ST. GEORGE — Coming off a runner-up finish in its debut at the RMAC championships earlier this week, Dixie State earned its 11th straight NCAA Division II tournament berth on Friday afternoon. DSU will serve as the host institution for the 2019 NCAA South Central/West Regional Championships, which will be held May 9-11, at The Ledges Golf Club in St. George.
In all, 10 teams and four individuals from each region will make up the tournament field in two weeks, which includes DSU and fellow RMAC members Colorado School of Mines (RMAC champion) and Colorado Mesa. Also representing the South Central region are Heartland Conference champ Oklahoma Christian and Lone Star Conference winner Midwestern State, along with St. Mary’s (TX), Western New Mexico, St. Edward’s, Arkansas-Fort Smith and Lubbock Christian.
The 10-team representatives from the West Region include CCAA champion Cal State Monterey Bay, GNAC winner Western Washington, and Pacific West Conference champ Holy Names. In addition, Chico State, Sonoma State, Cal State East Bay, Simon Fraser, Stanislaus State, Concordia (OR) and UC San Diego round out the 20-team field.
The Trailblazers have posted three top-10 team finish in its previous 10 NCAA tournament trips, including a t-10th-place showing in Stockton, Calif. (2017), a ninth-place showing in Las Cruces, N.M. (2016), and a program-best sixth-place result in 2012 in Litchfield Park, Ariz. Although Dixie State has not advanced as a team to the NCAA national championship tournament, former DSU golfer Kyle Chappell qualified and finished 19th-overall as an individual at the NCAA D-II Championships in 2012.
“We are excited to get going with our preparation for regionals,” said DSU Head Coach Brad Sutterfield. “This is the first time we have hosted this event and our team is ready to go.”
At minimum, the top-three teams and top-two individuals (from a non-advancing team) will advance to the 2019 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championships, which will be held May 20-24, at The Resort at Glade Springs Golf Club in Daniels, W. Va.