The University of North Carolina men’s golf team is paired with Georgia Tech and Texas A&M in round one of the NCAA Salem Regional which begins the first of three days of competition Monday morning at the The Cliffs at Keowee Falls in Salem, S.C.
The top five teams and low individual not on one of the advancing teams qualify for the NCAA Championships, which will be played May 24-29 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Carolina is the No. 1 seed in Salem. The Tar Heels enter the regional ranked second in the country (Golfstat).
In addition to second-seed Georgia Tech and No. 3 Texas A&M, the field at Salem includes No. 4 San Diego State, No. 5 Georgia Southern, No. 6 Arkansas, No. 7 Purdue, No. 8 New Mexico, No. 10 Furman, No. 11 Middle Tennessee State, No. 12 Northern Illinois, No. 13 LIU and No. 14 Longwood.
Andrew DiBitetto has earned ACC Coach-of-the-Year honors in consecutive seasons. His lineup includes five players who have earned All-America and All-ACC honors, led by 2023 ACC Player of the Year David Ford. Ryan Burnett, Austin Greaser and Dylan Menante joined Ford on the 2023 All-ACC team and Peter Fountain was ACC champion and first-team All-America in 2021.
Carolina is competing in a regional for the eighth straight NCAA Tournament (2015-19 and 2021-23 with no competition in 2020 due to the pandemic). UNC is one of six teams to advance out of regionals in each of the previous five NCAA Tournaments with Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt and Arizona State.
The Tar Heels have finished tied for fifth in each of the last two NCAA Championships.
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