Fun facts on the NCAA golf regional 05-14-2012

Below are some notes compiled by writer Rob Daniels on the upcoming NCAA golf regional at Grandover Resort, which will be hosted by UNCG and the Greensboro Sports Commission from Thursday-Saturday.

TEAMS: Fourteen teams, seven of which are ranked in the top 50 nationally by at least two sources, and five individuals head to the East Course at Grandover Resort for the NCAA East Regional. The top five clubs this week, as well as the top individual not on one of those teams, advance to the NCAA Championships.

Auburn, UNLV, Florida, Duke, Texas Tech, Liberty and SMU placed in the top 44 in the most recent ratings.

PLAYERS: Five players ranked in the top 50 nationally by Golfweek will take on the Grandover course. They are led by Florida's T.J. Vogel, who has earned all-conference honors in two leagues, the Pac 10 and SEC. Vogel was a top player at USC before transferring to Florida this year. Liberty's Robert Karlsson is a three-time Big South Conference Player of the Year. Auburn's Blayne Baber is a former Walker Cup player for the U.S. who will compete in his second Palmer Cup this year.

WELL TRAVELED: Represented by SMU, Texas Tech and Lamar, Texas has more teams in the Greensboro field than any other state. … At 52 miles, Duke has the shortest trip in the field. UNLV is 1,963 miles from the course. In all, six teams have trips of 800 or more miles.

CONNECTIONS: Florida is a four-time NCAA champion (2001, 1993, 1973, 1968). The most recent of those crowns was earned on the Duke University course. Gators coach Buddy Alexander is the son of former Duke player Skip Alexander, an acclaimed PGA Tour player and club professional. … The 2003 PGA Championship's leaderboard was fronted by alumni of two of this week's participants. Former Indiana Hoosier Sean Micheel won the event, edging Chad Campbell of UNLV.

OTHER ALUMNI: Adam Scott, who has finished in the top 10 in three of the four majors, is another former Rebel. … Tulsa's golf alumni include LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez and Hank Haney, Tiger Woods' former swing coach. … Another Tulsa grad, Gordon Matthews, is the founding father of voicemail technology. … Dallas Mavericks owner and Internet magnate Mark Cuban graduated from Indiana.

- UNCG -



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