May 4, 2017

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MARTIN, Tenn. – Two-time Ohio Valley Conference medalist Hunter Richardson will represent the University of Tennessee at Martin at the NCAA Golf Regional hosted by Middle Tennessee State University in College Grove, Tenn. on May 15-17.

Richardson found out his NCAA Regional destination this morning as the pairings were revealed live on the Golf Channel’s Golf Central Pregame Show. He is one of 10 individuals and 13 teams who will participate in the NCAA College Grove Regional, held at The Grove Golf Course.

Joining Richardson at the NCAA College Grove Regional is Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, Clemson, Georgia, Missouri, Lipscomb, Kennesaw State, UCF, host Middle Tennessee State, TCU, Troy, East Tennessee State and Harvard. The field will also include individuals from Wofford, UNC Wilmington, East Carolina, Tennessee, Charlotte, Davidson, Wagner and Alcorn State.

Known as one of the most luxurious golf communities in Tennessee, The Grove is a signature golf course that opened in 2012 and was designed by World Golf Hall of Famer and former PGA Tour Player of the Year Greg Norman. The par-72 course plays at 7,333 yards.

Richardson punched his ticket to the NCAA Regional after a thrilling Co-Medalist win at the 2017 OVC Championships on April 24-26 in Muscle Shoals, Ala. The three-time All-OVC honoree carded rounds of 71-68-73 for an overall score of 212 (-4), becoming the first Skyhawk in program history to nab OVC Player of the Year accolades after the tournament was completed.

The OVC Championships victory was the fifth of the season and eighth in the stellar career of Richardson, who carries a 71.1 season scoring average into his second career NCAA Regional appearance. He has shot par or better in 25 of his 36 rounds in 2016-17 while setting a new school record for most adidas OVC Golfer of the Week awards (five) in a single season.

In all, 81 teams and 45 individuals spread out over six NCAA Regionals will vie for the opportunity to advance to the NCAA National Championships held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. on May 26-31. The low five teams and the low individual from each NCAA Regional will qualify for the NCAA National Championships. The other five NCAA Regional locations are: West Lafayette, Ind.; Stanford, Calif.; Austin, Texas; Baton Rouge, La. and Sammamish, Wash.

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