May 6, 2014
NEW YORK - 2014 BIG EAST Men's Golf Champion St. John's will head to Auburn, Ala., and the Auburn University Club to open the Regionals of the NCAA Men's Golf Championships, it was announced during the Selection Show on Golf Channel Monday. The regionals will play out May 15-17.
The Red Storm, led by BIG EAST Individual Champion Ryan McCormick, won the BIG EAST crown with an 18-over-par 882 at the three-day, 54-hole conference championship last week on the Dogwood and Magnolia course at the Callawassie Island Golf Club in Callawassie Island, S.C. Marquette was the runner-up, 10 strokes back.
McCormick stormed ahead of the field and won the individual title with a 5-under 211, eight shots ahead of Georgetown's Gregory Podufal and Xavier's Yuki Kato, who finished 3-over.
St. John's is seeded 13th in the loaded Auburn Regional that features top seed and defending NCAA champion Alabama, which is the SEC's automatic qualifier. Other teams in the regional include Big 12 champion Texas, New Mexico, BYU, Louisville and host Auburn.
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 15-17. Thirteen teams and 10 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.
The finals will be conducted May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. Wichita State is the host institution for the 2014 NCAA Championships.