Release: May 10, 2011
Contact: Kevin Solan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
golfer Jake Katz earns historic individual NCAA bid
named one of 45 individual participants to the 2011 NCAA Regionals
VESTAL, N.Y. -- One of the
finest individual seasons in Division I collegiate golf culminated
with a bid to the 2011 NCAA Regionals as senior Jake
Katz was named to the 45-man individual participant list
A two-time America Sky Player of the Year, Katz was selected
as one of 45 players to receive an individual bid to this year's
event. He was the third individual chosen out of 10 to compete
in the Virginia Tech Region, which will be held May 19-21 at
the Pete Dye River Course at Virginia Tech, located in Radford,
"It's a great situation for our golf program," head
coach Bernie Herceg said. "We are trying to build our team
to be one of the top programs in the Northeast and this just
shows that a Binghamton Bearcat can play in the NCAA Tournament.
Jake is a well deserving candidate. He has proven throughout
the year that he should be there and he's the best player to
come out of Binghamton University. Through his hard work and
dedication towards golf, he has earned this remarkable accomplishment
to compete amongst the elite golfers in the country."
The golf committee selects a total of 81 teams and 45 individuals
not on those teams for participation at six 54-hole regional
tournaments. The regional sites will determine the 30 qualifying
teams and six individuals not on those qualifying teams to compete
in the finals. Three regions will have 13 teams and ten individuals
not on those teams while the other three sites will have 14 teams
and five individuals not on those teams.
A variety of factors are used in determining the selection of
individuals for the NCAA Regionals. The primary criteria used
by the committee is a combination of NCAA/Golfstat ranking indexes,
head-to-head win/loss record and strength of schedule. Katz finished
the season ranked No. 111 by Golfstat and No. 208 in the Golfweek/Sagarin
The Binghamton University golf program has made 11 appearances
in the NCAA Championship in program history. However, the 11
appearances between 1992 and 2005 were made as a team competing
in the championship. Katz's selection marks the first individual
bid to the NCAA Championship in school history.
In a sparkling senior season, Katz defeated more than 95% of
his opponents and posted a staggering 899-37-18 record in head-to-head
competition. He collected nine top-10 finishes, five runner-up
performances and an individual title at the Cornell Invitational.
He holds the program record for the lowest career scoring average
(74.29) and ranks second all-time in top-10 finishes with 25.