SALEM, S.C. – The No. 14 Texas A&M Aggies battle for a spot in the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships as they head to the Salem Regional contested from Monday to Wednesday in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Hosted by Clemson, the site of the regional is The Cliffs at Keowee Falls, a par-72, 7,126-yard course. The top five teams at each of the NCAA’s six regionals advance to the championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, slated for May 26-31.
The Aggies are making their 48th NCAA postseason appearance, including the 19th time the last 20 seasons. The NCAA has hosted regionals since 1989 and the Maroon & White have earned 30th trips in that span.
Texas A&M fields a formidable lineup including All-SEC nods Sam Bennett and William Paysse. This season, Bennett was the Masters Tournament low amateur and 122nd U.S. Amateur champion along with earning a victory at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate. Paysse owns a season-opening win at the Badger Invitational. The fivesome is rounded out by Daniel Rodrigues, Phichaksn Maichon and Vishnu Sadagopan.
The 14-team field includes four teams ranked in the top 25, including No. 2 North Carolina, No. 11 Georgia Tech and No. 23 San Diego State. NCAA started having regionals in 1989 and the Maroon & White are looking to claim their fourth crown, winning in 1996, 2018 and 2019.
Texas A&M has four victories in the 2022-23 campaign, including the Badger Invitational, the Blessings Collegiate Invitational, the Arizona Thunderbirds Intercollegiate and the Louisiana Classics.
Monday’s action starts at 7:00 a.m. Central with the Aggies teeing off from the 1st hole paired with No. 2 North Carolina and No. 11 Georgia Tech.
Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.
THE FIELD (GOLFSTAT RANKINGS)
North Carolina (2)
Georgia Tech (11)
Texas A&M (14)
San Diego State (23)
Georgia Southern (26)
New Mexico (47)
Middle Tennessee (64)
Northern Illinois (127)
Long Island (186)
Sam Bennett – Senior – Madisonville, Texas
- 122nd United States Amateur Champion – 2022.
- Earned the Silver Cup as the Low Amateur at the Masters Tournament, finishing in 16th place at 2-under 286 (the first amateur to finish in the top 20 since 2005.
- 2022-23 All-SEC First…
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