WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Heading into its third straight NCAA Regional appearance, Saint Mary's golf aims to take full advantage one day at a time to ultimately finish among the top five teams at Purdue's Kampen Golf Course starting Monday, May 15.
The Gaels have competed in six NCAA Regionals since 2005, and are in their program record third-straight regional tournament. In 2013, the Gaels finished a program-high third in the West Regional in Pullman, Wash. and advanced to its second NCAA Championships. SMC also qualified for the 2008 finals after finishing seventh in the West Regional in Bremerton, Wash.
The 10-seed in this year's NCAA Regional at Kampen GC, Saint Mary's will tee off the 10th tee at 9:15 a.m. ET/ 6:15 a.m. PT with Campbell and Richmond.
For all coverage of the NCAA Regionals at Kampen Golf Course, the tournament central page can be accessed by clicking HERE. Viewers can watch live scores and see the entire field on the tournament central link.
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.
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.
The Gaels will present a lineup of the same starting five who finished third in this year's West Coast Conference Championship.
Perry Cohen returns for his third NCAA Regional showing. The junior was recently named All-WCC First Team and continues to pace the Gaels with a 71.85 stroke average.
This year's PING Cougar Classic Medalist, Pavan Sagoo will also appear in his third NCAA Regional. The London native has three top-10 finishes on the season and will look for another strong outing.
Last year's best finisher at the Regionals for the Gaels, Connor Blick also makes his third outing at the NCAA Regionals. The Bay Area native is third on the team with his 72.97 stroke average and finished a team-best tied-12th in last year's Tucson Regional.
Making his first run at the NCAA Regionals, Roman Aragon will provide a steady presence in the middle of the lineup for the Gaels. The 5-9 junior has one top-10 finish this season and recently finished tied-15th at the WCC Championship at Riverside Country Club.
In his last year for the Gaels, senior Hunter Rappleye will strive to string together the best three rounds of his career and help SMC advance to the NCAA Championships. The Sacramento native had his best tournament of the year at the WCC Championship just two weeks ago with a tied-7th finish.
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.
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