South Carolina’s men’s golf team will be the No. 3 seed in the NCAA East Regional, which runs May 20-22 in New Haven, Conn.
It will be the golf team's 14th consecutive year in the postseason and the 19th time overall.
The Gamecocks will compete at The Course at Yale, which has been the site of two other NCAA Regionals in which South Carolina competed. Those came in 1991, when current PGA Tour pro Brett Quigley led the Gamecocks to a 11th place finish and an NCAA Championship berth, and in 2004, when the Gamecocks finished 17th in a 30-team field.
"I’ve never seen the course, but I have heard some stories about it," South Carolina head coach Bill McDonald said. "It’s a very old-school, tricky golf course. I’m sure we’ll be dependent on (director of golf) Puggy (Blackmon) to give us some of his knowledge on having been there before. I’ve heard it usually has small, firm, fast greens and high rough. And that could be good for us; our guys like the old-school golf courses.”
South Carolina will join 13 other teams in competing for one of five spots in next month’s NCAA Championship, which runs June 1-5 in Chattanooga, Tenn. UCLA and Texas are the top two seeds, with the Gamecocks, Virginia and SEC foe Alabama rounding out the top five. Fellow SEC member Vanderbilt will also compete in New Haven as the No. 10 seed.
Ten of the 12 SEC schools received bids to the NCAA Championship. Arkansas and Ole Miss will play in the Southeast Regional in Alpharetta, Ga., Florida and LSU will compete in the Central Regional at Notre Dame, Ind., Georgia and Auburn are set to compete in the South Central Regional in College Station, Texas, and Tennessee gets sent out to the West Regional in San Diego.
NCAA EAST REGIONAL – COMPETING TEAMS
The Course at Yale – New Haven, Conn.
(Automatic bids in parentheses)
3. South Carolina
6. East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun)
7. Southeastern Louisiana (Southland)
8. Charlotte (Atlantic 10)
9. Kent State (Mid-American)
11. Penn State
12. UNC Wilmington
13. Columbia (Ivy League)
14. Lafayette (Patriot League)
1. Max McKay, Liberty
2. Ben Herrera, Iowa State
3. Harold Varner, East Carolina
4. Robert Karlsson, Liberty
5. Scotty Williams, Pennsylvania