The 2015 Men’s NCAA Golf Championship field has been set.
The University of South Florida will host the event at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida May 29-June 3. Five schools from each of the six regionals advanced to complete the 30-team field.
The action will be aired throughout the week on the Golf Channel, so be sure to tune in and take a peak at some of the best amateur talent in the world. Tomorrow’s Jordan Spieth is out there playing next week.
Two-time defending national champion Alabama finished seventh in the Noblesville Regional and as a result miss the tournament for the first time in five years.
Who will take the Crimson Tide’s place atop college golf? Here are some of the teams to keep an eye on next week:
For all of the Cardinal’s allure—and having Tiger Woods as an alum helps—Stanford has few titles to show for its name. The Palo Alto school has won two championships (1994, 2007) since 1953. The Cardinal could very well add a third this year.
The great sophomore Maverick McNealy leads the charge. McNealy was named Pac-12 Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award as the nation’s best player. Read this fantastic profile on McNealy by the Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner.
2. Arizona State
Speaking of the Ben Hogan, his award’s 2015 recipient Jon Rahm Rodriguez hopes to add a National Championship to his trophy case. Rahm was the medalist at the San Diego Regional last weekend. Four different European nations, including Rahm’s native Spain, are represented on the Sun Devils’ roster. Rahm has been a dominant force in NCAA golf this season. Head coach Tim Mickelson hopes his Europeans can do to the field what they’ve long done to the coach’s brother.
No school has produced more PGA Tour wins in the last few years than Georgia. The Dawgs will look to replicate the success of their alums next week. The question is, what Georgia team will show up?
In April’s SEC Championship, UGA finished a disappointing seventh. Last week, they earned a berth to Nationals with a fifth place finish in the San Diego Regionals. But leading into the postseason they were one of the hottest teams in the nation. The Bulldogs won two events and claimed second in three others during the spring season.
What school has the record for most National Championships (Well, aside from Yale, which won 21 before 1943)? Did you guess Houston? You’d be right. The Cougars boast 16 titles. From 1956-1970 they won 12.
They’ve been less fortunate of late, the last title coming 30 years ago. Houston barely snuck into the field in 2015. The AAC school needed one extra hole to squeak by Purdue for the last spot out of the Lubbock Regional. The Cougars will be underdogs next week. They combined for 18 rounds in the 60’s as a team.
Keep an eye out for the Cougars.
5. Oklahoma State
The 10-time champions return to the final meet in search of its first title since 2006, a drought by the Cowboys’ standards. Last year, Oklahoma State reached the championship match but fell 4-1 to Alabama. Despite that performance, OSU brings a young team to Bradenton.
The lone senior, Tanner Kesterson, played in just five events all season. Junior Jordan Niebrugge leads a quintet of underclassmen. He was the medalist at the New Haven Regional and boasts the lowest scoring average on the team at 71.26. Will youth win out? Probably not, but perhaps the Cowboys can build off alum Rickie Fowler’s recent dominance.
We’ve also got the first East Lake Cup this year.