UNCG Men’s Golf Begins NCAA Regionals TODAY
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – For the fourth time as a team in program history, the UNC Greensboro (UNCG) men’s golf team will compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship beginning this Monday through Wednesday. The Spartans find themselves in the Las Vegas Regional, hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and the Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
The Spartans earned the ninth seed in the Las Vegas Regional.
Course: Bear’s Best Las Vegas
About Bear’s Best Las Vegas: Bear’s Best Las Vegas is a unique golf course made up of 18 holes hand selected by Jack Nicklaus from his 270 designs worldwide. This high-end daily fee course includes manicured bent grass greens, challenging designs, and immaculate fairway/tee complexes. Nicklaus and his design team scoured photos and plans from hundreds of holes from many of his most notable golf course designs around the world to come up with these 18 holes. Bear’s Best Las Vegas has been awarded “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest and “Best Golf Course in Las Vegas” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Par/Yardage: 72/7,217 yards
Monday, May 15 (First Round): Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. PT;
UNCG will tee off at 8:25 a.m. PST. The Spartans will be paired with Cincinnati and San Francisco.
Tuesday, May 16 (Second Round): Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. PT;
Wednesday, May 17 (Third Round): Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. PT
The top five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional competition will advance to the 2023 NCAA Championship. Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 26-31 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, with Arizona State and The Thunderbirds serving as hosts.
Parking & Admission: Spectators will need to utilize ride-sharing apps or taxis, as parking will not be available to the general public. Parking will be limited to teams, officials, staff, volunteers, media and vehicles with ADA cards. Admission is free for the three-day event.
Scheduled to Compete: Nick Lyerly, Symon Balbin, Randall Hudson, Noah Connor, Tommy Lamb
Participating Teams (Golfweek Ranking as of May 2): Arizona State (4), Stanford (12), Virginia (17), Oklahoma State (18), East Tennessee State (29), Northwestern (32), Cincinnati (40), UNCG (51), San Francisco (52), Long Beach State (58), Oregon State (61), Davidson (99), Kansas City (149), Lehigh (194)
Individuals: 1. Caden Fioroni – UNLV; 2. Mac McClear – Iowa; 3. Aidan Thomas – New Mexico State; 4. Garrison Smith – New Mexico State; 5. Brady McKinlay – Utah Valley;
Last Time Out
The Spartans claimed fifth place at the Southern Conference (SoCon) Men’s Golf Championship with a 54-hole score of even-par (864) at the Reynolds Lake Oconee National Course.
UNCG posted their best round in the final 18 holes, finishing seven-under-par (281) in the final round.
Hudson claimed a tie for seventh place at five-under-par (211) after a final round four-under-par (68).
Lamb finished in a tie for 11th at three-under-par (213) thanks to a final round two-under-par (70).
Lyerly posted a four-over-par (219) while carding a card of even-par (72) scores in the second and final round.
With individual appearances included, this is the seventh NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship appearance for the Spartans as a team or individuals.
This season, the Spartans had eight top-five finishes out of 10 team results. Two of the eight were team titles, including UNCG’s own Grandover Collegiate and the Wake Forest Invitational.
The Spartans were also runner-ups at the Bearcat Invitational and Advance Golf Partners Collegiate.
The Spartans had six wins against top 25 teams this year and are 51st nationally from Golfstat and Golfweek.
Lyerly stands 107th in the Golfweek rankings with a stroke average of 70.07.
His ranking is good for fourth-best in the Southern Conference.
Balbin’s 71.21 average is ninth in the SoCon.
Hudson is next up on the Spartan leaderboard at 11th with an average of 71.47.
Connor stands 18th at 72.26.
Lamb sits 21st at 72.39.
Courtesy of Denise Archetto
Assistant Athletic Director For Strategic Communications