BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Big South Conference champion Campbell University will find out where it will continue the 2017 season Thursday at noon when the 2017 NCAA men's golf regional field is announced on Golf Channel.
The 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships selections announcement will take place this Thursday, May 4 at 12 p.m. on Golf Channel and streamed live on the Golf Channel website. Eighty-one teams and 45 individuals will be selected to compete in the six NCAA Men's Regional Championship sites, May 15-17 (13 teams and 10 individuals at three regionals and 14 teams and five individuals at three regionals).
Thirty teams and six individuals will advance from regional sites to the national championships to be played May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
The six regional sites include The Grove, College Grove, Tennessee, hosted by Middle Tennessee State University; Kampen Course, West Lafayette, Indiana, hosted by Purdue University; Stanford Golf Course, Stanford, California, hosted by Stanford University; University of Texas Golf Club, Austin, Texas, hosted by University of Texas at Austin; University Club, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hosted by LSU and Aldarra Golf Club, Sammamish, Washington, hosted by University of Washington.
This year's Men's Golf Championship will be broadcast for the fourth consecutive year by Golf Channel with more than 100 news and tournament hours planned again for the men's and women's golf championships.
Ranked No.-68 nationally by Golfstat and Golfwee, Campbell won the Big South Championship last week to secure the league's automatic bid and the program's ninth NCAA post-season trip since 1998. Led by individual medalist Jesper Svensson, who broke the Big South 54-hole record set in 2007 by current World No.-1 Dustin Johnson, the Camels also shattered the league's team standard (26-under 838).
Last month at Ninety Six, S.C., Campbell shot 273-277-288—838 and defeated top-seeded Liberty by seven strokes at The Patriot Golf Club, to secure the conference's automatic berth in the regionals.
A year ago, Campbell made its first team regional berth since 2009 as an at-large choice. CU was the Big South runner-up in both 2015 and 2016.
Svensson, who shot 14-under (67-66-69—202) at the league tournament, was named Big South player of the year and joined on the all-championship team by teammate and runner-up Thomas La Morte, who finished at 8-under 208 (67-69-72).
Freshman Brett McLamb (69-74-73—216) tied for 11th at the Big South Championship, while sophomore Ray Kraivixien tied for 16th (70-71-77—218) and senior Craig Hornberger tied for 20th (74-71-74—219). Kraivixien joined Svensson on the all-conference team, while McLamb and Max Theodorakis were named to the all-freshman team.
Crooks collected Big South Coach of the Year honors, just four days after winning the same award on the women's side.