May 14, 2014
First Round Tee Times | Sugar Grove Regional Central
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. -- The 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Sugar Grove Regional at Rich Harvest Farms, hosted by Northern Illinois University, will begin on Thursday morning with first round tee times set to start at 8 a.m. Michael Weaver of top-seeded California, Alex Burge of No. 2 seed Illinois and Paul Smith of No. 3 seed Southern California are the first scheduled pairing.
One of six NCAA regional sites, the Sugar Grove regional features 14 teams and five individuals playing 54 holes for the right to advance to the NCAA Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., (May 23-28). The top five teams and one individual not from those teams will advance to the championship.
Three teams in the field at Rich Harvest Farms are currently in the GolfStat national top-20, led by seventh-ranked Illinois. No. 11 UAB and No. 13 California are in the field, which also includes: Southern California, UNLV, Clemson, Mid-American Conference champion Kent State, Purdue, Mississippi State, Big West champion Cal State Fullerton, Western Athletic Conference champion New Mexico State, Ohio Valley Conference champion Jacksonville State, Horizon League champion Cleveland State and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Saint Peter’s.
The five individuals in the field are Niall Platt of Notre Dame, Chris O’Neill of Michigan, Danny Pizetoski of Richmond, Juan Veloza of Towson and Rob van de Vin of IUPUI.
Cal State Fullerton’s Mark Anguiano is the top-ranked individual in the field, based on the latest GolfStat rankings. Anguiano is ranked third nationally. Other top-50 players in the field include: Brandon Hagy (California, 23th), Charlie Danielson (Illinois, T28th), Rico Hoey (Southern California, 37th), Brian Campbell (Illinois, 45th) and Thomas Detry (Illinois, 47th).
Opened in 1997, Rich Harvest Farms is playing this weekend at 7,151 yards and a par-72. Rich Harvest Farms is hosting its second NCAA Division I Men’s Regional after hosting in 2007; it also hosted the 2009 Solheim Cup and will host the Palmer Cup in 2015 and the LPGA International Crown in 2016. Rich Harvest Farms was rated No. 58 on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses for 2011-12.
Admission for all three rounds of the NCAA Regional is free of charge.