With No. 11 seed Liberty set to compete in the NCAA Albuquerque Regional next week, LFSN reporter Alan York recently had a chance to talk with Head Coach Jeff Thomas and Payton Taylor.
Liberty was one of three Big South teams to advance to NCAA Regional play this season. Joining the Flames were Charleston Southern as the No. 10 seed at the Tuscaloosa Regional and No. 11 seed Campbell at the Wisconsin Regional.
With three teams in regional play, the Big South Conference has set a new league standard for men's golf and ties the conference's overall record for team's advancing to postseason play (men's soccer placed three teams in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship in 2015).
Liberty, winners of the Big South title four out of the last six years, will be making its seventh NCAA Regional appearance in program history.
As Big South Conference champions, the Flames received automatic bids to the NCAA Regionals in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016. Liberty also received at-large bids to the NCAA Regionals in 2003, 2006 and 2013.
Regional play for the Flames will be held on May 16-18 at the Championship Golf at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. (par 72, 7,562 yards).
The top five teams in the 14-team Albuquerque Regional will advance to the 2016 NCAA Men's Golf Championship in Eugene, Ore., May 27 – June 1.
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