TPC Myrtle Beach, one of America’s premier public golf courses, is in near perfect condition as play wraps up for the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional, which began May 13, as part of the Division I Men’s Golf Championship.
Fourteen of the nation’s best collegiate teams, including five top 25 squads, and five individuals are competing for the opportunity to advance to the NCAA Championship in Fayetteville, Ark., at the end of month.
The Myrtle Beach Regional field is headlined by fourth-ranked Wake Forest and No. 8 California, which is led by Collin Morikawa, the nation’s second-ranked collegiate golfer. Among the five individuals who earned the right to compete in the regional was Coastal Carolina’s Zack Taylor.
There will be six 54-hole regionals conducted across the nation May 13-15. The top 5 teams and lowest-scoring individual not on a team from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championship.
Completing the Myrtle Beach Regional field (Sagrin ranking in parenthesis) are: Texas Tech (No. 18), Illinois (No. 23), Florida State (No. 25), UNLV (No. 34), Oregon (No. 35), Ohio State (No. 52), Northwestern (No. 54), Oregon State (No. 62), Cal State Fullerton (No. 67), Middle Tennessee State (No. 110), VCU (No. 134) and Robert Morris (No. 259).
The four individuals joining Taylor are Davidson’s Jack Lang, Florian Schroedl of Fairleigh Dickenson and Bobby Bai and Kyler Tate from the University of Central Florida,
“TPC Myrtle Beach is a layout capable of challenging the best players in the world, and it will help identify the teams and individuals most deserving of advancing to the 2019 NCAA Championship,” said Steve Mays, president of Founders Group International. “The course is in pristine condition, and we can’t wait to welcome golf’s next generation of stars to Myrtle Beach.”
Admission to the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional is free. Parking will be at Inlet Square Mall and a free shuttle service will transport spectators to TPC Myrtle Beach.
TPC Myrtle Beach, a layout that has hosted the Senior PGA Tour Championship and the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, will provide an idyllic venue. The 7,000-yard layout places a premium on ball-striking but the regional championship could be decided by a pair of memorable risk-reward holes on the back nine.
The short par 4 12th hole, which plays just 333 from the tips, is reachable off the tee but trouble looms in the form of heavy woods that run the entirety of the left side of the hole.
TPC’s signature hole, the par 5 18th, is always full of drama. At 538-yards from the black tees, the green will be reachable in two for anyone who finds the fairway off the tee, but water that plays to the left edge of the green adds considerable risk to the challenge.
The one aspect of the of Lanny Wadkins-Tom Fazio design everyone will be talking about is its superior conditioning. TPC Myrtle Beach, which has been ranked among America’s “100 Greatest Public Courses,” by Golf Digest, has continually improved under the stewardship of Founders Group International (FGI), delivering a golf experience that exceeds the lofty expectations associated with the TPC brand.
In 2018, Fazio’s design team led a project that included the installation the Better Billy Bunker system, an effort that has greatly improved bunker conditioning and helped TPC Myrtle Beach continue to deliver a PGA Tour quality experience to players.
For more information on TPC Myrtle Beach, please visit www.TPCMyrtleBeach.com.
About Founders Group International: Founders Group International (FGI) is the foremost golf course owner-operator company in the Southeastern United States. Formed in 2014 through various purchases and the 2015 acquisition of National Golf Management, FGI owns and operates 22 golf courses (423 holes) in and around Myrtle Beach, S.C., America's seaside golf capital.
Those courses include Pine Lakes Country Club, the "granddaddy" of Myrtle Beach area courses; TPC Myrtle Beach, host site of the 2019 NCAA Division I men's golf regional and Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship; and Grande Dunes Resort Club, home of the Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center.
FGI administers www.MBN.com, a leader in online tee time bookings, as well as package outlet Myrtle Beach Golf Trips. With the help of Golf Insider's 100 percent player-generated course ranking system, thousands of golfers plan and assemble their ideal golf itineraries through FGI's assets, including "top-100 caliber" courses Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, King's North at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club, and more than 80 other Myrtle Beach area courses.
More information about Founders Group International is available at www.foundersgroupinternational.com, www.mbn.com or MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com.