OXFORD, Miss. -- Ole Miss men's golfer Joe David will travel to Athens, Ga., to compete as an individual in the NCAA Athens Regional May 17-19.
The regional, hosted by the University of Georgia, will take place at the school's University Golf Course.
The Athens Regional field includes 13 teams--No. 8 Alabama, No. 10 North Florida, No. 16 New Mexico, No. 24 Georgia, East Carolina, Long Beach State, Augusta State, Wake Forest, Houston, Texas-Arlington, UNC Wilmington and Loyola of Maryland--and 10 individual participants from teams that did not receive a bid to an NCAA regional.
Currently rated the No. 35 individual in the nation, David is the highest-ranked of the 10 individual participants in the regional.
A second team All-SEC selection, David enters the regional with a 71.43 stroke average. The senior has amassed nine top-20 finishes this season, including three top-five's and five top-10's, highlighted by second-place finishes at the Mason Rudolph and David Toms in the fall.
This will be David's fourth regional appearance--his first as an individual. David's best NCAA performance came as a junior last year at the East Regional in Blacksburg, Va., where he finished in 10th. He has never played at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
"Joe has had a great four years at Ole Miss," said Ole Miss head coach Ernest Ross. "He has played every tournament for four years, and very few players have done that. I know he is excited to extend his season and have a chance to go to nationals."
In addition to the top five teams, one individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championships May 29-June 3 in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
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