Missouri Golf is headed back to postseason play after being selected to participate in the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional (May 19-21) by the NCAA Men’s Golf Selection Committee. The Southeast Regional will be hosted at the Golden Ocala Golf Club in Ocala, Fla., and top-seeded Florida is the tournament host.
It’s the 10th NCAA Regional appearance for Mizzou and fourth under head coach Mark Leroux. It is also the second consecutive year Missouri has qualified for NCAA Regional play.
Missouri is one of the younger teams in this year’s field and will return four of five starters in 2011-12. The Tigers are currently ranked No. 56 nationally and were one of seven Big 12 teams to qualify for NCAA Regional play.
Missouri is led by standout Jace Long. A native of Dixon, Mo., Long owns three tournament wins this spring season, including the Mizzou Intercollegiate title on April 5 at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia. Long is ranked 61st nationally by GolfStat.com and is among the nation’s leaders in 2011 with those three spring victories.
Also playing well is sophomore Stuart Ballingall. The Norwich, United Kingdom, product finished fourth at the 2011 Big 12 Championship in Hutchinson, Kan., tying or defeating 14 of the country’s Top 100 players. The fourth-place showing earned him All-Tournament accolades. He is also a standout in the classroom where he was named first team Academic All-Big 12 in 2011.
Mizzou last advanced to NCAA finals play in 2005, earning a 16th place national finish overall. Missouri will be one of 14 teams competing in the Southeast Regional. The 75-man field will also have five individual performers. The top five finishing teams and top individual will advance to the 114th NCAA Championships, May 31-June 5, at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.