WVU Golf Headed To Louisville For NCAA Regionals
Sean Covich has followed an excellent plan in building the West Virginia golf program from scratch, and in its fourth year since being reinstated the team has taken another step forward. The squad will make its first appearance in 72 years in an NCAA regional when the Mountaineers head to the University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville, Kentucky, from May 13-15.
“To be an eight seed in Louisville is awesome,” coach Sean Covich said. “I’m just happy for guys like Max Sear and Tristan Nicholls; the two seniors who were part of our first recruiting class. Without Max and Tristan, we wouldn’t be at this point. This year, it’s been a team effort. Everybody has pitched in. Logan (Perkins) has played well at the right time, Mark Goetz has played well at the right time. Philly (Philipp Matlari) has played well, Pap (Etienne Papineau) has played well. Obviously, Sharp (Matthew Sharpstene) has done great. Kurtis (Grant) is just a freshman. He helped us out big time in the first event of the year and has been in the lineup a lot. It’s been a team effort. That’s the reason we’re here now.”
The Mountaineers are the No. 8 seed in the Louisville regional. They’re joined by Big 12 foe and No. 1-ranked Oklahoma State, No. 2 seed Auburn, No. 3 seed North Florida, No. 4 seed Louisville, No. 5 seed Baylor, No. 6 seed Arkansas State, No. 7 seed Iowa State, No. 9 seed Arizona, No. 10 seed Mississippi State, No. 11 seed New Mexico, No. 12 seed Jacksonville State and No. 13 seed Southern Illinois.
The Louisville regional is one of six 54-hole tournaments will be conducted from May 13-15. Thirteen teams and 10 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 individuals not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
NCAA team- and individual-medalist titles will be decided from May 24-29, at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.