ABILENE - The ACU Wildcats are one of four Lone Star Conference men's golf teams that have been selected to play in the NCAA Division II South Central / Midwest Regional, May 7-9 in Jefferson City, Mo.
ACU enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed in the South Central Region behind No. 1 St. Edward's and No. 2 Central Oklahoma. LSC champion Cameron is in the field as the No. 8 seed, while Midwestern State is the No. 7 seed and West Texas A&M is the No. 10 seed. Along with UCO, another former LSC member, Northeastern State at No. 9, is in the field.
The other teams in the field are No. 4 Washburn (Kan.), Heartland Conference champion Arkansas-Fort Smith at No. 5, and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association champion Central Missouri at No. 6.
The teams from the Midwest Region in the tournament are No. 1 Northern Kentucky, No. 2 Ferris State (Mich.), No. 3 Indianapolis, No. 4 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 5 Bellarmine (Ky.), No. 6 Tiffin (Ohio), No. 7 Northwood (Mich.), No. 8 Ashland (Ohio), No. 9 Findlay (Ohio), and No. 10 Wayne State (Mich.).
The latest Golf World / Nike Golf Division II College Coaches' poll has a handfuil of teams in the two regions ranked with ACU checking in as the highest-ranked team at No. 10. Also ranked in the latest poll are Central Oklahoma (No. 11), St. Edward's (No. 12), Indianapolis (No. 20), and Central Missouri (No. 24) with several teams receiving votes in the latest poll.
The South Central region is paired with the Midwest Region to form a super regional. The 54-hole tournament will be played at the Jefferson City Country Club.
The top five teams and the top two individuals not with a team from each regional (regardless of region) will advance to the national championship tournament, which will be played May 15-19, at The Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Ky., as part of the 2012 NCAA Division II Spring Championships Festival. The Festival will be hosted by Bellarmine University the Louisville Sports Commission.