CARROLLTON, Ga. - UWG senior golfer Sam Jones will get a shot to finish one of the most iconic springs in West Georgia golf history in the NCAA tournament, as he was one of four Gulf South Conference golfers named as an individual at the 2019 NCAA Super Regional.
The conference champions from West Florida and Valdosta State qualified for the tournament, along with Zach Zediker, Samuel Jones, Evan Spence, and Paul Murphy.
The 10 teams from the South Region and the 10 teams from the Southeast Region will tee off on May 9 in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. The teams will play 54 holes, and the top seven teams will advance to the national tournament, and so will the top two student-athletes not associated with one of the qualifying teams.
Jones’ selection to the NCAA tournament is his second-straight regional bid, continuing a long-standing UWG tradition in the men’s tournament. West Georgia has failed to place at least an individual in the NCAA regional once since the 2008 campaign. Jones joins Bryn Powers, Corey Evans, and Barrett Waters as the only UWG golfers with multiple regional invitations.
This is the 23rd consecutive NCAA Regional appearance for the GSC Champions from West Florida. The Argos won the regional the last two seasons and enter this year's regional having won their last three tournaments.
Valdosta State is making its 17th appearance at the NCAA Regional in program history, and its first since 2013. The Blazers finished just three strokes behind UWF at the GSC Championship two weeks ago. Matt Anderson and Gage Smith were named to the All-Tournament Team after shooting even par and tying for second place.
Delta State's Zediker has now been the GSC Individual Medalist two straight seasons and returns to the regional after finishing tied for sixth last week. Spence (LEE) and Murphy (UM), both all-conference selections, will be making their first appearances.