SUU golfer qualifies for NCAA tourney

CEDAR CITY–Southern Utah University golfer Fidel Concepcion has qualified for NCAA Regional competition, and will be competing at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, California.

“I was a little nervous watching the Golf Channel as the names came out, and was very relieved when my name popped up,” Concepcion said. “I’m really excited that I’m able to extend my season, the only thing that could have made it better is if we were going as a team, but either way I’m still representing SUU and I’m going to be prepared for the challenges ahead.”

He is the first Thunderbird since 2009 to represent the university at NCAA Regional competition. The last was Nate Page, who competed in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and finished 21st on the leaderboard. He will also be the third Thunderbird regional competitor at the Division I level, with Kenny Ebalo being the first to reach the feat.

Concepcion, a junior from Sydney, Australia, was 77th in Division I in scoring average, with a mark of 71.42 through 31 rounds of golf played.

We’re proud of Fidel and the great career he’s had so far

“We’re proud of Fidel and the great career he’s had so far,” SUU head coach Richard Church said. “He had wins each of his first two years and has broken a lot of our scoring records, and this is another big step in his career. And I’m sure he’s going to be content just being there, he will be competing for a Regional title and he has the skill set to do so.”

Concepcion was named First Team All-Big Sky for his play, as well as being named Big Sky Men’s Golfer of the Week four different times during the 2016-17 season. His best finish of the season came in the Bill Cullum Invitational, where he finished second. He also finished in a tie for second at the Del Walker Intercollegiate.

The announcement was made this morning on the Golf Channel as part of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships Selections Announcement.

NCAA Regional competition will take place from May 15-17. The low individual in each Regional heads to the NCAA National Championships.

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