Men's Golf Gearing Up for NCAA Norman Regional

May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018

Live Results | SDSU Tournament Notes

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego State men's golf team embarks on its quest for postseason glory next week when it travels to the nation's heartland to compete in the NCAA Norman Regional, May 14-16, in Norman, Okla. The 51st-ranked Aztecs, who are making their 20th consecutive regional appearance and 23rd overall, will be among the field vying for a spot in the NCAA national championship series, scheduled for May 25-30 in Stillwater, Okla.

SDSU received the No. 9 seed out of 14 teams in the Norman Regional, earning one of 50 at-large bids to the NCAA tournament after posting 11 top-10 team finishes in 12 events during the 2018 campaign, including four top-five placements. A total of 81 NCAA Division I schools received invitations to play in one of six regional events that will be held concurrently this week in Stockton, Calif. (Pacific), Bryan, Texas (Texas A&M), Norman, Okla. (Oklahoma), Kissimmee, Fla. (UCF), Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State) and Raleigh, N.C. (North Carolina State).

Joining the Aztecs at the par-72, 7,452-yard Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club this week will be 13 other teams, including eight foes ranked in the Golfstat top 50, along with five individual competitors (75 golfers overall). The top five squads and low individual not on an advancing team will move on to nationals from each of the six regionals.

Teams will complete 18 holes (54 total) of stroke play each of the three days, following a practice round on Sunday, May 13. SDSU will be paired with Brigham Young and Virginia for Monday's first round, which is set to begin on the No. 1 tee at 8:25 a.m. CT/6:25 a.m. PT, while starting times for Tuesday and Wednesday will be determined by team finishes.

Live hole-by-hole results courtesy of Golfstat will be available for all three rounds on GoAztecs.com.

Aztec Regional Lineup
San Diego State head coach Ryan Donovan will accompany five golfers to the Sooner State, including all-Mountain West performers PJ Samiere (Kailua, Hawaii) and Blake Abercrombie (Rocklin, Calif.), along with Trevor Norby (Carlsbad, Calif.), Puwit Anupansuebsai (Nakhon Phanom, Thailand) and Steve Sugimoto (San Diego, Calif.) The aforementioned quintet was utilized in two prior tournaments this year at the Lamkin San Diego Classic and K-State Bighorn Invitational.

Samiere has the most regional experience of the group with his fourth consecutive postseason appearance, while Abercrombie and Norby find themselves in the thick of fight for the second year in row, joining first-time participants Anupansuebsai and Sugimoto.

Samiere (71.31) and Abercrombie (72.40) are the only two players to have started all 12 tournaments for the Aztecs during the 2017-18 campaign.

Last season, Samiere was the Aztecs' top finisher at the Washington Regional outside of Seattle, where he tied for 22nd at 5-over 218, while Abercrombie landed in the 43rd position at 12-over 225, followed by Norby, who tied for 45th at 3-over 226.S

SDSU At NCAA Regionals
Since the NCAA regional format was adopted in 1989, SDSU has received a bid on 23 occasions, including a current streak of 20 straight from 1999 to 2018. However, this season marks the second time in which Aztecs will participate in a regional event based in the Central time zone after a 2014 excursion to Columbia, Mo.

SDSU has advanced through regional competition into the national championship series on eight occasions, highlighted by a team title at OMNI Tucson National Golf Club in 2011, where the Scarlet and Black posted the program's lowest combined score in regional play with a 19-under 833 en route to a seven-stroke victory.

The following season at Stanford Golf Course in 2012, the Aztecs turned in a second-place finish, with two-time All-American J.J. Spaun setting three team regional records, including lowest score (12-under 198), lowest round (7-under 63) and best individual finish (2nd).

SDSU also landed in the runner-up spot at the New Haven Regional in 2015, where four players finished among the individual top 25, including former Aztec All-American and 2017 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele, who tied for fifth at 3-under 207.

In 2016, the Aztecs added one of the most dramatic performances to the program's postseason lore after defeating Texas A&M on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to secure the Albuquerque Regional's fifth and final spot at the NCAA Championships. On the first playoff hole, former U.S. Amateur champion Gunn Yang holed out for a double-eagle with a 7-iron from 218 yards away, while Ryann Ree made an eagle of his own as the Aztecs topped the Aggies by three strokes (-5 to -2) on the par-5, 544-yard No. 1.

The Competition
The Aztecs are one of 10 teams in the Norman Regional ranked among the top 60 in the latest Golfstat rankings released May 2. Of those squads, five reside in the top 30, including tournament host and No. 3 Oklahoma, followed by Auburn (10), Arkansas (15), Florida State (22) and North Florida (27).

The Aztecs own a 7-10 record in head-to-head results against seven of their regional foes during the 2017-18 campaign, including 1-0 marks vs. Sam Houston State and UMKC. SDSU has also maintained the upper hand against Nevada (3-1), but finds itself on the wrong side of the ledger vs. Pepperdine (2-3) and Brigham Young (0-4).

A Look At The Course
Situated on land that was once home to a U.S. Navy recreational facility, Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club opened for play in January 1951, after famous golf course architect and native Oklahoman Perry Maxwell was commissioned to build the project.

In 1996, thanks to the generous contributions from OU supporters, especially that of namesake Jimmie Austin, an extensive renovation of the course was completed. World-renowned course architect Robert Cupp was chosen for the redesign, which remained true to features envisioned by Maxwell some 50 years earlier.

Today, the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club continues to reflect the level of excellence for which the University of Oklahoma is well known. Working with Tripp Davis, golf course architect and member of the 1989 OU men's national championship golf team, the club completed major renovations to the course, infrastructure and facilities in 2017.

In recognition of this excellence, the course has played host to the 1997 Oklahoma State Amateur and NCAA Regional, the Big 12 Women's Championship in 1998 and 2010, and most notably the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in 2009. The course hosted the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship and NCAA Regional Championships in 2012 (men's) and 2013 (women's) and is already scheduled to host more NCAA Regional Championships in 2019 and 2020.

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