Men's golf earns third straight regional bid

BY BEN WOLFSON | MAY 10, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa men's golf team found out Monday it will compete at the Wolf Run Golf Course in Zionsville, Ind., for NCAA regionals on May 19-21. The Hawkeyes are the No. 3 team in a 14-team field in which the top five teams usually advance to the NCAA championship.

The No. 1 seed is Alabama, which the Hawkeyes beat, 4-1, in the Callaway Collegiate Match-Play over spring break. Iowa has seen No. 2 seed Illinois many times this year and was most recently paired with it for the Big Ten championships.

The rest of the field consists of Stanford, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Indiana, Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina-Charlotte, Memphis, Wichita State, Missouri-Kansas City, and Sacred Heart.

"It's been a great year so far, and we're trying to continue to be focused on practice and preparation, even though we're in finals week here," head coach Mark Hankins said. "We've really played well through the spring, and hopefully, we learned our lesson from last year, and we'll be ready to play."

The 14th-ranked Hawkeyes missed advancing to the NCAA championships last year by a single stroke.

"I don't think we played poorly last year, but at NCAAs, you need to come out and play with five players and play well," Hankins said. "I think if we do that, we'll be fine."

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