Men’s golf IU set to compete at Tallahassee NCAA Regional this week
Each pair of eyes in the living room of the Cecil W. Weathers Golf Team Center in Bloomington were glued to a television screen hanging on the wall. The exception were those belonging to IU men’s golf head coach Mike Mayer, who turned to his team.
“Like I’ve said from day one, gentlemen, it’s been a complete team effort,” said Mayer. “All of you eleven have played a huge role in what’s going to happen here in a few minutes.”
Sounds of applause and howl echoed through the clubhouse as each pair of eyes found what they were looking for on TV – IU’s trident logo was displayed next to the No.8 seed in the Tallahassee Regional.
IU will be competing in the Tallahassee Regional Monday through Wednesday at Seminole Legacy Golf Club Tallahassee, Florida. One round will be played each day, and the competition will start at 8:30 am on Monday excluding the separate starts, the Hoosiers will start at 9:25 am on start # 1.
The top five teams from each region, as well as the individual with the lowest score outside of the top five teams, will advance to the NCAA Championships which will be held May 28 through June 2 at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, in Arizona.
This is IU’s first playoff appearance since placing 13th in Fayetteville, Arkansas at Fayetteville Regional in 2013.
“It’s always great to play in the playoffs. It’s been a while and we’re excited to be going to Florida, ”Mayer said in a video posted to the team’s Twitter account on May 6.
UI’s lineup will consist of rookie Clay Merchent, senior student Ethan Shepherd, junior Mitch Davis, rookie Drew Salyers and graduate student Brock Ochsenreiter.
Merchent and Shepherd were named the All-Big Ten first and second team respectively, while Merchent was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Ochsenreiter, who will be joining the squad for the first time this season, won the Big Ten Co-Golfer of the Week title after winning the Boilermaker Individual on April 11.
“A strong, solid spring for this young man,” Mayer said of Merchent. “He had a huge impact on this program.
The teams competing, with IU, will be Florida State University, University of Georgia, Liberty University, Louisiana State University, Georgia Tech University, Georgia Southern University, Texas Christian University, University of Kansas, University of Southern California, Ohio State, Davidson College, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and Long Island University.
IU knows Ohio State, having defeated the Buckeyes in the first round of the Big Ten Match Play to open the season on February 5 before finishing a berth behind them with a single stroke at the Big Ten Championship on May 2.