K-State's Green Earns NCAA Regional Bid

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State sophomore men's golfer Matt Green was one of 45 players nationally to earn an individual bid to the NCAA Men's Golf Regionals, the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Committee announced Monday morning.

Green is the No. 7 seed at the NCAA San Diego Regional held May 14-16, at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

"I am very proud of Matt. It is great to see him rewarded for how hard he has worked," said head coach Grant Robbins. "His game has improved significantly over the last year, and this will be a great experience for him. I know he is eager to start preparing and has the goal of advancing to the National Championship."

Green's inclusion in the NCAA Regionals marks the second-straight season a Wildcat will play in the postseason following Daniel Wood's appearance a year ago at the regional held in Columbia, Missouri.

Green will be joined at The Farms Golf Club by nine other individuals: Cody Blick (San Jose State), Petter Mikalsen (Denver), George Cunningham (Arizona), Antoine Rozner (UMKC), Chad Merzbacher (Tennessee), David Kocher (Maryland), Conner Campbell (Loyola Marymount), Hayden Shieh (Santa Clara), Justin De Los Stanos (Cal Poly).

Green led the Wildcats during the 2014-2015 season in stroke average at 73.18, while he was also tops in rounds even or under par (11) and average strokes per round behind the leader (3.85).

A native of Lenexa, Kansas, Green also paced the team in top-5 (1), top-10 (4) and top-20 (7) finishes this season, including a championship in the Jack Nicklaus Invitational, September 28-29, in Columbus, Ohio. Green is coming off of last week's Big 12 Men's Golf Championship where he fired a 16-over par 296 to tie for 20th.

From the six regionals throughout the nation, the five lowest teams and low individual not on an advancing team will qualify for the NCAA Championship, held May 29-June 3, at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida.