Mark Leroux has led the nationally-ranked Mizzou Golf team back to the postseason.
May 6, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - Missouri Golf is back in postseason play under head coach Mark Leroux as the No. 29-ranked Tigers (Golfstat.com) were selected to participate in the 2013 NCAA Columbus, Ohio, Regional, held May 16-18 at the Scarlet Course hosted by Ohio State University.
Mizzou enters the event as the No. 5 seed in the Columbus Regional. The top five teams from each of the six NCAA Regionals will advance to play at the 2013 NCAA Championships, May 28 - June 1, at the Capital City Club's Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga.
It's the 11th NCAA Regional appearance for Mizzou and fifth under Leroux. It is also the third time in four years that the Tigers have advanced to postseason play as a team. Jace Long and Emilio Cuartero participated as individuals in the NCAA Regional last year. Long of course won the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional title as a sophomore and advanced to the NCAA Tournament as an individual.
"I am really excited for our team and just really proud of the way they have competed all season long," Head Coach Mark Leroux said. "Obviously there is a great field in Columbus, but our guys will go in with a lot of confidence with the goal of making it to Atlanta."
Mizzou last advanced to NCAA finals play in 2005, earning a 16th place national finish overall. Missouri will be one of 13 teams competing in the Columbus Regional. New Mexico is the top seed followed by Stanford and SEC powers Auburn and South Carolina. South Carolina finished second at the 2013 SEC Championships and Auburn was third. Missouri finished seventh overall in that event and knocked off five nationally-ranked programs in the process.
2013 NCAA Tournament Host Sites:
Karsten Golf Couse in Tempe, Ariz., (Arizona State host), The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark., (Arkansas host), Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla., (Florida State host), University Club in Baton Rouge, La., (LSU host), The Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio, (Ohio State host) and Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash., (Washington State host).
For more information on Missouri Golf please visit our website at mutigers.com. Live stats from each NCAA Regional can be found at Golfstat.com.
NCAA Columbus (Ohio) Regional Participating Teams (With Seeds) 1. New Mexico 2. Stanford 3. Auburn 4. South Carolina 5. Missouri 6. UNLV 7. Texas Tech 8. Chattanooga 9. Georgia Southern 10. San Francisco 11. Virginia 12. Charlotte 13. Valparaiso
NCAA Regional Appearances 1989 16th 1990 18th 1992 21st 1995 21st 2002 20th 2003 26th 2005 6th 2006 19th 2010 10th 2011 6th 2013 TBD
NCAA Finals Appearances 1949 N/A 1963 15th 1971 N/A 1972 29th 1983 13th 1984 14th 1986 22nd 2005 16th
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