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Y. golfers prepare for NCAA tourney

HOT SPRINGS, Va. — The BYU men's golf team returns to the NCAA Championship,Tuesday through Friday at the Homestead Resort's Cascades Golf Course.

The Cougars have a long history at the NCAA Golf Championship but have not earned an invitation since 2000. BYU has 12 top-five finishes and 18 top-10 finishes, including a national championship in 1981. BYU's last top-10 finish came in 1999 — led by all-Americans Andy Miller and Manuel Merizalde, they finished seventh.

"With all the parity in college golf these days, it feels great to get back here," BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. "This is a tremendous opportunity for our program."

BYU is coming off a fifth-place finish at the NCAA West Regional in Sunriver, Ore.

All-Mountain West Conference selection Oscar Alvarez finished tied for fourth overall at the regional. He is joined by fellow first-team all-MWC selections Greg Machtaler and Jake Ellison as well as juniors Ron Harvey Jr. and Todd Miller.

The Cougars will be paired with No. 1-ranked Florida and the No. 9 Texas Longhorns. Both teams also placed fifth at their NCAA

regional. BYU, Florida and Texas will tee off at 1:30 p.m. on the 10th tee on Tuesday and at 8:30 a.m. on the first tee on Wednesday.

Fans call follow the tournament live on the internet with live scoring at .