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NCAA Greensboro Regional Course Preview
Thursday morning, starting at 8:25 a.m., Liberty will go off the No. 10 tee of the East Course at the Grandover Resort for the first round of the 2012 NCAA Greensboro Regional.
No. 6 seed Liberty will be paired up with golfers from No. 4 seed Duke and No. 5 seed Indiana in the Flames' second straight and fourth overall NCAA Men's Golf Regional appearance (also 2003, 2006 and 2011).
Liberty's tee times will be as follows: Mathieu Fenasse (8:25 a.m.), Niklas Lindstrom (8:35 a.m.), Ian McConnell (8:45 a.m.), Chase Marinell (8:55 a.m.) and Robert Karlsson (9:05 a.m.) - Full tee times.
The 75-man field, which includes golfers from 14 teams and five individuals, will play their first of three rounds of golf on the Grandover Resort East Course, a par-72, 7,271-yard stretch of land outside of downtown Greensboro and off the I-85 highway.
As part of its continuing coverage of this year's NCAA Greensboro Regional, LibertyFlames.com brings you an insider look at the East Course, with a short hole-by-hole description and photo gallery.
Photo gallery information:
In this photo gallery, you will see the following photos of each hole: the hole marker, view from the tee box, view from the fairway (excluding par 3s) and a view of the green.
No. 1 – Par 4 – 405 yards (Handicap: 13)
Your first drive off the East Course at No. 1 will test you right away, as a narrow fairway landing area is guarded by rolling mounds to the left. From the fairway, golfers will hit to a smaller green that is below the fairway landing area and slopes from left to right.
No. 2 – Par 5 – 535 yards (Handicap: 3)
No. 2 is the shortest par 5 on the East Course and with a solid shot off the tee, the college golfers will have a chance at getting home in two. Water is right off the tee and the second smallest green on the front nine is guarded by a bunker short left. The green is one of the tougher ones on the course with a very undulating terrain.
No. 3 – Par 3 – 200 yards (Handicap: 17)
No. 3 is the second easiest hole on the course, but it will demand an accurate long iron off the tee to clear the trees that line both sides of the hole. The green runs deep (39 yards long) and any shots that run long will leave players a bunker shot that is well below the green.
No. 4 – Par 4 – 391 yards (Handicap: 7)
The first of two straight blind tee shots, No. 4 offers golfers a "risk-reward" shot. Longer hitters can try to take their tee shot over the trees left to leave a shorter approach to an uphill climb to a green that runs 41 yards from left to right. Those unable to cut the corner will have longer iron shots on this severe dogleg left hole.
No. 5 – Par 4 – 460 yards (Handicap: 5)
No. 5 offers another blind shot on a second straight dogleg left. However, this time the fairway landing area is much wider and more forgiving. A small creek runs the length of the fairway about 100 yards from the green and any shots left short right will fall into a greenside bunker.
No. 6 – Par 5 – 555 yards (Handicap: 1)
No. 6 is the hardest ranked hole on the course, but if the fairway dries out from the recent rain, the longer college golfers may not find this hole as hard as the local members. A drive to a much wider than visible landing off the tee could continue to roll down several different tiered landing areas, with longer shots resulting in a shorter approach to a raised green. Those who elect to lay up on their second shot will have about 100 yards left to one of the flattest greens on the course.
No. 7 – Par 3 – 190 yards (Handicap: 15)
With the smallest green on the course, No. 7 could present some challenges with its 23-yard depth. Players will have to judge a downhill shot off the tee to the second hole in a row that presents golfers with a green that is relatively flat and straightforward.
No. 8 – Par 4 – 325 yards (Handicap: 11)
Golfers will be looking to avoid a bunker that runs more than 150 yards long and guards most of the left-hand side of the fairway on this shorter par 4 hole. The receptive green slopes from back to front and the only real trouble around the 33-yard deep putting surface is if an approach shot runs long and into the hazard.
No. 9 – Par 4 – 390 yards (Handicap: 9)
The front side of the East Course closes with a challenging par 4 with a hazard the divides the hole less than 120 yards from the green. The uphill No. 9 hole also plays to a two-tiered green that is guarded by a bunker right and two larger grass bunker areas short left.
No. 10 – Par 4 – 430 yards (Handicap: 14)
A solid drive will be required off the tee at No. 10, the first of four par 4s on the back nine measuring more than 400 yards long. An approach shot that is short or long left will find one of two bunkers that are well below the putting surface to a two-tiered green.
