May 15, 2013
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The NC State men's golf team will compete in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional this Thursday through Saturday, May 16-18, at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla.
NC State earned an at-large bid as the No. 8 seed among the 13 teams in the field. The low five teams at the regional and the low individual not on a qualifying team will advance to the NCAA Championship in Atlanta, Ga., that runs May 28-June 2 at Capital City Club.
Senior Mitch Sutton and junior Albin Choi make up the veterans of the Wolfpack's five-man team this weekend. The other three competitors - junior Logan Harrell, sophomore William Herring and freshman Carter Page - are all competing in their very first NCAA Regional.
Sutton becomes the first NC State golfer to compete in four regionals since Mark Slawter turned the trick from 1993-96. The London, Ontario, native won the 2011 NCAA Florida Regional, and owns the seventh-lowest career scoring average in school history at 73.14.
Choi will compete in his third-straight NCAA Regional, having won the 2012 Ann Arbor Regional and finishing T24 in 2011. His 10-under 203 earned him a spot in the NCAA Championship field last season after the Wolfpack fell one place short of advancing to Riviera Country Club.
Throw in Matt Hill's 2009 victory at the NCAA Central Regional and the Wolfpack joins Oklahoma State as the only two schools to boast three regional winners in the last four seasons.
Harrell, a first-year transfer from South Carolina, has enjoyed a fine season with the Pack. His win at The Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate highlighted his work in seven spring tournaments.
Herring has put together a 74.0 scoring average in his second season at NC State, good for fourth on the team. He finished tied for 10th and 12th in consecutive tournaments in the month of April.
Only Sutton and Choi have played more tournaments than Page this season. The first-year golfer from Waynesville, N.C., competed in 10 of 12 events this year. Page's tie for 10th at the USF Invitational helped lead NC State to a victory in Lake Jovita, Fla., in early March.
NC State will play with Pac-12 schools Oregon and Oregon State on Thursday starting at 9 a.m., from hole No. 1.
This is the 39th appearance in NCAA postseason play for the Wolfpack, including 14 in the last 16 seasons, and the 21st time since the regional format was changed back in 1989.