The Baylor men’s golf team will start its NCAA tournament journey on the West Coast.
The ninth-ranked Bears were installed as the No. 2 seed in the NCAA’s Stanford Regional on Thursday. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will run from May 15-17 at Stanford Golf Course, a par-70 course encompassing 6,727 yards.
It’s the 20th straight NCAA selection for Baylor, extending one of the longest streaks in the country. Host Stanford is the No. 1 seed at the regional, followed by No. 2 Baylor, No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 4 Georgia Tech, No. 5 Pepperdine, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 7 North Florida, No. 8 BYU, No. 9 Houston, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 11 UC Santa Barbara, No. 12 Sacramento State and No. 13 South Dakota State. The top six seeds at the regional are all ranked in the top 35 nationally in GolfStat’s rankings.
Baylor is coming off a sixth-place showing at the Big 12 tournament. But overall it’s been a historic year for Baylor, which last month achieved the program’s first No. 1 national ranking.
The NCAA’s other six regional sites are in Baton Rouge, La., College Grove, Tenn., West Lafayette, Ind., Austin, Texas and Sammamish, Wash.
The top five teams at the Stanford Regional, as well as the top individual player on a non-qualifying team, will advance to the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, which is scheduled for May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
The Bears competed against six teams at the Stanford Regional earlier this year and have a combined 8-3 head-to-head record against those teams – Oklahoma (0-2), Georgia Tech (1-0), Pepperdine (1-0), North Carolina (1-1), Houston (4-0) and Ohio State (1-0)