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Flames Receive At-Large Bid To NCAA Men's Golf Regional Championship
For the second time in the history of the program and the overall athletics department's history, the Liberty University men's golf program received an at-large bid to an NCAA Tournament as the Flames are one of 27 teams heading to the East Regional of the 2006 NCAA Men's Golf Championship as announced by the selection committee today.
The Flames will now travel to Orlando, Fla. to compete at the East Regional, hosted by the University of Central Florida and the Central Florida Sports Commission. The three-day/54-hole event will be played at the par-72, 7,215-yard Lake Nona Golf Club on May 18-20.
Liberty was one of 17 teams that were issued at-large bids to the East Regional, while 10 teams made the field of 27 teams by virtue of automatic bids as they won their conference championships. Liberty was the 25th-ranked team in the East Regional.
Georgia is the top seed in the East Regional, followed by UCLA at second and UNLV at third. Liberty is joined by fellow Big South Conference member Coastal Carolina in the East Regional as the Chanticleers enter the championship as the 10th-seeded team in the Regional.
This marks the second time in the last four years that the Flames have received an at-large bid to the NCAA Regionals. The men's golf team became the first Liberty athletics program to receive an at-large bid to a NCAA Championship event as the team received the invitation to the NCAA Men's Golf Championship in 2003.
The 2006 NCAA Men's Golf Championship will conclude with a four-day/72-event on May 31 – June 3 at the Crosswater Golf Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. Ten teams and two individuals not on advancing teams will move on from each regional to the championship finals.
Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. Georgia (Southeastern)
2. UCLA (Pacific-10)
4. Georgia State (Colonial)
5. North Carolina
6. Southern California
7. Texas Tech
8. Wake Forest
9. Charlotte (Atlantic 10)
10. Coastal Carolina (Big South)
13. South Carolina
14. Florida State
16. Notre Dame (Big East)
17. Georgia Southern (Southern)
19. Jacksonville (Atlantic Sun)
20. Western Illinois (Mid-Continent)
21. Wichita State (Missouri Valley)
22. Rhode Island
23. George Washington