TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – For the 11th consecutive year, the Florida State Men’s Golf team has been selected to participate in an NCAA Regional. The Seminoles have earned the No. 2 seed in the Kohler Regional played at Blackwolf Run Meadow Valleys Course in Kohler, Wis., from May 16-18. The Seminoles are currently ranked 10th nationally by Golfstat and have finished in the top five in eight of their 11 tournaments played, highlighted by a first-place finish at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.
Included in FSU’s regional are top-seeded Illinois, No. 3 seed Florida, No. 4 Arkansas, No. 5 Baylor, No. 6 Penn State, No. 7 Memphis, No. 8 Kent State, No. 9 UCLA, No. 10 East Tennessee State, No. 11 Campbell, No. 12 Idaho and No. 13 South Dakota State.
The low five teams from each regional will advance to the finals to be played May 27 to June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore. Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 16-18. The field for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships will consist of 81 qualifying schools, which includes 31 conference automatic qualifiers, 50 teams selected at-large and 45 individuals not on those teams.
This year’s men’s championships will be broadcast for the third year by Golf Channel, with more than 100 news and tournament coverage hours planned for the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships.
The Seminoles have maintained a Top 10 national ranking all year. FSU currently ranks in the Top 10 in several key categories, including pars per round (third – 11.26), first round average (fifth – 71.68), last round average (eighth – 72.14) and par 4 scoring (ninth – 4.10).
Senior Hank Lebioda leads the Seminoles into the NCAA postseason. He defeated a strong field of individuals to win the Seminole Intercollegiate title on March 12, shooting an 8-under 208. He has an average score of 70.87 and is -0.13 versus par.
FSU has advanced to the NCAA Championship out of the regionals in each of the last four years. In four of the previous six years, the Seminoles have finished in the Top 11 of the finals, including a third-place showing in the 2010 NCAA Championship.