KANSAS CITY, Mo. -(First Round Pairings (PDF) | Second Round Pairings (PDF) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released the first and second round pairings for the 2011 NAIA Men's Golf National Championships on Friday. The 60th annual event will take place at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., May 24 - 27.
Cornerstone will tee off at 8:15 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 24 with Grand View (IA) and The Master's (Calif). CU will tee off on Wednesday, May 25th at 12:39 p.m. CDT with the same teams.
The 156-player field for the National Championships is comprised of 20 automatic qualifying teams from conferences/independents/unaffiliated group tournaments and eight at-large selections, which were determined using the final NAIA Men's Golf Coaches' Top 25 Poll released on Thursday. St. Ambrose (Iowa) was awarded the host berth.
Among the qualifying teams is defending national champion Oklahoma City. The Stars won the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament title with an eight-stroke advantage on runner-up Oklahoma Christian. Oklahoma City rallied from a three-stroke deficit in the first round with back-to-back low rounds to finish with a 287-279-292-858.
Eleven individuals earned a spot in the championship field, six of which qualified as the medalist at their respective conference/independent/unaffiliated group tournament. Holy Names' (Calif.) Stephen Edman and Zach Lindsey of Reinhardt (Ga.) each were awarded an at-large invitation. Brett Quitiquit of Madonna (Mich.), Wayland Baptist's (Texas) Michael Loppnow and J.D. Nash of William Woods (Mo.) qualified as returning 2010 All-Tournament Team members.
Reigning individual national champion Justin Lower of Malone will look to become the fifth player in the event's history to win consecutive medalist honors.