May 7, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington golf team earned the No. 11 seed in the NCAA Regional held at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Georgia.
The Mavericks are headed to the NCAAs for the fourth time in the last five years, sixth in the last eight years and seven times overall under head coach Jay Rees. It's the ninth regional in school history.
"We played well in Georgia in the Mercer tournament earlier in the year," Rees said. "Playing on Bermuda grass, even though we've never played in Athens, is probably a good thing. The guys are excited."
This is the oldest and most experienced lineup that Rees can field. The Mavericks are ranked 64th nationally and No. 1 in short game. UTA heads into the NCAAs with a 74-64-2 record.
"This was considered a rebuilding year," Rees said. "We only have two players back from last year's Southland Conference championship team. We've dealt with injuries and lineup changes, and I'm really proud of how guys the guys have competed and believed in one another.
"It's a testament to the time and the work that they've put into this. These guys deserve a lot of credit for coming together and working hard. I believe we have this opportunity because of that hard work. This is a team of perseverance. They stuck together to get the most out of every tournament that we've had. We're due a great tournament and if everyone is healthy and everyone is in the right state of mind, maybe that tournament is still out there for us."
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 17-19. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals, while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. UTA is competing in a 13-team regional.
The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
The finals will be conducted May 29-June 3, at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. The University of Southern California is the host institution for this year's championships.
The complete championship field is available at the following link at NCAA.com.
University of Georgia Golf Course - Athens, Georgia
Teams (seeded in the following order):
2. North Florida
3. New Mexico
6. East Carolina
7. Long Beach State
8. Augusta State
9. Wake Forest
11. UT ARLINGTON
12. North Carolina-Wilmington
13. Loyola (Maryland)
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