SILVIS, Ill. -- Point Park University men's golf will be teeing it up at the NAIA Men's Golf National Championship beginning Tuesday, May 16 for the first round. The Pioneers tee off May 16 at 1:20 p.m. from hole No. 10 to begin the 72-hole tournament. Point Park's tee time of for the second round is May 17 at 8:40 a.m. from hole No. 1.
Point Park is competing in the NAIA national tournament for the fourth time in the last five years and the fifth time in its history. The Pioneers are one of 29 teams in the tournament, which is being held at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. The course is the site of the PGA TOUR's John Deere Classic.
The national tournament consists of 156 players. There were 21 teams that qualified automatically as champions or runner-ups in their respective conferences, and there were eight at-large berths. There are also 11 players who qualified individually. There will be a cut after 54 holes.
Point Park qualified for nationals as the champions of the River States Conference Tournament held April 17-18 at Lassing Pointe GC in Union, Ky. The Pioneers won first place of 11 teams there to earn the conference's automatic bid to NAIAs.
The Pioneers also competed at NAIAs in Salem, Ore., in 2013, and in Daytona Beach, Fla., in 2014 and 2015. The Pioneers are seeking to make the cut at the national tournament for the first time since 1969, the only other time the program made nationals. That year, Point Park finished third at the NAIA tournament in Fort Worth, Texas.
The tournament begins on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. with the players going off in threesomes. Point Park's opening tee time is in the afternoon sessions and goes off of the 10th tee at 1:20 p.m. The Pioneers are paired with The Master's (Calif.) and the individual qualifiers.
Point Park has three sophomores and two juniors in its five players. Junior Max Kaminsky was a freshman when the Pioneers last qualified for NAIAs, and he competed there with four senior teammates. Kaminsky and sophomore Gino DiPardo earned all-conference honors at the River States Conference tournament.
Kaminsky, DiPardo and sophomore Gage Basiletti have played every tournament the last two years for the Pioneers. Joining those three at NAIAs are junior Steven Bender and sophomore Jared Bender, who were also a part of the same lineup that won the conference tournament.
Follow the NAIA Men's Golf National Championship here on PointParkSports.com and on NAIA.org. Follow on Twitter @PointParkSports and @NAIA using hashtags #PPUGOLF and #NAIAMGolf.
The NAIA will air a video recap show after each day of the championship. Log on NAIANetwork.com or the NAIA's YouTube Channel for the show, which will air by 9 p.m. CT each night.
Related Links -- Point Park University Men's Golf
PointParkSports.com -- Pioneers win River States Conference Tournament, punch ticket to NAIAs (April 18, 2017)
Related Links -- NAIA Men's Golf National Championship (May 16-19 at TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.)
Live Scoring (via GolfStat)
TPC Deere Run course flyover (TPC Network on YouTube)
Pairings -- First & Second Round (announced May 5)
National Qualifiers (announced May 4)
Point Park Men's Golf Championship History
2017 -- NAIA national tournament (TBA of 29), River States Conference Tournament Champion
2015 -- NAIA national tournament (25th of 29), Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
2014 -- NAIA national tournament (27th of 29), Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
2013 -- NAIA national tournament (22nd of 28), Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
2012 -- American Mideast Conference Tournament Champion
1969 -- NAIA national tournament(3rd Place), NAIA District 18 Champion