For the first time in program history, Marquette men’s golf will send two individuals to the NCAA regionals. Hunter Eichhorn and Matt Murlick will both be in Texas for regional play on May 14th, 15th, and 16th, as they have been included in the Bryan Regional at Traditions Club hosted by Texas A&M as individual competitors.
Eichhorn earned his way into the field by way of winning the Big East’s individual championship, where he was the only player to record a score under par. He’s the first ever MU player to earn a spot in the NCAA field in that fashion. Murlick finished tied for second at the conference championship meet at even par, and was an at-large selection to play in the regionals as an individual competitor. Thankfully for head coach Steve Bailey, both Eichhorn and Murlick are going to the same regional. Can you imagine the nonsense if the NCAA had sent them to different regions?
There are 13 teams competing at the Bryan Regional and 10 individuals total. The top five teams will advance to the NCAA Championships at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Oklahoma, but only one individual player will continue on. Unfortunately for Eichhorn and Murlick, that means that they have to not only beat out the other eight solo competitors and each other, but everyone else on the eight teams in Texas that don’t make the cut as well. That’s an awful lot of really good golfers, so it could be a bit of a steep road to climb. We’ll see what happens.
It’s been nearly a decade since Marquette had an individual competing in regionals. Mike Van Sickle claimed individual spots in both 2007 and 2009 on opposite sides of Marquette’s first ever team appearance in the NCAA regionals in 2008.