In quest of a second straight trip to nationals, the Western Washington University men's golf team is the West Region's No. 2 seed in the South Central/West Regional on Monday-Wednesday, May 6-8, at The Home Course in Dupont.
It is the 15th straight NCAA Division II postseason appearance for the Vikings, who have gone on to nationals seven times. They went in 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2012, winning the regional title in 2005 and placing second in 1999.
The 54-hole tournament is one of four regionals taking place across the country. The South Central/West host is the Great Northwest Athletic Conference along with WWU and Saint Martin's.
Each regional is composed of 20 schools and eight additional individuals from non-qualifying schools. At a minimum, the top three teams and top two individuals from non-qualifying schools advance to the NCAA II National Championships on May 20-24 at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In addition, the fourth and fifth place teams from both the South Central/West Regional and from the Central/Midwest Regional will advance to the finals. From the South/Southeast Regional, the teams finishing fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh will also advance to the finals.
Last year, WWU placed fourth at regionals and went on to finish ninth at nationals.
The Vikings are coming off their sixth straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship last week. In nine regular-season tournaments, they placed among the top three eight times, winning three, being runner-up in one and third in four others.
"There are a lot of very good golf teams that will be there (regionals)," said WWU coach Steve Card (20th year), who was named GNAC Coach of the Year for the sixth time. "And there are a lot of very good golf teams that won't advance with just five teams going to nationals."