Alabama Leads Top Seeds Into Men’s NCAA Golf Championships

Alabama won its first NCAA championship in men’s golf last year as the nation’s second-ranked squad. The Crimson Tide will attempt to defend that title this year as the No. 1 team in the land.

Ranked first in the NCAA men’s golf rankings, Alabama is the top overall seed for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships. In all, 81 teams were selected on Tuesday and placed into six regionals, which will be played May 15-17. The top five teams from each locale will then advance to the finals, May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

Joining Alabama as No. 1 seeds were Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, California, Stanford and Georgia. Illinois, the runner-up to ‘Bama in 2013, earned a No. 2 seed but will be playing close to home. It was placed in the regional to be played at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., just two and a half hours from Illinois’ campus in Champaign – much closer than that of California, which is the top seed for that regional.

The regionals will be played out over 54 holes and include individuals whose schools did not qualify for the national championships. The regionals headed up by Alabama (to be played in Auburn, Ala.), Oklahoma State (Columbia, Mo.), and California will feature 14 teams and five individuals. The tournaments led by Georgia Tech (Raleigh, N.C.), Stanford (Eugene, Ore.), and Georgia (San Antonio, Texas) will have 13 teams and 10 individuals.

Here’s a look at the teams, individuals and locations for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships:

Auburn University Club – Auburn, Ala.
Hosted by Auburn

Teams:
1. Alabama [Southeastern Conference]
2. Virginia Tech
3. Texas [Big 12 Conference]
4. Auburn
5. New Mexico [Mountain West Conference]
6. BYU [West Coast Conference]
7. Kennesaw State
8. Colorado
9. Louisville
10. UNC Greensboro
11. UC Davis
12. Sam Houston State [Southland Conference]
13. St. John’s [Big East Conference]
14. Alabama State [Southwestern Athletic Conference]

Individuals:
1. Blake Morris, Mississippi
2. JD Tomlinson, Florida
3. Jared Bettcher, Troy
4. Marco Iten, Austin Peay
5. Theodore Lederhausen, Harvard

The Club at Old Hawthorne – Columbia, Mo.
Hosted by Missouri

Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. Oklahoma State
2. Virginia
3. LSU
4. Arkansas
5. Arizona State
6. Iowa
7. San Diego State
8. Missouri
9. Iowa State
10. Middle Tennessee State
11. Ohio State
12. Denver [The Summit League]
13. Loyola (Md.) [Patriot League]
14. Bryant [Northeast Conference]

Individuals:
1. Pep Angles, Central Arkansas
2. Matt Mabrey, Tulsa
3. Logan McCracken, Tulsa
4. Daniel Wood, Kansas State
5. Alex Taylor, Fairfield

Lonnie Poole Golf Club – Raleigh, N.C.
Hosted by NC State

Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. Georgia Tech [Atlantic Coast Conference]
2. Washington
3. Florida State
4. Texas A&M
5. Mercer  [Atlantic Sun Conference]
6. Kentucky
7. Texas Tech
8. Wake Forest
9. South Alabama
10. Memphis
11. Minnesota [Big Ten Conference]
12. Rice [Conference USA]
13. Bethune-Cookman [Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference]

Individuals:
1. J.T. Poston, Western Carolina
2. Evan Russell, Hartford
3. Franco Castro, UNC Charlotte
4. Brandon Matthews, Temple
5. Richard Fountain, Davidson
6. Eric Brady, East Carolina
7. Andrew Dorn, Coastal Carolina
8. Ben Wheeler, Coastal Carolina
9. Sean Bosdosh, Maryland
10. Zach Seabolt, Winthrop

Rich Harvest Farms – Sugar Grove, Ill.
Hosted by Northern Illinois

Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. California
2. Illinois
3. USC
4. UAB
5. UNLV
6. Clemson
7. Kent State [Mid-American Conference]
8. Purdue
9. Mississippi State
10. Cal State Fullerton [Big West Conference]
11. New Mexico State [Western Athletic Conference]
12. Jacksonville State [Ohio Valley Conference]
13. Cleveland State [Horizon League]
14. Saint Peter’s [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference]

Individuals:
1. Niall Platt, Notre Dame
2. Chris O’Neill, Michigan
3. Danny Pizetoski, Richmond
4. Juan Veloza, Towson
5. Rob van de Vin, IUPUI

Eugene Country Club – Eugene, Ore.
Hosted by Oregon

Teams:
1. Stanford [Pac-12 Conference]
2. Houston
3. Oklahoma
4. South Carolina
5. Baylor
6. Liberty [Big South Conference]
7. Oregon
8. Tennessee
9. North Florida
10. East Tennessee State
11. Chattanooga
12. Wichita State [Missouri Valley Conference]
13. Northern Colorado [Big Sky Conference]

Individuals:
1. Cody Blick, San Jose State
2. Kyle Westmoreland, Air Force
3. David Fink, Oregon State
4. Owen Taylor, Sacramento State
5. Byron Meth, Pacific
6. Tyler Torano, Loyola Marymount
7. Alex Wennstam, GRU Augusta
8. Pete Fernandez, UC Irvine
9. Alex Franklin, Oregon State
10. Frederick Wedel, Pepperdine

Briggs Ranch Golf Club – San Antonio, Texas
Hosted by UTSA

Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. Georgia
2. UCF
3. UCLA
4. Vanderbilt
5. South Florida
6. SMU [American Athletic Conference]
7. Georgia Southern [Southern Conference]
8. Georgia State [Sun Belt Conference]
9. TCU
10. Northwestern
11. College of Charleston [Colonial Conference]
12. VCU [Atlantic 10]
13. Columbia [Ivy Group]

Individuals:
1. Eric Oja, Arizona
2. Grant Forrest, San Diego
3. Grady Brame, Southeastern Louisiana
4. Victor Lange, Louisiana Tech
5. Alex McMahon, Arizona
6. Preston Stanley, Houston Baptist
7. Martin Simonsen, UTEP
8. Stuart Smallwood, Texas State
9. Peter Kim, Army
10. Peter Ballo, Sacred Heart

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