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Indiana men’s golf earns bid to second straight NCAA Tournament

<p>A golf ball is putted across the green during the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational on April 4, 2021, at the Pfau Course. Indiana will be the No. 10 seed out of 14 competing teams at the NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Regionals from May 16-18 in Florida.</p>

A golf ball is putted across the green during the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational on April 4, 2021, at the Pfau Course. Indiana will be the No. 10 seed out of 14 competing teams at the NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Regionals from May 16-18 in Florida.

For the second straight year and the 11th time during head coach Mike Mayer’s tenure, Indiana men’s golf has earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Men’s Golf Tournament. Regional play will take place from May 15-18.

The Hoosiers were placed in the Palm Beach Gardens Regional as the No. 10 seed. There are 14 teams in the regional, headlined by top-seeded Vanderbilt University. The top-five teams from each region will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be played May 27 to June 1 at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

“We are thrilled,” Mayer said. “We are excited to go down to the PGA National Resort. It is truly a championship golf course that we know very well. If we go down there and play to our potential, we will have a good chance to make it to the finals.”

Indiana has never made it to the NCAA Finals with Mayer as head coach. The Hoosiers’ best finish in a regional in that span was in the 2010-11 season, when they tied for eighth. Last season, the team finished ninth in the regional round.

The Hoosiers are coming off of a ninth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. With the result, Indiana was projected to be right on the bubble for a postseason bid. A lack of upsets in the other conference tournaments helped Indiana receive one of the many at-large bids that were handed out.

Mayer said the selection committee looks at quality of wins, trends and records against top-25 teams, among other stats.

“We need to reset and get to work,” Mayer said. 

Juniors Noah Gillard and Eric Berggren suffered arm and wrist injuries, respectively, a few weeks ago and are not expected to return in time, according to Mayer. Fifth-year senior Ethan Shepherd and senior Harry Reynolds have seen more time in the Hoosiers’ starting lineup as a result, and could be in line for another appearance.

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