PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers University men’s golf team was awarded a berth in the 2005 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships it was announced Monday evening. The Scarlet Knights earned the 24th seed in the East Regional and will compete with 26 other schools at the Golf Club of Tennessee in Nashville, TN, Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21, hosted by the Southeastern Conference.
“I am so proud of what these players have accomplished this season,” said Rutgers head coach Maura Waters, in her 13th season at the helm of the program. “I knew, going into the fall season, we had the ability to achieve this goal. This has already been one of our best seasons and we hope to continue our momentum and represent Rutgers well in the NCAA Championships.”
Rutgers, which finished third at the BIG EAST Championships earlier this spring, was one of 52 teams to earn an at-large berth in the 81-school field. RU was one of only three BIG EAST Conference schools to earn an invitation, joining Notre Dame (20th seed in the Central Regional) and Boston College (27th seed in the East Regional).
The NCAA Championships field was divided into three regional tournaments, the East, Central and West, encompassing the current nine regions of the country. A total of 27 teams and six individuals not on selected teams were assigned to each regional site, where the top 10 teams and two individuals not on advancing teams will move on from each regional to the championship finals.
Should Rutgers advance, they will move on to the NCAA Championships Finals, held June 1-4 at Cavas Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, MD. Loyola College serves as host for this year’s championships.
Monday’s invitation to the NCAA Championships is the first for the Rutgers men’s golf program in 21 years.