RALEIGH, N.C. -- The eighth-ranked Husky men's golf team earned the second seed at the Raleigh, North Carolina regional hosted by NC State. The tournament is a three day (May 15-17), 54-hole stroke play championship. Washington will travel cross-country needing to finish in the top five to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships later this month.
The NC State Regional will be contested at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. It will play a par of 72 over 7,358 yards with a design that leans heavily on traditional Scottish style, accommodating the natural landscape.
The Huskies drew No. 5 Georgia Tech as the top seed in their region. The rest of the field includes No. 17 Florida State, No. 20 Texas A&M, Mercer, Kentucky, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, South Alabama, Memphis, Minnesota, Rice and Bethune-Cookman.
Georgia Tech (ACC), Mercer (Atlantic Sun), Minnesota (Big-10), Rice (Conference USA) and Bethune-Cookman (MEAC) all received automatic bids for winning their conference. These rest of the teams were chosen as al-large qualifiers.
The Dawgs have won a NCAA regional three times, including as recently as 2012. Last year, UW finished as the runner-up at the Florida State regional to advance to the NCAA Championships. The Huskies have advanced to nine of the past 11 NCAA Championships and have played in the NCAA's 13 times overall. The top finish came in 2005 when the Dawgs placed third.
Washington was one of eight Pac-12 teams to earn a spot at a regional, including No. 3 Stanford and No. 4 California who took top seeds at the Oregon and Northern Illinois regionals. USC, UCLA, Colorado, Oregon and Arizona State also advanced to a regional.
The Dawgs are coming off a runner-up finish at the Pac-12 Championships. Washington made a charge on the final day, surpassing Cal for second place, but falling short of the eventual champion, Stanford. Cheng-Tsung Pan led the Dawgs, earning the induividual runner-up position at 5-under 283.
Follow the Dawgs live at the regional via golfstat.com with recaps on gohuskies.com. Should the Huskies advance, the NCAA Championships is scheduled to begin May 23 in Hutchinson, Kansas.