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Castro's Tees Off in NCAA Regionals

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee has selected the teams and individuals to participate in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships. Charlotte’s Franco Castro has been selected to play as an individual in the Raleigh regional hosted by N.C. State at the Lonnie Poole Golf Club. The Niners just narrowly missed qualifying as a team after a 4th place finish at the Conference USA Championships. 

Castro led the Niners during the regular season with 16 rounds under par firing a season-best round of four-under 66 twice in Japan and in October’s Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. Castro recorded a pair of individual top-10 finishes, one top-five and averaged a team-best 72.36 stroke average which currently ranks 8th all-time. In 68 career rounds with Charlotte, Castro has a career 72.97 stroke average which is currently 5th all-time.

Castro was a part of the Niners regional efforts last season at Ohio State that saw Charlotte carry the overnight team lead after round one. Castro himself would card rounds of 76, 76 and 73 getting his first taste of postseason action.



"I'm proud of Frank for being selected as an individual to participate in the NCAA championship," remarked Head Coach Ryan Cabbage. "Frank is a player that is certainly good enough to advance through the Raleigh regional and on to the NCAA finals. I'm looking forward to going to Raleigh with him and watching him play well."

The six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted Thursday-Saturday, May 15-17 with 18 holes each day. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at three regionals while the other three regionals with have 14 teams and five individuals. Castro is one of 10 individuals assigned to play in Raleigh. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.

The Lonnie Poole Golf Course will play a par of 71 over 7,213 yards. Located on 250 acres inside the city of Raleigh, the golf course routing is dictated by large elevation changes. It meanders around large buffer areas that were left in place to protect streams and wetlands that are in the Neuse River watershed. The buffers provide protected a habitat for wildlife and native plant species.

The finals will be conducted May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas. Wichita State is the host institution for the 2014 championships. 

Castro’s tee time for the first round will be at 9:50 a.m. paired with Emanuel Petrich of Bethune-Cookman and Brandon Matthews of Temple. Live scoring for all three rounds will be provided via Golfstat by clicking HERE.

Participating Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. Georgia Tech [Atlantic Coast Conference]
2. Washington
3. Florida State
4. Texas A&M
5. Mercer [Atlantic Sun Conference]
6. Kentucky
7. Texas Tech
8. Wake Forest
9. South Alabama
10. Memphis
11. Minnesota [Big Ten Conference]
12. Rice [Conference USA]
13. Bethune-Cookman [Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference]

Participating Individuals
J.T. Poston, Western Carolina
Evan Russell, Hartford
Franco Castro, Charlotte
Brandon Matthews, Temple
Richard Fountain, Davidson
Eric Brady, East Carolina
Andrew Dorn, Coastal Carolina
Ben Wheeler, Coastal Carolina
Sean Bosdosh, Maryland
Zach Seabolt, Winthrop

Schedule of Events (all times ET)
Tuesday, May 13
3-7 p.m. – Tournament registration (Sheraton Raleigh, lower lobby)

Wednesday, May 14
7 a.m. – Practice facilities open
8 a.m. – Practice Round
3 p.m. – Coaches Meeting (Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse)

Thursday, May 15
7 a.m. – Practice facilities open
8 a.m. – First round of tournament competition begins

Friday, May 16
7 a.m. – Practice facilities open
8 a.m. – Second round of tournament competition

Saturday, May 17
6:30 a.m. – Practice facilities open
7:30 a.m. – Final round of tournament competition

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