May 7, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland men's golf team on Monday received an invitation to play in the NCAA East Regional Championship, to be held May 17 to 19 in Alpharetta, Ga.
The invitation was the sixth straight for Maryland, the first time the Terrapins have appeared in that many consecutive postseason events. Maryland is one of eight schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference that will play in the East Regional.
This year will mark the eighth NCAA appearance in head coach Tom Hanna's 16 years at his alma mater.
The top 10 teams at each of three regionals will advance to the NCAA Championship, to be held at the Golden Horseshow Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va., on May 30 through June 2.
Hanna said solid play during the Fall 2006 season helped his team earn the NCAA bid.
"We had a really good fall and I think that was a major part of getting in the tournament," said Hanna. "We set a school record with a 271 earlier this year at Xavier and I think that gave us some momentum.
"This is something I'm very excited about. To get in six years in a row is not an easy thing."
Maryland had strong outings recently at the Courtyard by Marriott Intercollegiate, with a ninth-place finish in a strong field, and in its last outing with a fifth-place finish at the Cavalier Classic in late April.
In each of the last two tournaments, sophomore transfer Chris Gold has led Maryland finishers. He tied for fourth to lead the Terps in Charlottesville.
"It's been a hard transition for him," Hanna said of Gold, who came to Maryland from Texas Tech. "To come from a southwestern school, we do things a little differently. It's taken a while to really adjust. He's done a good job of changing to ACC-type of golf."
NCAA EAST REGIONAL FIELD (Seeding order)
1. Georgia, 2. Clemson, 3. Florida, 4. Coastal Carolina, 5. Georgia Tech, 6. Georgia State, 7. Charlotte, 8. North Carolina, 9. Florida State, 10. Duke, 11. Auburn, 12. Ole Miss, 13. Chattanooga, 14. UAB, 15. UCF, 16. Virginia Tech, 17. Penn State, 18. Old Dominion, 19. Jacksonville State, 20. Louisiana-Lafayette, 21. St. John's, 22. Eastern Michigan, 23. MARYLAND, 24. Longwood, 25. Rhode Island, 26. Hartford, 27. Boston College.