TUSCALOOSA The No. 3 ranked University of Alabama golf team will be one of 30 teams gathered at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club’s Golden Course in Williamsburg, Va., for the 2007 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships.
The field of 30 was determined through three regional tournaments held May 17-19. Alabama, the No. 1 seed at the NCAA Central Regional, finished second of the 27 teams in that regional in Sugar Grove, Ill., on Saturday to advance to what will be its 10th all-time appearance in the NCAA team finals. Alabama has advanced to postseason play 16 times.
Representing Alabama in the championships will be Michael Thompson, a junior from Tucson, Arizona who finished fourth at the regional, sophomore Matthew Swan of Montgomery, junior Gator Todd of Florence, junior Mark Harrell of Hazlehurst, Ga., and junior Joseph Sykora of Daphne.
The 30 teams participating in the finals, seven from the Southeastern Conference, include Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Duke, East Tennessee State, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Lamar, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Southern California, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
In addition to the 150 golfers competing from the 30 schools, six individuals from teams that did not make it into the field will also be competing for the NCAA individual national championship. These men competed through regional qualifying and include Daniel Summerhays of Brigham Young, Kyle Stanley of Clemson, Chance Piptone of Pennsylvania, Zach Sucher of UAB, Tim Streng of Western Illinois and Dan Woltman of Wisconsin.
This will mark the 110th annual event. Virginia Commonwealth University is the host school for this year’s event. Oklahoma State is the defending national team champion, and its golfer Jonathan Moore will return to defend his 2006 NCAA individual national championship. Teams will arrive on Sunday in time for their official practice rounds on Monday, May 28 and Tuesday, May 29. Official play begins with round one on May 30, round two on May 31, round three on June 1 and the final round on Saturday, June 2. Fans can follow play through live scoring on the internet at www.golfstat.com.
Tickets are available through the VCU athletic ticket office at 804-828-7267 or can be purchased online at www.vcuathletics.com. An all-session pass is $30. The Final Round Pass is $12 and passes to rounds one through three are $10 per round.