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UC Santa Barbara, which won its first Big West Men’s Golf Championship since 1998 on Wednesday, is headed to Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif., for the NCAA Regional on May 15-17, the NCAA announced today.

The Gauchos are the 11th seeded team at the 13-team Regional which will be played at the Stanford Golf Course. The host Cardinal are the No. 1 seed, Baylor is No. 2, Oklahoma is No. 3 and Georgia Tech is the No. 4 seed.  The remainder of the field includes No. 5 Pepperdine, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 7 North Florida, No. 8 BYU, No. 9 Houston, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 12 Sacramento State and No. 13 South Dakota State

UCSB will be making its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance as a Division I program having previously made the field in 1994, 1998 and 1999, all under Lass.

There are also 10 individuals playing at the Stanford Regional, including a trio from the Big West Conference - Felix Mory of CSUN, who claimed individual medalist honors at the 2017 Big West Conference Men’s Golf Championship yesterday, David Kim of UC Irvine and Andres Gonzalez of Long Beach State.

Mory enters the postseason on a high note after claiming the program’s first-ever Big West Conference individual medalist honor, and his first individual title of the year. Playing in all 12 tournaments in 2016-17, he paces the Matadors with a 71.6 stroke average.

Kim leads the ‘Eaters with a 71.3 average in 11 tournaments this season with eight top-10 finishes. Kim earned medalist honors in the Cal Poly Shootout April 17-18 at Cypress Ridge Golf Club in Arroyo Grande.  He was named Big West Golfer of the Month for October after posting a pair of top-five finishes.  Kim is the first UCI player to compete as an individual at a regional since Pete Fernandez in 2014.  The Anteaters qualified as a team for the 2015 NCAA Regional in Lubbock, Texas.

Gonzalez competed in all 12 tournaments this year for the 49ers, finishing with a stroke average of 71.91. The native from Mexico City, Mexico posted five top-10 and three top-20 finishes.  This is the second consecutive year a player from LBSU has been invited to play in the NCAA Tournament.  Former 49er Daniel Chian received an at-large invitation to compete at the Tucson Regional last year, where he tied for 44th at The Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Ariz.

Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 15-17. The six NCAA regional sites are Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif., University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas, Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash., Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind., University Club in Baton Rouge, La., and The Grove in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Thirteen teams and ten individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals. Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Northern Illinois University is the host institution for the 2017 championships.

Participating Teams (seeded in the following order):

1. Stanford
2. Baylor
3. Oklahoma
4. Georgia Tech
5. Pepperdine
6. North Carolina
7. North Florida
8. BYU
9. Houston
10. Ohio State
11. UC Santa Barbara
12. Sacramento State
13. South Dakota State

Participating Individuals:

1. Collin Morikawa (California)
2. Hayden Shieh (Santa Clara)
3. David Kim (UC Irvine)
4. Justin Doeden (Minnesota)
5. Andres Gonzalez (Long Beach State)
6. Felix Mory (Cal State Northridge)

7. Fidel Concepcion (Southern Utah)
8. Grant Booth (Nevada)
9. Brian Humphreys (Boise State) 
10. Mike Graboyes (Cornell)