Utes make first NCAA golf regional since 1992; Golfers from BYU, UVU, SUU join them

(Sean Walker, KSL.com, File)



SALT LAKE CITY — For the first time since 1992, the University of Utah men's golf team will represent in full at the NCAA regional meet.

The Utes were one of 14 teams named to the NCAA's west regional in Cle Elum, Washington, which is hosted by the University of Washington. The meet will tee off May 17-19 at the Tumble Creek Golf & Country Club.

Wake Forest is the top-seeded team in the regional, one of five teeing off around the country. The top-five teams from the regional and low individual advance to the NCAA championships, which will be held May 28 through June 2 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

West Coast Conference champion Pepperdine, Pac-12 champion Arizona, Florida and San Francisco are among the top-five seeds in the Washington regional, which is also joined by Iowa, East Tennessee State, Oregon, Mississippi State, Long Beach State, Denver, Sacramento State and the host Huskies.

The seeded teams are joined by five individual competitors at the meet. BYU's Carson Lundell is the top seeded individual, and is joined by Utah Valley's Gabe Lysen and Southern Utah's Jake Vincent, in addition to Santa Clara's Matt McCarty and UNLV's Jack Trent.

Led by junior Blake Tomlinson, Utah ranks 50th out of 277 teams in Division I by GolfStat.com. The junior Salt Lake City native who averages a team-low 70.9 strokes per round with four top-10 finishes in eight tournaments is joined by Utah amateur champion Mitchell Schow, a senior; junior Tristan Mandur; and a pair of freshmen in Javier Barcos and Jesper von Reedtz.

Lundell boasts five top-three finishes in his junior season, including sharing medalist honors at the Nick Watney Invitational. The junior Lone Peak product earned all-WCC first-team honors after tying for third at the conference championships with a three-day total of 206.

Lysen carded an 8-under-par 208 to win his first-ever Western Athletic Conference individual title last week at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada.

The graduate senior from Kirkland, Washington recorded five birdies on the final day, and his blistering 65 on the first day of the tournament is one of the lowest single rounds in UVU golf history.

Vincent becomes the first Thunderbird in program history to qualify for the NCAA regionals twice in his career. The 2019 qualifier and two-time Big Sky golfer of the year is coming off a second-place finish at the conference tournament, where he shot 1-under 215 in the three-day event to Sacrament State's Ethan Davidson — who will join him in the regional field.

Consistently the top-ranked Big Sky golfer by GolfStat.com, Vincent heads to Ole Elum as the No. 207-ranked player in the country with an adjusting scoring average of 71.61.

NCAA West Regional

Tumble Creek Golf & Country Club – Cle Elum, Wash. (hosted by Washington)

  • Wake Forest
  • Pepperdine (WCC)
  • Florida
  • Arizona (Pac-12)
  • San Francisco
  • Iowa
  • Washington
  • East Tennessee State (Southern)
  • Utah
  • Oregon
  • Mississippi State
  • Long Beach State (Big West)
  • Denver (Summit)
  • Sacramento State (Big Sky)

Individuals

  • Carson Lundell, Brigham Young
  • Matt McCarty, Santa Clara
  • Jack Trent, UNLV
  • Jake Vincent, Southern Utah
  • Gabe Lysen, Utah Valley

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