No. 11 – Par 4 – 450 yards (Handicap: 12)
A longer drive off the tee at No. 11 will start the ball rolling down a hill that leads to a green some 40 yards lower than the tee box. Any drive left off the tee will find one of two fairway bunkers and approach shots that run back right will roll off the green leaving a tough up-and-down shot.
No. 12 – Par 3 – 125 yards (Handicap: 18)
The shortest hole on the course at 125 yards will leave golfers with a short wedge shot into a three-tiered green, with a presumed pin placement of one on each tier each day of the championship. The green at No. 12 is 34 yards deep, but anything that is hit toward the middle of the green and runs long will fall into a collection pot bunker in the back, making this hole more challenging.
No. 13 – Par 5 – 565 yards (Handicap: 2)
Very few, if any of the college golfers will have a chance to get home in two on this double dogleg left par 5. No. 13 requires an accurate tee shot and a decision to lay up or cross over a creek that divides the fairway 140 yards from the green. Two well thought out shots will still leave the golfers with a birdie opportunity, provided they find the right level of this two-tiered green that only runs 31 yards deep.
No. 14 – Par 4 – 390 yards (Handicap: 8)
The golfers get a short reprieve from the longer par 4s on this 390-yard uphill straightaway hole. A wide landing area off the tee at No. 14 is guarded left by a bunker that runs more than 90 yards long right up to another two-tiered green, with the higher side on the left after you clear the final edge of the bunker.
No. 15 – Par 4 – 470 yards (Handicap: 6)
No. 15 presents the golfers with the longest par 4 on the course at 470 yards, but the hole is fairly straightforward. The golfers will look to avoid a larger fairway bunker in the landing area off the tee, leaving them approach shots of 150 to 175 yards to a green that is narrow and deep (36 yards), but relatively flat.
No. 16 – Par 3 – 230 yards (Handicap: 16)
Length continues to be key at No. 16, the longest par 3 on the East Course at 230 yards. Players will be hitting hybrids and long irons to a green that slopes considerably from back to front. A large bunker guards any shots that are short and right. Three will be a good score on this hole throughout the championship event.
No. 17 – Par 4 – 420 yards (Handicap: 10)
No. 17 plays longer than it looks, with most of the 420-yard hole playing uphill. A slight dogleg to the left, this par 4 plays to a green that is 39 yards deep and is guarded by a pot bunker in the front and a larger bunker that is long and to the left.
No. 18 – Par 5 – 570 yards (Handicap: 4)
No. 18 is a fitting closing hole to the challenging East Course at the Grandover Resort. A narrow landing area off the tee is guarded right by five hillside pot bunkers, perfectly placed about 260 yards off the tee box. A picturesque body of water runs the final 210 yards on the left of the fairway, which eventually juts out to guard the left side of a two-tiered green. With a possible trip to the NCAA National Championships at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on the line later this week, solid decision making on this hole will certainly factor into the final team scoring.
Live scoring every three holes throughout the NCAA Greensboro Regional will once again be provided by Golfstat.com, while Liberty will continue its social media coverage of the golf team through its Twitter feed.
@LibertyFlames will be providing detailed hole-by-hole coverage for one of Liberty's golfers each day throughout the NCAA Greensboro Regional.
NCAA Greensboro Regional Field
1. Auburn (No. 3/No. 5)
2. UNLV (No. 15/No. 9)
3. Florida (No. 18/No. 17)
4. Duke (No. 19/No. 20)
5. Indiana (No. 33/No. 28)
6. Liberty (No. 31/No. 32) [Big South Conference]
7. SMU (No. 42/No. 41)
8. Texas Tech (No. 46/No. 44)
9. Tulsa (No. 58/No. 53)
10. Lamar (No. 52/No. 56) [Southland Conference]
11. Louisiana-Lafayette (No. 64/No. 62)
12. Charlotte (No. 74/No. 71)
13. George Washington (No. 206/No. 169) [Atlantic 10 Conference]
14. Mount St. Mary's (No. 241/No. 241) [Northeast Conference]
1. Vaita Guillaume, Campbell
2. Sam Ryder, Stetson
3. Rhys Enoch, East Tennessee State
4. Casey O'Toole, Samford
5. Leo Garcia, Sacred Heart