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Nevada golf headed to Georgia for second straight NCAA Regionals

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Nevada headed to Georgia for NCAA Regionals. Photo Courtesy: Jenna Holland

The Nevada men’s golf team is headed to NCAA Regionals for a second consecutive season.

“We are off to the East Coast to play some postseason golf,” head coach Jacob Wilner said in a news release. “We will get there a bit earlier to get acclimated and prepare to advance to the national championship.”

The Wolf Pack, which will play as the No. 9 seed in the 13-team regional, will head to Athens, Ga. where Georgia will host at its home course, the University of Georgia Golf Course. The 54-hole regional will take place May 13-15. Aside from Nevada and No. 14 Georgia, the field also includes four other top 25 teams in No. 4 Vanderbilt, the region’s No. 1 seed, No. 9 Duke, No. 19 Liberty, No. 21 Alabama, along with Tennessee, Campbell, Kentucky, SMU, Memphis, UNC Wilmington and Princeton.

This selection is the Wolf Pack’s second consecutive at-large bid as it was sent to Norman, Okla., in the 2018 NCAA Regionals, finishing ninth in the 14-team field. It marks just the 13th regionals appearance overall for the program in its history. Nevada is ranked 52nd in the country according to GolfStat, which is the second-highest mark in program history.

Nevada will try and rebound from a disappointing finish at the Mountain West Championship where the Wolf Pack finished eighth out of 11 teams after entering the event with title aspirations.

Nevada has put together one of its best seasons in its history, winning a single-season program-record three tournament titles. The Pack claimed victories at the Nick Watney Invitational and Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational in the fall, and the Olympic Club Intercollegiate this spring. In addition to those wins, the Wolf Pack has racked up seven top five finishes in its 10 events. Through 30 rounds of action this season, Nevada has compiled a team scoring average of 287.02, which is on pace to set the single season record.

Thirty teams (the top five from each Regional) and six individuals will advance to the national championships to be played May 24-29 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.

NCAA TOURNAMENT

Here is a look at the 13 times the Wolf Pack has reached an NCAA Regional and its finish.

1988-89: 7th (finished 25th at nationals)

1989-90: T8th (finished 28th at nationals)

1990-91: 16th

1991-92: 16th

1992-93: 10th

1995-96: 13th

1997-98: 13th

2000-01: 22nd

2001-02: 16th

2005-06: T9th (finished 28th at nationals)

2006-07: 20th

2017-18: 9th

2018-19: TBD

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