Regional tournament play was finished last week, and now the 30 teams and six individuals in the field have been determined for the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, to be held starting May 28 at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Milton, Ga. This course, just north of Atlanta should have good crowds as both the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech will be present.
The 7th-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will be making their 26th appearance in the finals, all but one of them since 1985. The Georgia Bulldogs have an impressive pedigree as well, as they were national champions in 1999 and 2005- they are in the finals for the 44th time.
Texas is the defending champ and ranked No. 4 nationally. 2012 runner-up Alabama, ranked No. 2, both advanced along with top-ranked California, No. 3 UCLA, No. 5 New Mexico, No. 6 Washington. Georgia’s rival, the No. 10 Florida Gators will also be in the finals.
The 75th edition of the national championship will take place over six days, beginning May 28 when the 30 teams that qualified battle in 54 holes of stroke play- 18 holes each day over three days. That will be followed by three days of match play competition culminating in the national championship match on Sunday, June 2.
Ticket books for the full tournament, all six days, are $50 for adults and $35 for youths (18 years of age and under, or college student with current student ID) and seniors (55 and up). Daily tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youths and seniors. Tickets can be ordered online by clicking here, calling the Tech ticket office at 888-TECH-TIX or in person at the ticket office at 150 Bobby Dodd Way.
The 30 teams in Milton have combined for 30 national team titles in the 75-year history of the championship.
The full listing of teams:
Baton Rouge, La. – Alabama (14th appearance), Florida (50), LSU (34), Tennessee (16), Coastal Carolina (4), Tyler Klava-South Alabama (individual) Columbus, Ohio – New Mexico (41), Auburn (20), South Carolina (17), UNLV (18), Texas Tech (10), Denny McCarthy-Virginia (individual) Fayetteville, Ark. – Illinois (20), Arkansas (19), Texas (27), Oklahoma State (66), Kent State (20), Mario Clemons-SMU (individual) Pullman, Wash. – California (12), TCU (18), Saint Mary’s (2), Southern California (54), Ball State (7), Rodolfo Cazaubon-North Texas (individual) Tallahassee, Fla. – North Florida (4), Washington (24), Florida State (21), Georgia Tech (26), Oklahoma (40), Daniel Walker-Richmond (individual) Tempe, Ariz. – UCLA (35) , Georgia (44), Central Florida (6), Texas A&M (27), Arizona State (50), Dustin Korte-Austin Peay State (individual)
The format is unique to college golf. Stroke play means each team send five players on the course, with the low four scores each day counting toward the team score. After 54 holes is completed on Thursday, the individual national champion will be crowned, and the top eight schools in terms of team score are seeded for match play competition beginning Friday, May 31.
During the last three days of match play, each of the five players on a team plays a match against a counterpart on the opposing team. Each individual match is worth a point for his team, and the team with the most points after the five matches are completed advances to the next round.
The quarterfinals are set for Friday, May 31, with semifinals on Saturday, June 1, and the championship match Sunday, June 2.