RICHARDSON SET FOR SECOND CAREER NCAA GOLF REGIONAL APPEARANCE
May 12, 2017
MARTIN, Tenn. – Two-time Ohio Valley Conference medalist Hunter Richardson will kick off the University of Tennessee at Martin’s third straight NCAA Golf Regional appearance on Monday, May 15.
Richardson is one of 10 individuals and 13 teams who earned a spot at the NCAA Regional hosted by Middle Tennessee State University and held in College Grove, Tenn. The 54-hole event will take place on May 15-17 at The Grove, which is a par-72 course that plays at 7,333 yards. There is no admission or parking fees throughout the three-day event.
The forecast for next week’s tournament calls for sunny skies on all three days, with highs varying between 85-90 degrees and winds between 5 and 15 miles per hour.
Richardson’s practice round is set for 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 14. He is then tentatively scheduled to play alongside Daniel de la Garza of Harvard and Southern Conference Golfer of the Year Andrew Novak from Wofford on the first tee at 10:34 a.m. on Monday. Teams and individuals will be re-paired according to score after the first and second rounds.
A junior out of Clarksville, Tenn., Richardson became the first Skyhawk to win Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year honors in 2016-17. He sealed his spot in the NCAA Regional after a 212 (-4) effort at the OVC Championships, held at The Shoals on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Muscle Shoals, Ala. A three-time All-OVC honoree, Richardson enters the postseason with a 71.1 season scoring average and eight career tournament victories.
The top five teams and top individual not affiliated with a qualifying team from each of the six regional sites will advance to the NCAA Championships, which is scheduled for May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
GolfStat will once again provide live hole-by-hole scoring updates, as a link can be found in the NCAA College Grove Regional Tournament Central web address found at the top of the webpage. Live updates will also be provided on the UT Martin Athletics Gameday Twitter account at @UTM_Gameday.