Chattanooga Mocs sophomore Paul Conroy took just three semesters to make a huge mark on the men’s golf program. The NCAA announced this year’s NCAA Tournament field with Conroy earning the program’s fourth individual berth.
The Irishman is headed to Norman, Okla., May 16-18 for the NCAA Norman Regionals. His is the fourth individual bid in school history joining Neil Connolly (1992 & 1993) and Wes Gosselin (2016). The team earned bids every season over an 8-year span from 2007-14.
Conroy is among 13 teams and 10 individuals vying to qualify for the NCAA Championships May 27-June 1 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottdale, Ariz. The full field features six regions with a total of 81 teams and 60 individuals working toward being among the final 30 teams and six individuals at Grayhawk.
“It means a lot to the chance to go to Oklahoma and compete with the best teams and individuals in the country,” he shared. “I look forward to the challenge of facing the No. 1 team in the nation (Oklahoma) along with all the other top teams and individuals selected to play.”
It’s a fine line for Conroy. The top five teams clear that first hurdle with the lone individual from one of the non-advancing squads earning the final spot. The Mocs made the grade in 2009 for the first time as a team and in 2012 winning the Bowling Green Regionals. Connolly made the finals in 1993, while Chris Robb did as well in 2014 in a playoff in Eugene earning All-America status tying for 15th at the next stop.
Host sites include the Traditions Club (Bryan, Texas), Scarlet Course (Columbus, Ohio), Yale Golf Course (New Haven, Conn.), PGA National (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), The Reserve at Spanos Park (Stockton, Calif.) and Jimmie Austin Golf Club (Norman, Okla.). Grayhawk is not only the site of the men’s championships, but the women as well May 20-25.