The Wake Forest men's golf team will begin play today in the NCAA Championship at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon. The course is 7,014 yards in length and is a par-70. For those interested, here is a flyover video of the course. The length of the course should suit Wake's game well, but it's also a tight course, which means that accuracy off the tee is vitally important.
Wake Forest will go with its standard 5-man lineup of Will Zalatoris, Davis Womble, Paul McBride, Kyle Sterbinsky, and Cameron Young. Young will begin play today at 5:10 p.m. Eastern, and Zalatoris will be the last Deac to tee off (5:54 p.m.) Wake will begin play on hole 10.
The format for this tournament is that all 30 competing teams will compete in the first 3 days of the tournament. Each team will use its best 4 of 5 scores to determine the team's total score. The top 15 teams will advance to play on the 4th day. After the 4th day of the tournament, the field will be narrowed day to just 8 teams. Those 8 teams will compete in a match play tournament to determine the national champion. The Golf Channel will begin its coverage of the tournament beginning on Monday.
Wake Forest is currently ranked 14th in Golfstat's rankings, and are 2nd nationally in adjusted scoring average. There's no denying that this team has the talent to compete with almost any team in the country. Wake Forest will need Will Zalatoris to have a bounce back performance from his poor showing at the Tucson Regional.