LakePoint, Ga. - For three ASUN Conference Men's Golf teams the postseason begins on Monday in the NCAA Regionals. Jacksonville, Kennesaw State and North Florida look to compete for one of the coveted spots in the NCAA National Championship. The top-five teams from each regional site will advance to Stillwater, Okla. and Karsten Creek Golf Club, site of the 2018 NCAA National Championships.
The Ospreys come into the regionals as the highest ranked ASUN team, sitting 26th in the latest Golfstat rankings. Boosted by their performance at the ASUN Championship, where they won their fifth title, North Florida looks to return to the National Championships for the first time since 2013. The Ospreys earned the No. 5 seed in their regional, and will face off against some tough compeition in the NCAA Norman Regional. Oklahoma, playing on its home course, Auburn, Arkansas and Florida State were all seeded above the Ospreys, while Pepperdine, BYU and Virginia rounded out the top-eight seeds. The Ospreys are led by two First Team All-Conference selections in Philip Knowles and Andrew Alligood, who bring a wealth of NCAA Regional experience with them as well.
Kennesaw State makes the long trip out west to Stockton, Calif. as the Owls will participate in the NCAA Pacific Regional. The Owls are appearing in their eighth-straight NCAA Regional and look to make it back to the NCAA Championships for the fourth time. They have never advanced out of regionals in back-to-back years, but have a chance to this year after finishing second in their regional last year. Kennesaw State is led by Jake Fendt, an First Team All-Conference pick this season. Wyatt Larkin, Pablo Torres, Connor Coffee and Brady Keran round out the lineup that head coach Bryant Odom is going to play with at this regional. The Owls were seeded No. 9 with the likes of LSU, Alabama, Stanford, USC, Oregon and TCU ahead of them.
The Dolphins are making back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Regionals for the first time in program history and they look to make it back-to-back National Championship appearances as well. Jacksonville heads to Columbus, Ohio to participate in the NCAA Columbus Regional. Jacksonville earned the No. 10 seed in the regional and will be up against some of the top teams in the country. Oklahoma State, the No. 1-ranked team in GolfStat this season, highlights the field, with Illinois, Texas Tech, UNLV and Wake Forest rounded out the top-five seeds set to play on the Scarlet Golf Course. The Dolphins will be led by ASUN Freshman of the Year Michael Sakane and First Team All-Conference Raul Pereda, who experienced the regionals last year helping the team advance.