No. 8 seed Liberty will begin play at the 2017 NCAA Austin Regional, tomorrow morning, at the University of Texas Golf Course.
Prior to play getting underway at the home course of the Texas Longhorns, the 14-team field was granted a practice round today. LibertyFlames.com was at the course with the Flames, providing today's hole-by-hole breakdown and photo gallery.
The University of Texas Golf Club is a par-71 course that will play at a length of 7,355 yards for the regional, the longest course Liberty has faced this season.
The University of Texas Golf Club opened in 2003 and is the home to the Texas Longhorns men's and women's golf programs, plus a secondary home for the UT tennis teams.
The Texas men's golf program has won three NCAA titles (1972, 1973 and 2012), including a national championship in 2012 thanks to the play of former Texas golfer and two-time major champion Jordan Spieth.
Other Longhorn program alums and notable PGA Tour professionals include Ben Crenshaw, Bob Estes, Tom Kite, Justin Leonard and Jhonattan Vegas.
Today's hole-by-hole preview begins with play from No. 1 (par 4, 370 yards), which will be No. 8 seed Liberty's first hole of play in the morning.
No. 8 seed Liberty will be sent off the No. 1 tee, starting at 8:55 a.m. (CST), along with golfers from No. 7 seed Kansas and No. 9 seed Iowa State.
Hole-by-hole live scoring will be available throughout the event via Golfstat. @LUGameDay (Liberty's Game Day Twitter account) will be on the course providing more in-depth coverage of Liberty's golfers as they seek to advance to the NCAA Men's Golf Championship.
The University of Texas Golf Club Hole-By-Hole Preview
No. 1 (par 4, 370 yards) The opening tee shot at the University of Texas Golf Club plays to a slightly elevated landing area with a large collection bunker to the left of the fairway, which will leave a blind shot to the green if the ball finds the sand. The putting surface is narrow and has a collection area to its right if player's short irons are not accurate on the opening hole.
No. 2 (par 3, 194 yards) The first of two par-3 holes on the outward nine requires a full carry to the green, as players will find trouble with any shot short of the green. The putting surface is narrow, but mostly flat, which could provide an early scoring opportunity with a nice mid-range iron shot from the tee.
No. 3 (par 4, 493 yards) The par-4, No. 3 hole begins a stretch of five consecutive par-4 holes during regional play. Tee shots to the left side of this straightaway par-4 will open the green up to the players. The green is one of the largest putting surfaces on the course and slopes from back to front with very few flat areas.
No. 4 (par 4, 375 yards) The players have a slightly uphill tee shot to a fairway that gently bends to the left toward the landing area. Players will be hitting short wedges into this green that features a large slope on the front half of the putting surface and a small flat area toward the back of the green.
No. 5 (par 4, 461 yards) Tee shots will be hit to the base of an upward climb leading to a large green that slopes both back to front and right to left. Longer tee shots could find a hazard, costing the players a shot. Judging the distance on the uphill second shot correctly will determine the outcome on this challenging hole.
No. 6 (par 4, 406 yards) Players will hit another uphill tee shot to an elevated fairway that doglegs right around the landing area, with the green not visible from the tee box. A large bunker guards the front of the green and will collect any short approach shots. The green slopes from back to front and an up-and-down par save from the large bunker could be difficult.
No. 7 (par 4, 462 yards) Another blind tee shot awaits the players on this 90-degree dogleg right hole, with tee shots flying well over one of the more picturesque water features on the Texas course. A small creek that lines the left side of the fairway and circles back behind the green will cost players strokes should their shots not find the fairway or one of the smallest greens on the course.
No. 8 (par 3, 213 yards) After five straight par-4 holes, players don't receive much of a break on the long uphill par-3, No. 8 hole. A large bunker guards any errant shots that miss the green to the left. The putting surface is flat on the right side, but slopes significantly on the left side if you do not find the correct side of the putting surface.
No. 9 (par 5, 605 yards) The home hole on the outward nine will challenge the player's length and the first par-5 on the course will not be a given birdie playing at 605 yards and into the prevailing wind. The approach shot plays to another elevated green that is small and slopes from right to left.
No. 10 (par 4, 422 yards) The No. 10 hole is a straight forward par-4 with a slight dogleg right around the tee shot landing area. Errant tee shots right will could find one of several fairway bunkers that line the right side of the fairway. Players may be able to post a sub-par score on this hole, as they will likely have a short iron into the back-to-front sloping green as the average approach shot will be around 120 yards and in with a solid tee shot.
No. 11 (par 5, 596 yards) The landing area off the tee at this par-5 hole slopes toward the right and has bunker on both sides of the fairway. This will be another three-shot, par-5 hole for the players during regional play this week as it will play into the wind. The putting surface is a two-tiered green that will run off if approach shots are shot and left.
No. 12 (par 3, 190 yards) Players will face a large green that has a bunker front right and back left if they do not find the green on the mid-range, par-3 hole. The green slopes from right to left and any shot short of the green could find the hazard.
No. 13 (par 4, 375 yards) A tee shot missed left at the par-4, No. 13 hole is one of the few places on the University of Texas Golf Club where players could find a water hazard off the tee. The hole, which features a 90-degree dogleg left, has a green that is guarded by a large bunker and slopes right to left back toward the water.
No. 14 (par 5, 562 yards) The final par-5 on the Texas course will likely play just as the previous two longer holes, requiring three shots to reach the green. The drive is straight forward with a bunker right of the landing area. Players will have less than a 100 yards on their approach shots to the green that slopes to the left.
No. 15 (par 4, 472 yards) This par-4 hole provides one of the best views of the outlining areas of the city of Austin. An elevated tee box plays to a fairway that slopes to the left. This hole will play longer than its listed yardage as it will also play into the prevailing wind on the approach that plays to a small green guarded by a front side bunker.
No. 16 (par 3, 248 yards) The challenging wind from the previous hole will help shorten this long par-3 which requires nearly a full carry to the green over trees and brush. The green is slightly elevated and slopes from back to front with a small flat surface toward to back side of the green.
No. 17 (par 4, 427 yards) Players face another blind tee shot off this par-4 hole that doglegs left at the tee shot landing area. An accurate drive in between two sets of bunkers will leave a short iron shot to a shallow green. A large bunker guards the left side of the green and players will find a hazard with long approach shots.
No. 18 (par 4, 495 yards) The final hole on the University of Texas Golf Club has a large landing area off the tee with bunkers on both sides of the fairway. The approach shot plays uphill to a green that features a creek to the left side of the putting surface. The kidney-shaped green has a slope in the middle of the green that will funnel shots to the front left part of the putting surface.
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