Vol Golf set for NCAA Championship
May 28, 2013
ATLANTA, Ga. - On Tuesday, the Tennessee men's golf team will make its seventh trip to the NCAA Championship under head coach Jim Kelson. The Vols will look to ride the momentum from a fourth place qualifying finish at the NCAA regional in Baton Rouge, La., a week ago.
"I think our team right now is ready to get after it next week," Jay Vandeventer said. "We are all feeling great about our games and how we are going to approach next week."
Tennessee will join a group of 30 teams that have been seeded and paired for the first two rounds of NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship. The tournament begins Tuesday, May 28, at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Milton, Ga.
"Going into the tournament as a team, I think we're building off of our strong final round at regionals. So I think we're in good form," Oliver Goss said. "I'm definitely looking forward to proving that Tennessee is a strong force."
Tennessee will be the 25th seed and will be paired for the first two rounds with UCF and Arizona State. They will tee off on the 10th hole beginning at 8:10 a.m. ET in Tuesday's opening round and from the 1st hole at 1:30 p.m. ET in Wednesday's second round. Pairings and tee times for the first 36 holes are set by seed, and pairings for the final round of stroke play Thursday will be set by team score.
California is the top seed for the championship, followed by 2012 NCAA championship runner-up Alabama, UCLA, 2012 national champion Texas, Washington, New Mexico, Georgia Tech, Arkansas, TCU and Florida to round out the top 10.
"Being the biggest and last tournament of the year, I think everyone is working harder towards a good finish," Goss said. "We just need to focus that little bit extra to show that we are one of the top programs in the country."
Kelson will go with a different lineup than the one that qualified for the NCAA Championship in Baton Rouge. The Vols' starting five will be Goss, Rick Lamb, Vandeventer, Michael Nagy, and Brandon Rodgers. Click here for the NCAA Championship Roster Cheat Sheet
"We have had a great week of practice and support and we are just looking to have some fun in Atlanta," Vandeventer said. "I think our game plan is to carry over the momentum we had from the last round at regionals and just try and enjoy the situation we are in."
The 75th edition of the national championship takes place over six days, beginning May 28 when the 30 teams battle in 54 holes of stroke play, 18 holes each day over three days, followed by three days of match play competition culminating in the national championship match Sunday, June 2.
The field for the NCAA championship was filled by the top five teams advancing from each of six regional tournaments taking place around the country last weekend. The 30 teams in the field have combined for 30 national team titles in the 75-year history of the championship.
The format for stroke play is each team fields five players, with the low four scores each day counting toward the team score. After 54 holes on Thursday, May 30, the individual national champion will be crowned, and the top eight schools in terms of team score are seeded for match play competition beginning Thursday, May 31.
In team match play, each of the five players on a team plays a match against a counterpart on the opposing team. Each individual match is worth a point for his team, and the team with the most points after the five matches are completed advances to the next round. Quarterfinal matches are set for Friday, May 31, with semifinals on Saturday, June 1, and the championship match Sunday, June 2.
The NCAA.com will offer live web streaming of the championship beginning on the final day of stroke play Thursday, May 30, and during each day of match play.
Volunteer fans can keep up with the team by following @Vol_Golf.
NCAA Championship Schedule
First Round Pairings - May 28 7 a.m. (1st tee) - Oklahoma State, LSU, Auburn 7:20 a.m. (10th tee) - South Carolina, Texas A&M, Saint Mary's 7:50 a.m. (1st tee) - Kent State, Oklahoma, UNLV 8:10 a.m. (10th tee) - UCF, Tennessee, Arizona State 8:40 a.m. (1st tee) - Texas Tech, Coastal Carolina, Ball State 9 a.m. (10th tee) - Daniel Walker (Richmond), Mario Clemens (SMU), Tyler Klava (South Alabama) 12:20 p.m. (10th tee) - California, Alabama, UCLA 12:40 p.m. (1st tee) - Texas, Washington, New Mexico 1:10 p.m. (10th tee) - Georgia Tech, Arkansas, TCU 1:30 p.m. (1st tee) - Florida, Southern California, Georgia 2 p.m. (10th tee) - Florida State, North Florida, Illinois 2:20 p.m. (1st tee) - Denny McCarthy (Virginia), Dustin Korte (Austin Peay), Rodolfo Cazaubon (North Texas)
Second-Round Pairings - May 29 7 a.m. (1st tee) - California, Alabama, UCLA 7:20 a.m. (10th tee) - Texas, Washington, New Mexico 7:50 a.m. (1st tee) - Georgia Tech, Arkansas, TCU 8:10 a.m. (10th tee) - Florida, Southern California, Georgia 8:40 a.m. (1st tee) - Florida State, North Florida, Illinois 9 a.m. (10th tee) - Denny McCarthy (Virginia), Dustin Korte (Austin Peay), Rodolfo Cazaubon (North Texas) 12:20 p.m. (10th tee) - Oklahoma State, LSU, Auburn 12:40 p.m. (1st tee) - South Carolina, Texas A&M, Saint Mary's 1:10 p.m. (10th tee) - Kent State, Oklahoma, UNLV 1:30 p.m. (1st tee) - UCF, Tennessee, Arizona State 2 p.m. (10th tee) - Texas Tech, Coastal Carolina, Ball State 2:20 p.m. (1st tee) - Daniel Walker (Richmond), Mario Clemens (SMU), Tyler Klava (South Alabama)
Third-Round Pairings - May 30 (set according to 36-hole scores, same time schedule)
Friday, May 31 - Quarterfinals of Match Play 10 a.m. - Seed #1 vs. #8 10:45 a.m. - Seed #4 vs. #5 11:30 a.m. - Seed #2 vs. #7 12:15 p.m. - Seed #3 vs. #6
Saturday, June 1 - Semifinals of Match Play 10 a.m. - Match 1 & 2 winners 10:45 a.m. - Match 3 & 4 winners
Sunday, June 2 - Final Round 10 a.m. - Championship match
LIVE WEB STREAMING SCHEDULE ON NCAA.COM Thursday, May 30th - 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 31st - 1:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1 - 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 2 - 1:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.