/19) – Announced during the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships Selection Show Monday night on the Golf Channel, Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State is set to play in the Louisville (Ky.) Regional May 13-15 as the No. 6 seed.
The Red Wolves learned their NCAA Regional destination alongside a crowd of supporters on hand for a selection show watch party held at Centennial Bank Stadium’s Woodard McAlister Family Club. Making its fifth all-time appearance in the NCAA Championships, A-State is one of 13 teams that will compete in the Louisville Regional at the University of Louisville Golf Club.
“It’s exciting to be in the NCAA Championships and playing in one of the regionals,” said A-State head coach Mike Hagen. “I was looking forward to (this watch party) all day and finding out where we were going to go. I knew we would have a good seed, and I was obviously hoping we would get a good draw in the regional they put us in. It was fun to see your name go up (on the screen) and the reaction of all our guys and the people who came out to support us.”
A-State will be part of a talented field that features No. 1 Oklahoma State, the 2018 defending national champions. Including the Red Wolves at No. 35, the tournament will feature nine programs ranked in the top 50 in the latest Golfstat rankings.
In addition to A-State and Oklahoma State, the 13-team regional also features Auburn, North Florida, Louisville, Baylor, Iowa State, West Virginia, Arizona, Mississippi State, New Mexico, Jacksonville State and Southern Illinois. The low five teams and low individual not on those teams from each of the six regional sites will advance the finals in Fayetteville, Ark.
A-State will enter the Louisville Regional coming off its first ever Sun Belt Conference championship. The squad holds a 132-22-0 head-to-head record this season and has won five tournaments, which are the second most in school history.
“I think we were ranked around 80th at the beginning of this year, and now we’re a six seed at the regionals,” said A-State junior Zan Luka Stirn, who is ranked as the No. 92 player in the nation by Golfstat. “It just means a lot – I made it regionals as an individual my freshman year, but now this year making it as a team is just so much more special, and I just hope we can go on and play in the nationals.”
The Red Wolves will play a practice round on Sunday, May 12, prior to the start of the first round the following day at 6:30 a.m. CT.