May 8, 2012
BEAUMONT - After winning the Southland Conference Tournament two weeks ago, the Lamar University men's golf team learned Monday evening that it would be heading to the Greensboro Regional of the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships.
The Cardinals will be one of 81 teams participating in the six regional tournaments which will be conducted May 17-19. Additionally, 45 individuals will be competing in the six regionals. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
The Greensboro Regional, which will be held at the Grandover Resort East Course, will feature 14 teams and five individuals. North Carolina-Greensboro and the Greensboro Sports Commission will serve as tournament hosts for the event.
Joining the Cardinals in the 54-hole opening tournament will be Auburn, UNLV, Florida, Duke, Indiana, Liberty, SMU, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Louisiana-Lafayette, Charlotte, George Washington and Mount St. Mary's.
"We've never played there before but I'm sure it will be a good test of golf," said LU head coach Brian White who was named the SLC Coach of the Year for the third time this season. "We're going to go play our best and see if that's good enough to get through. There are a lot of quality teams in the regional and it will be a challenge."
Lamar has been represented at the NCAA Regionals every year since 2001. The Cardinals last advanced to the NCAA Championships as a team in 2007 when they tied for third in the nation. Hughes Joannes tied for fourth at the 2009 Southwest Regional to move ahead to the NCAA Championships as an individual.
In addition to winning the Southland Conference Tournament, Lamar also picked up a win at the Border Olympics in March for its first team title since 2009. The Cardinals also had a pair of second place finishes this year and six other top 10s.
Senior M.J. Daffue, who was named First-Team All-Southland Conference for the second straight year, successfully defended his individual title at the league tournament. Daffue has three wins on the season and leads the Cardinals with a 73.0 strokes per round average.
The 2012 NCAA Championships will be hosted by Southern California from May 29-June 3, at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.