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Flames Headed to Eugene for NCAA Men's Golf Regional
Liberty's men's golf team will make it fourth-straight NCAA Regional appearance next week when the Flames participate as the No. 6 seed at the NCAA Eugene Regional.
The NCAA announced the 81-team field for the 2014 NCAA Men's Golf Regionals this morning at 10 a.m. as part of the "Morning Drive" show on the Golf Channel.
The Flames are the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Eugene Regional, which will be hosted by Oregon at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore. The three-day, 54-hole event will open with a practice round on May 14, with 18 holes of stroke play to follow on May 15-17.
The top five teams and the top individual not on one of those teams will advance to the 2014 NCAA Men's Golf National Championship, which will be contested at the Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. Wichita State will serve as the national championship host on May 23-28.
Liberty earned its way into the NCAA Men's Golf Regional field by claiming its third Big South title in the last four years in April. The Flames are one of four conference champions in the NCAA Eugene Regional, as they are also joined by No. 1 seed Stanford (Pac 12), No. 12 seed Wichita State (Missouri Valley) and No. 13 seed Northern Colorado (Big Sky).
This is the fourth-straight season Liberty has qualified for NCAA Men's Golf Regional play and the sixth time overall as a team (2003, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).
The Flames are no strangers to traveling longer distances for NCAA Men's Golf Regional play. Liberty was sent to the NCAA Arizona Regional in Tucson, Ariz., in 2011 and the NCAA Fayetteville Regional in Fayetteville, Ark., last year.
When the Flames take to the par-70, 6,990-yard Eugene Country Club course next week, Liberty will be looking to advance to the NCAA Men's Golf National Championship for the second time in program history.
Liberty, currently ranked No. 34 in the country by Golfstat and No. 37 by Golfweek, won the 2012 NCAA Greensboro Regional in Greensboro, N.C. and finished 10th at the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championship at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
The Eugene Country Club is the second oldest country club in Oregon, opening its doors to competitive play in 1899. In 1960, renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones completely renovated the course to its current design.
Along with a number of national amateur championships held at Eugene Country Club, the club was a stop on the LPGA tour from 1962 to 1968. It has been consistently been listed in Golf Digest's Top 100 courses in the United States.
2014 NCAA Eugene Regional Field
Eugene Country Club – Eugene, Oregon (Hosted by Oregon)
NCAA Regional Teams:
1. Stanford [Pac-12 Conference]
4. South Carolina
6. Liberty [Big South Conference]
9. North Florida
10. East Tennessee State
12. Wichita State [Missouri Valley Conference]
13. Northern Colorado [Big Sky Conference]
NCAA Regional Individuals:
1. Cody Blick, San Jose State
2. Kyle Westmoreland, Air Force
3. David Fink, Oregon State
4. Owen Taylor, California State - Sacramento
5. Byron Meth, Pacific
6. Tyler Torano, Loyola Marymount
7. Cory McElyea, San Francisco
8. Pete Fernandez, California - Irvine
9. Alex Franklin, Oregon State
10. Frederick Wedel, Pepperdine