WVU Golf Waiting More Than 70 Years For This
For the first time in more than 70 years, West Virginia’s golf team will be participating in the NCAA Tournament.
The Mountaineers compete in the Louisville Regional at the University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville, Kentucky, from May 13-15.
WVU enters the tournament as the No. 8 seed. It marks the first NCAA appearance for West Virginia’s golf team since the program was reinstated in 2015-16 and the first overall since 1947.
The Mountaineers are joined in the Louisville regional 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.
Sophomore Matthew Sharpstene, senior Max Sear, junior Etienne Papineau, sophomore Logan Perkins and junior Philipp Matlari make up the West Virginia lineup. Sophomore Mark Goetz will serve as the alternate.
Golfers will play 18 holes each day on the par-71, 7,217-yard course. WVU is paired with Iowa State and Arizona for the first round in tee times starting at 8:25 a.m., when Matlari will tee off hole No. 1. He’s followed by Perkins at 8:36 a.m., Papineau at 8:47, Sear at 8:58 and Sharpstene at 9:09. Teams will be re-paired according to score following each round.
Sharpstene, who took 13th place at the 2019 Big 12 Championship at The Greenbrier, currently leads the squad with a 70.63 scoring average and four-top 10 finishes on the season. Sear ranks second with a scoring average of 71.70 and claimed medalist honors at The Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational back in October. Papineau averages 71.97 with a trio of top-10 finishes on the year.
Six 54-hole NCAA regional tournaments across the country will be conducted from May 13-15.
The top five teams at each regional, as well as the top individual not on one of those teams, will advance on to the NCAA championships, will be held May 24-29, at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.