WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW men's golf team and Head Coach Matt Clark will head to Athens, Georgia, where it will compete at the University of Georgia Golf Course in the Athens Regional of the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championship.

The Seahawks captured their second consecutive Colonial Athletic Association tournament title earlier this month by two strokes over Georgia State at the Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware. UNCW will be making its sixth appearance overall and third straight under the direction of Clark, who is in his fourth season with the program.

"We're excited to compete in the Athens Regional against some of the top talent in the nation," said Clark. "We wanted to stay closer to home and we'll be able to do that. The course set up and design is something we're familiar with. We look forward to representing UNCW, the CAA and southeastern North Carolina next week."

The Seahawks have been led this season by junior Thomas Bass and sophomore Payne McLeod. Both are tied for the team lead with 73.2 stroke averages. Bass has produced a team-leading five top-10 finishes, including a top-five at the CAA tournament where he finished tie for fourth with red-shirt freshman teammate Patrick Sawrey.

The Athens Regional gets underway on May 17 and runs through the 19th. A practice round is slated for May 16.

The course measures 7,240 yards and is a par 72. Built in 1968, it was designed by Robert Trent Jones.

Joining the Seahawks at the regional will be Alabama, North Florida, New Mexico, host Georgia, Iowa, East Carolina, Long Beach State, defending national champion Augusta State, Wake Forest, Houston, UT Arlington and Loyola (Md.).