As the college sports calendar comes to an end, the NCAA is putting together its finally stretch of sports championships for spring sports. The College World Series kicks off with regionals next week, the tennis title is currently up for grabs, and for the purposes of this stream, the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship will be getting underway on Monday May 31. The 2011 NCAA golf tournament is hosted by Oklahoma State and features three days of stroke play, followed by the top eight teams competing in a match-play playoff.
The Bay Area will be represented in the championship tournament by the California Golden Bears, who advanced out of their regional pod to earn their second straight and seventh overall NCAA tournament berth. The Bears won the 2004 NCAA tournament and will be looking for their second team national championship. They finished third in this year's Arizona regional with a score of nine under par over 54 holes. San Diego State won the regional, while Texas A&M, Pepperdine, and Arizona all qualified out of the region.
Cal finished the regional tournament with three players in the top-20, led by 2009 US Amateur Champion Ben An, who finished fourth shooting five under par for the weekend.
In addition to Cal, the Bay Area will be represented by UC Davis freshman golfer Matt Hansen. The golf tournament includes an invite for players from non-qualifying schools. Hansen finished at the top of the individual leaderboard with a nine under par performance in Arizona. The tournament offers an award for the lowest scoring individual competitor, for which Hansen will be competing.