Coming off a 19-stroke win in the Southern Conference tournament, Chattanooga earned a No. 6 seed in the upcoming 2012 NCAA Division I men’s golf tournament, the NCAA selection committee announced Monday night.
Making their sixth straight NCAA appearance, the Mocs will open the tournament in the Bowling Green, Ky., Region and compete at The Club at Olde Stone.
The Tennessee Vols, meanwhile, are an eight seed playing out of the Stanford, Calif., Region and will play at Stanford Golf Course.
The NCAA tournament will open with six 54-hole regional tournaments held May 17-19. Per NCAA.com, 13 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.
The NCAA finals will be held May 29-June 3 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
In his final NCAA tournament appearance, UTC senior Stephan Jaeger will look to continue his hot play following an 11-stroke individual victory at the SoCon tournament. Jaeger, a three-time SoCon golfer of the year, is currently ranked in the top 15 in the country. He’ll be joined at Stanford by teammates Steven Fox, Liam Johnston, Chris Robb and Benni Weilguni.
The Mocs last advanced in the NCAA tournament in 2009.
Augusta State, the No. 8 seed in the Athens Ga., Regional, is the tournament’s two-time defending champion, while LSU’s John Peterson captured the 2011 individual title.
Listed below are the teams and individuals selected to participate in the championships. Teams winning automatic qualification are designated by their conferences in parentheses.
University of Georgia Golf Course – Athens, Ga.
1. Alabama [Southeastern Conference]
2. North Florida [Atlantic Sun Conference]
3. New Mexico
6. East Carolina
7. Long Beach State
8. Augusta State
9. Wake Forest
12. North Carolina-Wilmington [Colonial Athletic Association]
13. Loyola (Md.) [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference]
1. Joe David, Mississippi
2. Jacobo Pastor, Charleston Southern
3. Trey Valentine, South Florida
4. Chad Ramey, Mississippi State
5. Sebastian Soderberg, Coastal Carolina
6. Brandon Pena, Florida Gulf Coast
7. James Beale, Mercer
8. David Denlinger, Charleston Southern
9. Kamito Hirai, Winthrop
10. Clay Myers, Jackson State
Grandover Resort – East Course – Greensboro, N.C.
Hosts: North Carolina-Greensboro and the Greensboro Sports Commission
6. Liberty [Big South Conference]
8. Texas Tech
10. Lamar [Southland Conference]
13. George Washington [Atlantic 10 Conference]
14. Mount St. Mary’s [Northeast Conference]
1. Vaita Guillaume, Campbell
2. Sam Ryder, Stetson
3. Rhys Enoch, East Tennessee State
4. Casey O’Toole, Samford
5. Leo Garcia, Sacred Heart
University of Michigan Golf Course – Ann Arbor, Mich.
1. Southern California
3. Kent State [Mid-American Conference]
6. Oklahoma State
7. Kennesaw State
10. North Carolina State
11. Notre Dame [Big East Conference]
12. Ohio State
13. Navy [Patriot League]
1. Peter Williamson, Dartmouth
2. Matt Thompson, Michigan
3. Sebastian MacLean, Xavier
4. Erik Van Rooyen, Minnesota
5. Dan Ellis, Michigan State
6. Tyler Merkel, Ball State
7. Charlie Bull, Akron
8. Chad Ebert, Green Bay
9. William Park, Army
10. Greg Matthias, Delaware
The Club at Olde Stone – Bowling Green, Ky.
Host: Western Kentucky
3. Texas A&M [Big 12 Conference]
5. North Texas [Sun Belt Conference]
6. CHATTANOOGA [Southern Conference]
7. Memphis [Conference USA]
8. Virginia Tech
10. Iowa State
11. Colorado State
12. Jacksonville State [Ohio Valley Conference]
13. Pennsylvania [The Ivy League]
14. Alabama State [Southwestern Athletic Conference]
1. Jace Long, Missouri
2. Justin Dorward, Louisville
3. Adam Hofmann, Vanderbilt
4. Emilio Cuartero, Missouri
5. Anthony Bradley, Austin Peay
Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club – Norman, Okla.
2. Georgia Tech [Atlantic Coast Conference]
4. Florida State
6. Saint Mary’s (Calif.) [West Coast Conference]
7. Illinois [Big Ten Conference]
8. Middle Tennessee
9. South Carolina
10. San Diego
12. Sacramento State [America Sky Men’s Golf Conference]
13. IUPUI [The Summit League]
14. Loyola-Chicago[Horizon League]
1. Martin Simonsen, UTEP
2. Kevin Lucas, Nevada
3. Mitchell McLeroy, Stephen F. Austin
4. Scott Willman, Nebraska
5. Alfred Kerstis, UALR
Stanford Golf Course – Stanford, Calif.
1. California [Pac-12 Conference]
3. San Diego State [Mountain West Conference]
7. Wichita State [Missouri Valley Conference]
9. Oregon State
10. Southeastern Louisiana
11. San Francisco
12. San Jose State [Western Athletic Conference]
13. UC Davis [Big West Conference]
1. Zac Blair, Brigham Young
2. Justin Shin, New Mexico State
3. Josh Anderson, Pepperdine
4. Alex Edfort, Pacific
5. Justin Keiley, Brigham Young
6. Allan Jun, UC Irvine
7. Mason Casper, Utah Valley
8. Johnny MacArthur, Pepperdine
9. Jarred Bossio, Idaho
10. Zachery Fullerton, New Mexico State