Carnegie Mellon University, UAA champion Emory University, and University of Rochester all earned spots in the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship.
The No. 3-ranked Eagles are one of 42 squads vying for the team title that will be played May 16-19 at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. Serving as the hosts will be Oglethorpe University and the Central Florida Sports Commission.
Emory, along with fellow University Athletic Association member Carnegie Mellon, received the two Pool B bids, consisting of independent institutions, and institutions that are members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification. A total of 33 conferences were awarded automatic nods while seven berths were reserved for Pool C - schools from automatic qualifying conferences that are not conference champs and any remaining Pool B teams. In addition, five individuals from non-qualifying teams were chosen to participate bringing the field to 215 players.
The 72-hole Championships will be played both on the 6,844-yard, par-72 El Campeon and the 6,888-yard, par-72 Las Colinas Courses. After a 36-hole cut that slices the field to 18 teams and top six individuals not on one of those teams, the final two rounds will be conducted on the El Campeon Course.
The appearance by the Tartans at the championships marks the program's second trip, as the 2009 team finished 22nd at the national event.
Senior George Qian (Bettendorf, Iowa/Montverde Academy) and junior Nikhil Mohan (Bangalore, India/Canadian International School) are the Cardinal and Gray's top two individuals this season. Qian leads the team with a stroke average of 74.0 while Mohan is averaging a 75.6.
Sophomore Patrick Tan (Vancouver, British Columbia/Prince of Wales Secondary) is third on the team with an average of 76.2 followed by senior Brad Jennette (Pittsford, N.Y./ Pittsford Sutherland) and junior Adrian Del Bosque (Monterrey, Mexico/IMG Academy), who average 77.4 and 77.9, respectively.
Rochester automatically qualified for the NCAA championship for the third time, matching the feat accomplished in 2006-07 and 2013-14. 2014 was the last time Rochester made an appearance at NCAAs.