NCAA Men's Golf Championship Begins Tuesday
May 28, 2012
Pacific Palisades, Calif. - The Tulsa men's golf team is one of 30 schools beginning competition at the NCAA Division I Golf Championship on Tuesday at the par-71, 7,292-yard Riviera Country Club.
Tulsa is making the school's 10th trip to the NCAA Championship Finals and first time since 2007. The Hurricane advanced to the finals by finishing in fifth place at the NCAA Greensboro Regional two weeks ago.
The NCAA Championship Finals covers 54 holes of stroke play over the first three days, Tuesday-Thursday, then the top-8 teams will participate in match play competition until a winner is crowned on Sunday, June 3.
Tulsa is among five Conference USA schools to reach the finals -- East Carolina, Memphis, Tulsa, UAB, UCF.
Tulsa's team will be comprised of juniors Chris Worrell and Mark Mumford, sophomore John Young Kim and freshman Matt Mabrey and Colton Staggs. Worrell has totaled a 73.5 stroke average this season, while Mumford has a 73.9 stroke average. The sophomore, Kim, has tallied a 73.6 stroke average in 33 rounds this year and had Tulsa's top finish at the NCAA Regional with a seventh-place performance.
Mabrey has paced the Hurricane this year with a 73.4 stroke average in 27 rounds, while Staggs had his best performance at the NCAA Regional with a 16th place performances.
Augusta State captured the last two NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships, defeating Georgia 3-2 in the final round of match play last year. Augusta State did not qualify for the NCAA Championship Finals this season.
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