EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men’s golf has earned a berth in the NCAA Regionals, heading to Sammamish, Washington, hosted by the University of Washington, May 15-17. This is the Spartans’ second-straight trip to NCAA Regionals.
Michigan State earned a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Washington Regional, which will be held at Aldarra Golf Club in Sammamish, Washington (Monday-Wednesday).
The 2017 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship field was announced on a live selection show Thursday afternoon on the Golf Channel.
“We are relieved and excited today to be going back to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. It has been a bit of a roller coaster this year, but our guys have put together a resume that is impressive and deserving of a bid to the Regionals. We had three team wins, two All Big-Ten selections, an individual medalist and multiple top performances from various guys in our lineup to make this opportunity possible. I am proud of these guys, and I know they are proud to represent Michigan State and our program in Washington next week,” MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said.
The Spartans are one of eight Big Ten teams to advance to NCAA Regionals along with Illinois, which is the No. 2 seed at the West Lafayette Regional. The other B1G teams advancing are Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue. Maryland, Minnesota and Nebraska will send individuals to NCAA Regionals.
The complete field for the NCAA Washington Regional (in order of seeds) is as follows: USC, Kent State, Texas A&M, Florida State, Washington, Alabama, San Diego State, UTEP, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Seattle, Marquette and Bryant.
“The leadership of our senior class has been instrumental this year and we are counting on them to lead us going forward. We want to send them out in Chicago at the NCAA Finals. I also want to thank our assistant coaches, our department staff and administrators, and all the supporters who invest in champions and give us the opportunity to live our dreams. We are blessed to knock off another goal on our list this season and look forward to preparing right away for a great event out west,” Lubahn said.
The Spartans are led by seniors Sam Weatherhead and Charlie Netzel, who both earned second-team All-Big Ten honors. Weatherhead has endured an injury-plagued season, but still finished with three top-five finishes. The senior had a season-low 208 (68-74-66) at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate in October, tying a career low with the third-round 66.
Netzel had a breakout senior campaign. The senior had one tournament victory, capturing the Colleton River Collegiate in March. He had a career-low 205 at the prestigious Alister MacKenzie Invitational. He ended the season strong with back-to-back top 10 finishes to end the regular season. Netzel averaged a 72.56, which was the lowest of any Spartan competing in more than six events.
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 15-17. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
Live scoring of the regional in Washington Regional will be available at msuspartans.com.
Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Northern Illinois is the host institution for the 2017 championships.
2017 Regional Sites
Site Host University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana LSU
College Grove, Tennessee Middle Tennessee State
West Lafayette, Indiana Purdue
Stanford, California Stanford
Austin, Texas Texas
Sammamish, Washington Washington