UC golfer Austin Squires qualifies for NCAA Tournament
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - University of Cincinnati sophomore golfer Austin Squires will become just the fifth golfer in school history to participate in the NCAA Tournament when he tees it up in the regional tournament on May 15 at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind.
The tournament runs through May 17 and he'll have to shoot the top score among golfers not on the top five teams that advance to nationals as only one individual golfer advances from each regional. The national tournament is May 26-31 in Sugar Grove, Calif.
Squires, who is a graduate of Ryle High School in Northern Kentucky, is among 45 individual qualifiers for regional tournaments, and qualified based on his national ranking of No. 142. There are 81 teams who earned berths, and obviously those teams have several players ranked ahead of Squires. However, once they are taken out of equation the next 45 highest ranked individuals also earned a berth.
Squires finished fifth in the American Athletic Conference Championship and was selected the conference Player of the Year based on what he did during the entire season. He set a school record with a season stroke average of 71.71.
Local 12's Aly Cohen talked with Squires about his accomplishment in the attached video.