RICHMOND, Va. – VCU will tee it up in Texas.
The Black and Gold will face a competitive regional field that features top-seeded Georgia, ranked third nationally by Golfweek, as well as No. 7 Central Florida, No. 15 Vanderbilt, No. 18 UCLA and No. 30 South Florida. Ten of the 13 teams in the San Antonio field are ranked in Golfweek's top 50.
VCU captured the A-10 title on April 27 by a single stroke over Richmond at TPC Tampa Bay. The Rams are paced by the All-Conference trio of Rocky Khara, Matt Ball Jr. and Adam Ball, who leads the team in stroke average (72.87).
The Rams will be making their ninth trip to the NCAA Regional Championships and first since 2010. VCU has advanced to the NCAA finals once (2002). In 2010, VCU placed ninth at the NCAA West Regional at The Honors Course in Bremerton, Washington.
According to its website, Briggs Ranch Golf Club has been ranked by Golfweek as the best residential golf course in Texas and the sixth-best in the country. The Briggs Ranch layout was designed by Tom Fazio, the architect of more than 120 courses nationally. He has been named the best Modern Day Golf Course Architect by Golf Digest three times.
Briggs Ranch Golf Club – San Antonio, Texas
Hosted by UTSA
Teams (seeded in the following order):
2. Central Florida
5. South Florida
6. SMU [American Athletic Conference]
7. Georgia Southern [Southern Conference]
8. Georgia State [Sun Belt Conference]
11. College of Charleston [CAA]
12. VCU [Atlantic 10]
13. Columbia [Ivy Group]
1. Eric Oja, Arizona
2. Grant Forrest, San Diego
3. Grady Brame, Southeastern Louisiana
4. Victor Lange, Louisiana Tech
5. Alex McMahon, Arizona
6. Preston Stanley, Houston Baptist
7. Martin Simonsen, Texas-El Paso
8. Stuart Smallwood, Texas State
9. Peter Kim, Army
10. Peter Ballo, Sacred Heart