The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Monday that the New Mexico State men’s golf team will be the No. 9 seed in the NCAA Regional tournament at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo., May 19-21.
“I think Colorado is a great place for us to be going for regional,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “We played at this course earlier in the year and also playing at altitude gives us a small advantage. I fee this a is a good draw for us and having the experience we have I think its sets up well. We still have to go in and play solid golf. I know we are capable of that and if we do we could be on our way to the NCAA Championship tournament.”
This is the fourth straight trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament for the Aggies. NM State won its fifth WAC Championship last week, earning a spot at the regional tournament.
The Aggies will send senior Tim Madigan, junior Gaston De La Torre, junior Joon Lee, junior Zachery Fullerton and sophomore Justin Shin to the regional tournament. Madigan, De La Torre and Shin all competed in the 2010 regional tournament.
Joining the Aggies, who just won their fourth straight Western Athletic Conference title, will be the following teams ranked in order:
Oklahoma State, Georgia, Auburn, Arizona State, Clemson, Chattanooga, TCU, North Florida, New Mexico State, Northwestern, Colorado State, San Jose State and Denver.
Last year at the 2010 NCAA Southwest Regional Tournament, the Aggies finished in seventh place shooting a final round score of 9-over par, 297, finishing the tournament with a three round score of 31-over par, 895. The Aggies’ Tim Madigan led the team with a three round score of 4-over par, 220, finishing in a tie for 11th overall. Madigan carded a final round score of 2-over par, 74.