May 22, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The No. 19 UAB men’s golf team is set to compete at the 2014 NCAA Championship that runs from Friday, May 23 through Wednesday, May 28 at the Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. The Blazers earned the No. 12 seed of 30 teams after finishing second at the Sugar Grove Regional last week.
UAB advanced to the NCAA nationals for the fifth time in school history. The Blazers’ last appearance came in the 2011-12 season, when they finished 29th. The highest finish for UAB was in the 2000-01 season, when the team tied for 12th.
The Blazers bring national experience to this year’s tournament as four of the five players competed at the NCAAs in 2011-12. All three seniors, Sam Love, Wilson McDonald and Thomas Sutton and junior Paul Dunne all played during that season.
The team is riding its momentum from regionals, where it earned the school’s best finish as runner-up. Dunne led the Blazers with a 218 (+2) to tie for third and sophomore Martin Rohwer finished tied for sixth after scoring a 220 (+4) in his first appearance at a NCAA regional.
For this year’s tournament, teams will play 54-holes of stroke-play to open the tournament and the top eight teams after stroke play qualify for the championship playoff, where the tournament switches to match play. The eight teams will face off starting Tuesday and the championship match will be played on Wednesday.
UAB is paired with Houston and Arkansas for the first two rounds of play. The Blazers have been slated to tee off from the first tee at 1:30 p.m. CT on Friday. Saturday, the teams will begin play in the morning starting at 8:10 p.m. from the 10th tee.
The tournament will air on the Golf Channel, which will carry live coverage from Monday through Wednesday, nightly from 5-8 p.m. Monday night’s coverage will show the championship round of the individual’s tournament. Tuesday and Wednesday’s broadcast will show the semifinals and finals of the match-play for the team championship playoff.
NCAA Championship Field
2. Oklahoma State
4. Georgia Tech
17. Florida State
18. Texas A&M
20. Southern Cal
22. South Carolina
26. Kennesaw State
29. Georgia State
30. Iowa State