May 14, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The No. 21 UAB men’s golf team will begin play in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, which takes place Thursday, May 15-Saturday, May 17 at the Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club in the Sugar Grove, Ill. Regional.
UAB is one of 14 teams competing at the regional and was awarded the No. 4 seed. The top five teams from each of six regional sites will advance to the NCAA National Championship at Prairie Dunes Golf Club in Hutchinson, Kan., May 27-June 1.
The Sugar Grove Regional will feature some of the top teams in the country. No. 1 seed California, No. 2 seed Illinois and No. 5 seed UNLV all made it to match play in the 2013 NCAA National Championships. California was a national semifinalist, while Illinois was the 2013 national runner-up.
The Blazers played well during the regular season. UAB recorded a win at the Georgetown Intercollegiate and had five second place finishes, including a runner-up finish at the 2014 Conference USA Championships.
Individually, four different players earned all-conference honors. Junior Paul Dunne was named the 2014 Conference USA Golfer of the Year and was selected to the first-team. Also garnering first-team honors was senior Wilson McDonald. Junior Martin Rohwer and senior Sam Love were named to the second-team.
UAB’s five individuals bring a lot of regional experience into the tournament. Four of the five played in the regionals in 2013 and also appeared in the NCAA Championships when the Blazers advanced in 2012.
Dunne has led UAB with two tournament titles and is boasting a 71.6 stroke average on the season. He took home individual medalist honors at the Georgetown Intercollegiate and the Samford Intercollegiate. This will be his third-straight appearance at the NCAA regionals.
McDonald won individual medalist honors at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate after finishing with a 202 (-8) total. He is second on the team with a 71.7 stroke average entering the regional. McDonald has finished in the top-10 four times this season.
Rohwer is appearing in his first NCAA regional as a Blazer. He is coming off a ninth place finish at the C-USA Championships. Roher finished second twice this season, at the Chris Schenkel Invitational and Georgetown Intercollegiate.
Love earned reserve medalist honors at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational after posting a 208 (-8). He has three top-10 finishes on the season. This will be his third-straight appearance at the NCAA regionals.
Senior Thomas Sutton is also making his third-straight appearance at the NCAA regionals. Sutton earned a season-high second-place finish at the Samford Intercollegiate. He has four top-10 finishes so far this season.
UAB will tee off from hole No. 10 beginning at 8:20 on Thursday morning. Sutton will tee first, followed by Love at 8:31, Rohwer at 8:42, McDonald at 8:53 and Dunne at 9:04.