Mizzou Men’s Golf will make the program’s 14th appearance in NCAA postseason play as the Tigers were selected as the No. 8 seed in the 2018 NCAA Raleigh Regional. The field was revealed on the Golf Channel on Wednesday afternoon. The Tigers will compete at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course from May 14-16, with eyes on advancing to the 2018 NCAA Championship Finals at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Under the direction of Head Coach Mark Leroux, Mizzou has advanced to an NCAA Regional eight times. Leroux and his team are looking to make another trip to the Championship Finals with their last trip being in 2014.
“I’m really proud of the season we’ve had so far,” Leroux said. “We’re so excited to continue our postseason appearances and meet the expectations we set for ourselves. We’re ready for the opportunity at next week’s NCAA Regional.”
Mizzou enters the postseason after a successful 2017-2018 season. The Tigers claimed their sixth-straight win at the Turning Stone-Tiger Intercollegiate in the fall and added two wins in the spring at both the GCU Invitational and the Tiger Invitational.
The Tigers have a talented lineup with each member contributing throughout the season. Senior Hayden Buckley (Tupelo, Miss.) had a standout campaign boasting a 69.5 scoring average and four tournament wins. Buckley is having one of the best seasons in program history and now owns two Mizzou Men’s Golf records. He is coming off a Top-20 individual finish at the SEC Championship where he tallied three birdies in a row on his final three holes.
Sophomore Rory Franssen (Inverness, Scotland) and freshman Jamie Stewart (Renfrewshire, Scotland) have both put together solid campaigns for the Tigers, including a tie for second place at the Tiger Invitational. Both Franssen and Stewart have two Top-10 finishes in the 2017-2018 season. Franssen is one of three members on the current roster who was on the team for the 2017 Regional at College Grove. Last year he was a top finisher for the Tigers at the NCAA Regional, tying for 18th as an individual.
Mizzou Men’s Golf NCAA Regional Appearances:
1989 – 16th
1990 – 18th
1992 – 21st
1995 – 21st
2002 – 20th
2003 – 26th
2005 – 6th
2006 – 19th
2010 – 10th
2011 – 6th
2013 – 8th
2014 – 3rd
2017 – 8th