Men’s Golf Set for NCAA Kingston Springs Regional
SAN DIEGO – The San Diego State Men’s Golf Team continues to play in the playoffs Monday for the NCAA Kingston Springs Regional in Kingston Springs, Tenn. The Aztecs, who make their 21st regional appearance in the last 22 tournaments, will be among the field vying for a spot at the NCAA Championships, scheduled for May 28 through June 2, at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
SDSU won the No.5 seed of 13 teams in the Kingston Springs area, winning a global bid after winning two tournaments (Southwestern Invitational Jan. 25-27 and Wyoming Cowboy Classic April 5-6) and recording top five – five finishes in seven events in the spring. Kingston, Tennessee (Vanderbilt) is one of six regional tournaments that will also be played simultaneously in Noblesville, Indiana (Ball State), Tallahassee, Florida (Florida State), Albuquerque, NM (New Mexico), Stillwater, Okla. (State of Oklahoma) and Cle Elum, Washington (Washington).
San Diego State is ranked 25th in the latest Bushnell / Golfweek Coaches poll (released April 30) and in Golfweek / Sagarin ratings (May 4), and 26th in Golfstat ratings (May 5). Join the Aztecs at Tennessee Golf Club by 71, 7,074 yards this week, seven teams ranked in Golfstat’s top 50, including Clemson (3), North Carolina State (10), Vanderbilt (13), Arkansas (24) , Virginia (33), Charlotte (42) and Kent State (46). Also on the ground are UTSA (52), Houston (60), Loyola (Md.) (113), UConn (139) and Iona (239), as well as 10 people. The top five teams and the lowest individual not on those teams from each region will advance to Scottsdale.
Teams will complete 18 holes (54 in total) in stroke play each of the three days following a practice round on Sunday. SDSU is paired with Arkansas and Virginia for Monday’s first round, which is scheduled to start off the # 10 tee at 8 a.m. CT (6 a.m. PT), while tee times for Tuesday and Wednesday will be determined by team arrivals.
Live hole-by-hole results courtesy of Golfstat will be available for all three rounds on GoAztecs.com.
San Diego State Head Coach Ryan donovan will accompany five golfers in the Nashville area, including all-Mountain West performers Puwit Anupansuebsai and Steve sugimoto, in the same way Youssef Guezzale, Callum bruce and Zihao Jin. The aforementioned quintet has been used in three tournaments this year, finishing fourth (national invitational tournament March 20-21), first (Wyoming Cowboy Classic April 5-6) and third (Mountain West Championship April 30-1).
Sugimoto and Anupansuebsai are the only Aztecs with NCAA regional experience, both having competed in the NCAA Normal Regional in 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. Sugimoto finished tied for 29th, while Anupansuebsai finished tied for 59th while SDSU finished 10th out of 14 teams.
Anupansuebsai (71.05), Sugimoto (72.29) and Jin (72.62) are the only three players to have started all seven San Diego State tournaments during the spring campaign. Guezzale (72.52) has started six times and has played in all seven, while Bruce (71.93) has been in the Aztec starting lineup in each of the last five tournaments.
Since the NCAA regional format was adopted in 1989, SDSU has received an offer 24 times, including a 20-straight streak from 1999 to 2018. This season marks the second consecutive regional appearance in the Central Time Zone and the third in total (also in 2014 in Columbia, Missouri).
San Diego State has progressed through regional competition in the eight-time National Championship Series, highlighted by a team title at OMNI Tucson National Golf Club in 2011, where the Scarlet and Blacks won. Posted the program’s lowest combined score in regional play with a score of 19 under 833 en route to a seven-stroke victory.
The following season at Stanford Golf Course in 2012, the Aztecs finished second, with All-American doubles JJ Spaun setting three regional team records, including the lowest score (12-under 198), the round lowest (7- under 63) and best individual result (2nd).
SDSU also clinched second place at New Haven Regional in 2015, where four players finished in the top 25 individual, including former Aztec All-American Xander Sc Chaudele, who finished fifth at 3 under 207.
In 2016, the Aztecs added one of the most spectacular performances to the program’s tradition of the playoffs after beating Texas A&M on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to secure fifth and final place for the Albuquerque Regional. at the NCAA Championships. On the first hole of the playoffs, former US amateur champion Gunn Yang hit a double eagle with a 7 iron at 218 yards, while Ryann Ree made his own eagle as the Aztecs outscored the Aggies by three strokes (-5 to -2) on par-5, 544 yards No.1.
Remarkably, SDSU only faced one of the 12 other Kingston Springs Regional teams. Both teams competed at NIT, where San Diego State was fourth out of 18 teams at 29 under 835, while the Cougars were 12th at 3 of 8.
The Golf Club of Tennessee is regularly recognized as one of the top two courses in the state of Tennessee and has been recognized by Golf Week as one of America’s top 100 modern courses. Also in 2006, the Golf Digest Index ranked the Golf Club of Tennessee one of America’s 50 most beautiful golf retreats. Tennessee Golf Club also hosted the Vinny Pro-Celebrity-Am, DICK’S Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup, and the 2018 US Women’s Amateur Championship.