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Men's Golf Begins Play at NCAA Regionals Monday
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 05/14/2017
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The University of Richmond men's golf team begins step one on the road to a national championship on Monday morning when it tackles the Kampen Course in round one of the 2017 NCAA Regionals. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.

Five Spiders, Keegan Hoff, Zack Justice, Matthew Lowe, Mark Reilly and Andrew Sciarretta, will stand on the 10th tee in the morning hoping to chase down one of those top five spots needed to advance in the team competition. The team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

The Kampen Course, a Pete Dye design, is an 18-hole, links-style, par-72 championship golf course featuring large bent-grass greens, fairways and tees. The layout presents a challenge for golfers of all abilities with vast sand bunkers, native grasslands, ponds and a natural celery bog. Kampen offers five sets of tees with the championship tees playing over 7,400 yards and the forward tees playing at 5,300 yards.

Kampen is rated one of the top collegiate courses in the nation and has been awarded 4.5 stars on Golf Digest's "Places to Play." Kampen receives high marks as it is ranked as one of the most difficult golf courses in Indiana. The course has also played host to a number of prestigious collegiate and public tournaments such as the 2000 Men's Big Ten Championship, the 2003 Women's NCAA Championship, the 2004 Indiana Open, the 2005 Women's Western Amateur and the 2008 Men's NCAA Championship.

It was a long journey to an Atlantic 10 title for the Spiders but it could not have ended in a more stylish way. The Spiders descended upon the Grand Cypress Golf Club – New Course and brought it to its knees over the course of the three-day, 54-hole event. The team finished –24, 840 overall, outpacing the second place VCU Rams by 13 strokes while placing four players inside the top five.

Richmond fired a season-best -15, 273 during the Friday round then survived windy conditions on Saturday to shoot Even Par (288) while everyone else struggled. Then Sunday came and no team was going to catch the Spiders. An eight-stroke lead to start the day quickly grew to 13 before teams started making the turn, and from then on it was a coronation.

Joining the Spiders in West Lafayette will be top seeded Florida, Illinois, UNLV, Auburn, South Carolina, Colorado, Purdue, New Mexico, Augusta, Saint Mary's, Campbell and Cleveland State.

Spider Tee Times – Round One
9:15 – Andrew Sciarretta
9:26 – Zack Justice
9:37 – Mark Reilly
9:48 – Matthew Lowe
9:59 – Keegan Hoff

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