With the 2017 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship field announcement on Friday, the University of Missouri-St. Louis men’s golf team is set to make its 12th postseason trip, and it’s sixth in the last seven years. The Tritons will be one of 20 teams competing in the Midwest/Central Regional May 8-10 at Awarii Dunes Golf Course in Axtell, Neb., hosted by Nebraska-Kearney.
There will be four regional sites across the country, with two regions at each site, consisting of both team and individual competition being conducted concurrently with 20 teams and eight individual players from non-qualifying teams. The top five teams from the Midwest/Central Regional, along with the top two players not with a team (regardless of region), advance to the NCAA Championships May 22-26 in Kissimmee, Fla.
Dubbed the No. 1 seed in the Midwest, UMSL is one of four GLVC teams at the regional, which also includes Indianapolis, and Bellarmine and Maryville. Other teams from the Midwest Region include: Grand Valley State, Ferris State, Saginaw Valley State, Wayne State, Tiffin and Trevecca Nazarene.
Teams from the Central Region include: Central Missouri, Arkansas Tech, Central Oklahoma, Lindenwood, Henderson State, SW Oklahoma State, Washburn, Northeastern, Harding and Mankato State.
UMSL, ranked No. 11 in the latest Golfweek NCAA DII Coaches Poll, owns a program single-season best scoring average of 291.90. The Tritons have won three tournaments and finished first in stroke play in last weekend’s GLVC Championships before suffering a 3-2 loss to eventual champion Bellarmine in the match play semifinals. Junior Markus Lindberg leads the team with an average of 72.53 and has three individual wins, while senior Julien de Poyen is close behind with a 72.93 average and has eight top-10 finishes.