LOUDONVILLE, N.Y.-- The 2016 MAAC Champions, the Siena men’s golf team, learned their NCAA Tournament fate on Thursday morning as field of 81 was announced live on the Golf Channel. The Saints will be the 14 seed in the Marana, Arizona region hosted by the University of Arizona at the Gallery Golf Club.
Siena is one of four automatic qualifiers in the region. The Saints are joined by #13 UC Riverside, #12 Louisiana Tech, nine-seed Saint Mary’s (Ca.) and number one seed Stanford.
The Saints’ season continues as the team secured a spot in the NCAA tournament field following the program’s fourth MAAC title. Siena rallied from six strokes back entering the final round to forge a tie with Manhattan, and Scott Kim sunk the decisive putt on the first playoff hole as The Saints claimed its first title in nine years. Siena, which also won MAAC Championships in 1991, 2006 and 2007, earned the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Siena rallied to claim the title by shooting the second lowest final round score in MAAC Tournament history. The Saints' score of 284 was just one stroke off Loyola's final round record of 283 in 2013. Siena's historic final round featured 16 total birdies and an eagle. Three of Siena's five golfers carded under-par scores in the final round, with Michael Christifulli leading the way with a three-under 69 which included five birdies.
Overall, Siena led all schools with three golfers finishing in the top-10 for the tournament. Kim and Michael Shine joined Christifulli in carding top-10 scores.
Each region will conduct a 54-hole tournament that will be conducted May 16-18. The top five teams in each region and the low individual not on those teams from each region will advance to the finals. The team and individual medalists will be decided on May 27-June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.