GREENSBORO, N.C. – The No. 12 seed UNCG men’s golf team will start play in the NCAA Stockton, California Regional on Monday through Wednesday at the par-72, 7,239-yard The Reserve at Spanos Park. This will be the second ever NCAA Region the Spartans have competed at in program history.
The region tees off threesomes starting at 7:30 a.m. PT. Paired with No. 10 Iowa State and No. 12 UC Irvine, UNCG will start on hole 10 at 8:55 a.m.. Joseph Cansler will start things off for the Spartans, and Jonathan Brightwell, Bryce Hendrix, Josh Stockwell and Nick Lyerly will tee every 11 minutes after. Live stats can be found at golfstatresults.com.
Joining UNCG in the region is No. 1 seed LSU, No. 2, Alabama No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 USC, No. 5 Oregon, No. 6 TCU, No. 7 Colorado, No. 8 Kansas, No. 9 Kennesaw State and No. 13 North Dakota State. There will be 10 individuals also participating: Carl Yuan (Washington), Riley Elmes (Loyola Marymount), Vinnie Murphy (Grand Canyon), Felix Mory (Cal State Northridge), Blake Tomlinson (Utah), Charles Corner (UTEP), Henry Lee (Washington), Jeremy Gandon (Kansas State), Ryan Han (UC Davis) and Michael Christifulli (Siena).
Golf Channel will feature expanded coverage of the final day of the regional championships on Wednesday. It will begin with Morning Drive, Golf Channel’s daily lifestyle news show, and continue hourly throughout the day via live Golf Central news updates from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. ET that will be published to Golf Channel Digital and Golf Channel’s social media handles. Coverage will conclude with live news segments, featuring highlights and interviews, announcing the teams and individuals who qualified for the women’s and men’s national championships.
The five other regions are Raleigh, North Carolina (Lonnie Poole Golf Course), Bryan, Texas (Traditions Club, Bryan Texas), Columbus, Ohio (Scarlet Course/OSU Golf Course), Kissimmee, Florida (Reunion Resort, Kissimmee) and Norman, Oklahoma (Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club). 81 teams and 45 individuals will compete in the six regional sites (13 teams and 10 individuals at three regionals and 14 teams and five individuals at three regionals). 30 teams and six individuals (five teams and the top individual in each region) will advance from regional sites to the national championships to be played May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
UNCG clinched the automatic bid for the NCAA regionals by winning its first-ever Southern Conference Championship by five strokes with a team-score of 18-over par 882 (297-285-300) in windy and rainy conditions last Tuesday at the par-72, 7,118-yard Pinehurst No. 9. Lyerly also became the second Spartan to claim the SoCon Individual Championship, turning in a 4-under 212 (73-70-69) for the only sub-par score in the field. Lyerly also won the SoCon Freshman of the Year Award and was named to the all-conference team.
Stockwell finished in a tie for fourth place at 3-over 219 (74-69-76) and was named to the all-conference team. Joining him on the All-SoCon Team was Hendrix. Hendrix tied for 11th place at 7-over 223 (72-71-80). Brightwell tied for 18th place at 12-over 228 (78- 75-75).
Hendrix leads the Spartans with a 72.73 stroke average that ranks third in the conference. Hendrix has recorded two top-10 finishes in the last three tournaments that featured several ranked teams and individuals: tied for third in the Linger Longer Invitational and tied for sixth in the Irish Creek Intercollegiate.
Lyerly enters the tournament with the sixth-best stroke average of 72.97 that’s also the second-best among freshman. He tied for 20th-place in the Spartans’ last regular season tournament, the Irish Creek Collegiate. Stockwell owns a 73.64 stroke average, 12th-highest in the league.
Brightwell ranks 21st in the SoCon with an average of 74.70, and Cansler sports an average of 75.83 in six tournaments this season.
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