Green Travels West for NCAA Regional

One of just 45 players nationally to earn an individual bid to a regional contest, Green enters this week's event as a No. 7 seed in San Diego and will compete from May 14-16, at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe. 
"When I found out, it was very surreal because I really wasn't getting my hopes up," said Green about making the regional. "I didn't know, based on my ranking, how it was going to go. I didn't even watch the selection show; my mom actually called me and told me. Then, while I was on the phone with her, Coach (Grant) Robbins called me and told me I got in. It was just very surreal, and I'm very happy and excited for this experience."
Making the experience even sweeter is the fact that Green now has this semester of school work in the rearview mirror. Once he was accepted into the tournament and his travel schedule was set, he arranged to take all of his finals on one day.
It made for an extra busy weekend filled with both golf and studying, but he got it done and can now compete this weekend with just one thing on his mind: golf.
"This will be my first golf trip that I can go and not worry about anything school related," said Green about putting the stress of finals week behind him. "I'm just going to play my game, not have any worries except going out and playing good golf. Yes, I'm very excited to get finals out of the way."
During the 2014-15 season, Green led the Wildcats with a 73.18 stroke average while also pacing the team in rounds of even or under par (11) and average strokes per round behind the leader (3.85). The Lenexa, Kansas, native also leads his team in top-five finishes (1), top-10 finishes (4) and top-20 finishes (7) during the regular season.
"Matt's come a long way," said first-year Wildcat head coach Grant Robbins. "His attitude is a lot better. He's more consistent - we did some things with his golf swing in the fall that's helped him be more consistent - and he's really taken ownership of making sure he has the right attitude, staying in control of his emotions. I like the competitive fire he has, but in golf you have to be able to be more even keeled, not get too emotional, too high or too low. He's done a good job with that and I think that's helped him."
Green, one of three sophomores and two freshmen on this year's young Wildcat golf squad, hopes to use his experience this week as a means to better his team in the future.  
"I think it is (motivating) for the team," said Green. "I hope that all the guys look up to me for this, and I think that now they realize that we are capable of going to regionals. We were capable of it this year, we just kind of had an off last few tournaments, but I absolutely think this is a great stepping stone. We can learn a lot from this. I can learn a lot from this to bring back and teach the guys more about what it takes to get there."
Added Robbins, "We want to be there as a team, that's the No. 1 goal. But for Matt to get there individually, it's going to help his development as a player no matter what happens. This is going to make him a better player, and you hope that it helps motivate the other guys too when they see what he's doing." 
After a sophomore season of putting in countless hours of hard work on the course, Green said he is eager to get on the course and make the most of his experience this week. 
"I want to go have fun," said Green. "Being a sophomore and going (to regionals), I'm not really worried about results. I just want to go, have a good time and learn a lot. I want to learn from all the other guys and go out and have a good time."
From the six regional tournaments throughout the nation, the five lowest teams and the low individual not on an advancing team will qualify for the 2015 NCAA Championship, held May 29-June 3, at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida. 
 

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