MORAGA, Calif. — After another strong season which saw Saint Mary's compete in the toughest fields throughout the nation, the Gaels will return for their third straight NCAA Regional appearance as the 10-seed at the West Lafayette Regional hosted by Purdue at Kampen Course.
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“Getting an invite to the NCAA postseason is our main goal each season and we are extremely proud to be able to reach the regionals again,” said Saint Mary's head coach Scott Hardy. “This marks three straight years getting into the regionals which is a program record at Saint Mary's.”
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 15-17. Thirteen teams and ten 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.
Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Northern Illinois University is the host institution for the 2017 championships.
The Gaels will be the No. 10 seed as they will compete at the Birk Boilermaker Golf Complex, Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind. Florida will be the No. 1 seed after another strong season. The rest of the field includes: Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, UNLV, Auburn, South Carolina, Colorado, Purdue, New Mexico, Augusta, Campbell, Richmond and Cleveland State.
Traveling to the other side of the country and playing at an unfamiliar course is always a challenge, but the Gaels will be ready for whatever the course brings at the regionals.
“This is what we have been working hard for all year,” said senior Hunter Rappleye. “With a chance to compete and make the national championship, every team is on the same level right now.”
In potentially his last collegiate tournament, Rappleye and the Gaels are looking forward to their preparation and hopefully their best three rounds to date.
“I'm going to give it all I got, and I know the whole team will do the same,” said Rappleye. “Our team is tough and we will leave nothing in the tank."
A links style course with large greens, native grasslands, vast bunkers and ponds, Kampen Course is annually ranked as one of the most difficult places to play in Indiana.
The course has been host to several top quality collegiate tournaments such as the 2000 Men's Big Ten Championship, 2003 NCAA Women's Championship, 2004 Indiana Open, 2005 Women's Western Amateur and the 2008 NCAA Men's Championship.
“Our focus now turns to what we need to do to prepare properly for the Pete Dye designed course at Purdue,” said Hardy.
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