It's not quite time to put the golf clubs away just yet.
Friday night, the Charger men's golf team learned it qualified for the NCAA Regionals, which will take place May 9-11 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Henderson State University will act as the host institution for the regional, the first such appearance for Hillsdale since the program was brought back in 2014.
Hillsdale joins nine other programs in the Midwest and Central Regions: Indianapolis, Grand Valley State, Missouri-St. Louis, Ferris State, Trevecca, Findlay, Wayne State, Bellarmine and Maryville.
Trevecca, Maryville and Ferris State received automatic bids due to winning their conference events. Four individuals from non-qualifying teams will also play at regionals, hailing from Ashland, Drury and Northwood.
Both individually and collectively, the Charger golfers enjoyed their best season of this new era in 2018-19. There were more rounds in the 60s generated by this team than any other in the past five years, and those rounds directly translated to the team's berth in regionals.
How a golf team qualifies for regional play is not unlike other sports such as basketball or volleyball. A team's finish in a regular season event can be translated into a won-loss record against the other teams participating in that event. For example, there were 17 teams participating in the Music City Invite in Nashville back on April 2. Hillsdale took first place in that event, which for regional purposes, can be translated into a 16-0 record against the other 16 teams playing in that event.
The Chargers won two events during the year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Those two outright victories became a huge "won-loss record" advantage for Hillsdale, when compared to other teams in the region. With help from the golfstat.com season cumulative rankings, Hillsdale did more than enough to make itself one of this region's qualifying teams.