Mercer captured the Atlantic Sun Conference’s automatic qualifier by virtue of its tournament victory at the A-Sun Championships on April 22. The Bears currently boast the No. 29 spot in the latest Golfstat national team rankings, the fifth highest spot among Raleigh Regional participating teams.
Twelve of the 13 teams at the Raleigh Regional are ranked inside Golfstat’s top-100 programs, while eight are top-50 squads. Joining Mercer is No. 5 Georgia Tech, No. 8 Washington, No. 17 Florida State, No. 20 Texas A&M, No. 32 Kentucky, No. 41 Texas Tech, No. 44 Wake Forest, No. 53 South Alabama, No. 56 Memphis, No. 70 Minnesota, No. 98 Rice and No. 169 Bethune-Cookman.
The Bears are paired with Texas A&M and Kentucky for the opening day of play, teeing off from the 10th hole at 8:20 a.m.
The landmark 2013-14 Mercer golf campaign has seen the team capture three tournament championships (Brickyard Collegiate, Seminole Intercollegiate, Atlantic Sun Championship) and finish inside the top-five teams in 10 of 11 outings.
Three Mercer players are featured in Golfstat’s top-100 men’s collegiate individual rankings. Junior Trey Rule leads the trio at No. 41, while seniors James Beale and Hans Reimers are No. 61 and No. 100, respectively.
While Mercer’s trip to the NCAA Regionals is a first for the program, multiple Mercer golfers have experience in NCAA Regional play. In 2012, Beale was selected as an at-large participant in the Athens Regional. Last season, Rule and Reimers each garnered at-large selections to the Tallahassee Regional.