Navy's Tim Shield will play in his home state as the Mids go to Ann Arbor for the NCAA Golf Regionals
May 8, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League golf team and individual champions will be joined again in the NCAA Regionals, as League titlist Navy and Most Outstanding Player William Park of Army have both been sent to the site in Ann Arbor, Mich. for their competition on May 17-19.
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The Mids will play along with 12 other teams at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor. Navy is one of three conference champions in the regional, where it will be joined by Southern California, Oregon, Kent State, Virginia, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Kennesaw State, TCU, Purdue, North Carolina State, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
Navy won its sixth Patriot League title, and first since 2008, as it held off Army by three strokes to win the League Championship on April 28-29 at Bucknell Golf Club in Lewisburg, Pa. The Mids will play in the regionals for the sixth time as a League member. The best finish came in their first appearance in 1998 when the Mids placed 19th in Hilton Head, S.C. Navy also finished 24th (2000), 25th (2001), 23rd (2003) and 26th (2008) in its regional appearances as a League champion. The regionals were double the size in each of the appearances before expanding to six different sites in 2009.
Park is just the second Patriot Leaguer to earn a regional appearance as an individual. The only previous individual to qualify for the NCAA Regionals was Navy's Billy Hurley, who placed in a tie for 14th in 2004. Park earned an automatic berth to the field by wining the individual title at the Patriot League Championship. He is the first Patriot Leaguer to earn a spot since the automatic berth for conference individual medalists was instituted by the NCAA. Park is one of 10 individuals heading to Ann Arbor, and one of 45 in the NCAA Regionals.
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 17-19. Thirteen teams and ten 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. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
The NCAA Championship will be conducted May 29-June 3, at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. Southern California is the host institution for this year's championships.