May 16, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – Nevada’s Kevin Lucas will tee off Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Regionals at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.
Lucas, a senior from Folsom, Calif., is one of five individuals competing against 14 five-man teams who qualified or were invited to the Regional. The top five teams and the low individual not on one of those teams will move on to the NCAA Championships.
Lucas will tee off at 8:10 a.m. (Pacific) and live scoring is available via the link below. The 54-hole event will be played over three days.
This marks the fourth straight year that a Nevada individual has earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Regionals. Last year, Scott Smith was selected for the second time as he also went to the Regionals in 2009. In 2010, Jared Becher was selected and finished in a tie for fifth at Regionals.
“I’m excited to be here,” Lucas said Wednesday. “My game feels really good and I am ready to play against some of the best players in the country.” Lucas, a Folsom, Calif., native, is a two-time All-WAC selection during his time at Nevada. He earned second-team all-conference honors last year after transferring from Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif. This year, Lucas earned first-team All-WAC honors as he recorded one victory and eight top-10 finishes in 11 tournament appearances in 2011-12. His win, which came in the Pacific Fall Invitational, was Nevada’s first by an individual since the spring of 2010. For the season, Lucas recorded a stroke average of 71.8. He had 16 of his 33 rounds at or under par on the year.
“The course is a great venue for a Regional championship,” second-year coach Jacob Wilner said. “The greens are a perfect speed to make putts. The next three days are all about playing as close to mistake-free golf as possible and, most importantly, enjoying this opportunity that he earned because of his stellar season.”
The Norman Region will be hosted by the University of Oklahoma and features 14 teams and five individuals. Lucas was the second individual selected of the five at the location. It is one of six regional sites and the top five teams from each region along with the low individual not on one of those teams will advance to the NCAA Championships at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
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