Gilbert Selected for NCAA Men's Golf Regional Play
May 6, 2013
LAWRENCE, Kan. – All-Big 12 Tournament selection and owner of one of the top single-season scoring averages for Kansas since the mid-1980s, Chris Gilbert has been selected to represent the Jayhawks in postseason play the 2013 NCAA Regional fields were revealed Monday night.
Gilbert, who tied for 10th at the Big 12 Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club two weeks ago and carded the nation’s 33rd-best scoring average (71.67) throughout the regular season, will make his second career NCAA appearance after also making regional play as a sophomore in 2011. Gilbert was one of five individuals selected to play in the Arkansas Regional at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark., May 16-18.
“Chris had a great year and is very deserving of the opportunity to play in the NCAA Regional,” Kansas head coach Jamie Bermel said. “He’s currently ranked among the top-100 in the country and, if he plays well, has a real chance to advance to the final.”
Gilbert will look to become the first Kansas golfer to qualify for the NCAA Championship as an individual since Andy Stewart, who tied for 53rd at the NCAA finals in 2001. As a sophomore, Gilbert shot an 8-over 221 to finish tied for 55th at the NCAA Southwest Regional at the OMNI Tucson National Course in Tucson, Ariz.
To advance to the 2013 NCAA Golf Championship on the Crabapple Course at Capital City Club in Atlanta, Gilbert will have to be the top individual not on one of the top-five finishing teams at his regional site. The NCAA Tournament field will consist of 30 teams and six individuals from six different regional sites.
The senior from Simi Valley, Calif., was KU’s most consistent golfer throughout the 2012-13 season with five top-10 finishes, including the first two wins of his career at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in the fall and the Iowa Hawkeye Invitational in the last tournament prior to the Big 12 Championships. Kansas counted all of Gilbert’s 33 rounds towards the team score and he shot 14 of those rounds under-par.
Gilbert’s 71.67 is the second-lowest season average for a KU golfer since the current records were first recorded in 1986-97. Ryan Vermeer (1999-2000) is the Jayhawks’ single season leader at 71.31.
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