ZIONSVILLE, Ind. - Coming off its third Northeast Conference title in four years, the Sacred Heart University men's golf team begins competition at the NCAA Regional at 9:40, Thursday morning.
The first of three rounds gets underway at the par-71, 7,025-yard Wolf Run Golf Club at 8:00 am. Junior Jun Hardart (Warwick, Bermuda) tees off at 9:40 along with UMKC's Jack Fiscus and EKU's Johan Eriksson to get things started for the Pioneers. Junior Leopoldo Garcia (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) tees off at 9:50, followed by sophomore Joshua Salah (Gloucester, Mass.), junior Joseph Serrantino (Cromwell, Conn.) and senior David Renski (North Stonington, Conn.), all 10 minutes apart.
Each of the five threesomes including a SHU golfer will tee off from the first hole. The weather for Thursday's round one is anticipated to be mostly cloudy, with highs reaching 73 degrees. The sun is expected to shine a little brighter on Friday, with highs in the low 80s. However, the final round, taking place on Saturday, could be interupted by scattered thunderstorms throughout the area.
Entering the first day of play, Alabama is the favorite at the Indiana Regional and seeded first. The host Indiana Hoosiers are seeded seventh in the regional, while its Big Ten opponents Illinois and Iowa claim the second and third seeds. Overall, there are 14 teams playing for the right to advance to the NCAA Championship in Stillwater, Okla., with Sacred Heart seeded 14th. The top five teams from each of the six regional sites will advance to the championship, along with the top individual not on an advancing team.