May 1, 2014
RUSTON, La. - If Louisiana Tech sophomore Victor Lange is slightly on edge this weekend it is because he is adjusting to life on the bubble. As the 2014 NCAA Regional Selection Show draws near, Lange awaits his postseason fate.
That wait will end Monday morning when the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships selections will be announced live at 9 a.m. CT on the Golf Channel’s daily morning news and lifestyle show, Morning Drive.
Following a fourth place finish at the Conference USA Championship, Lange’s position on the bubble improved as he moved up approximately 20 spots in the individual national rankings to 171st.
A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Lange has shot a 72.8 average this year which, if the season ended today, would mark the best season scoring average in school history. He leads the team with 14 rounds played this season where he shot par or better and has accumulated a .784 winning percentage (621-171) in 11 tournaments played this year.
Lange has recorded three top-five finishes this year and five top-10 finishes to his credit this season. That includes a tie for fourth place at the Conference USA Championship earlier this week where he shot 3-over-par 213 (68-73-72=213) over the course of three days, claiming all-tournament honors. His current ranking of No. 171 is the highest he has been ranked in his young career.
The best round of the season for Lange this year came at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship where he shot a 7-under-par 67 on a challenging par-72 course. He would finish that tournament in second place.
The NCAA Men’s Golf Selection Committee selects a total of 81 teams (including 31 automatic qualifiers and 50 at-large teams) and 45 individuals not on selected teams for NCAA Regional participation. Those 81 teams and 45 individuals will be divided up among six regional sites for play on May 15-17. Three regions will have 13 teams and 10 individuals not on those teams and the other three regions will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams.
Once selected for postseason play, teams and individuals could be sent to any of the six regional sites: Auburn University Club in Auburn, Alabama; Lonnie Pool Golf Course in Raleigh, North Carolina; The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Missouri; Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas; Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon; and Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
Five teams and the low individual not on an advancing team from each regional will move on to the 2014 NCAA Championships on May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.
An NCAA Regional selection for Lange would mark the first NCAA postseason bid for a Bulldog golfer since the program moved up to the Division I ranks in the late 1970s. According to the NCAA record books, the only other appearance Louisiana Tech has made in the NCAA postseason came in 1969 when the Bulldogs won the Gulf States Conference Championship earning Tech an automatic bid to the Division II National Championship hosted by New Mexico.
The Bulldogs finished 18th out of 22 teams at the 1969 NCAA Division II Championships, shooting 1,329 in the 72-hole, par-72 tournament. Individual scores for that NCAA Championship appearance were not immediately available.
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