Men's Golf Prepares For NCAA West Regional
May 14, 2001
This Week: The Stanford Cardinal women's golf team prepares for the NCAA West Regional, Thursday, May 17 through Saturday, May 19 in Corvallis, Oregon at the Trysting Tree Golf Club (Oregon State University, host). Twenty-seven teams will compete in the regional, including 10 top 25 teams (according to the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Poll). The field is as follows: South Carolina, Wake Forest, New Mexico, BYU, San Diego State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, Arizona State, Southern California, Arizona, UNLV, Oregon, Pepperdine, Washington, California, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State, Pacific, Tennessee, Navy, Oral Roberts, Austin Peay State, UC Irvine, Detroit, Weber State.
The Format: The teams will play a total of 54 holes, 18 each day. All three rounds begin at 7:30 a.m. PDT from the first and tenth tees. The final groups will begin play at 1:20 p.m. PDT each round. The Cardinal will tee of from the first tee on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. along with Wake Forest and Tennessee. The three schools will tee off from the 10th tee on Friday at 12:09 p.m.
The Course: Trysting Tree Golf Club has been a part of the Corvallis community since 1988. The course will play to 7,060 yards for this tournament, and carry a par of 72. Golfweek Magazine rated the course the third best collegiate facility on the West Coast in 1998. The 2001 NCAA Women's West Regional was played on the course last week.
Last Year At West Regionals: The Cardinal tied for 10th last year at the NCAA West Regionals, carding a 865 for the tournament ... Stanford's Jimmy Lee was the top finisher for the Cardinal tying for 38th with a 216 ... Philip Rowe tied for 46th with a 217 while Alex Aragon tied for 52nd (218) ... Eric Dahlberg tied for 79th (222). Arizona won the regional with a 839 team score while Pepperdine's Michael Beard took top medalist honors with a 204 for the tourney.
Two Cardinal Golfers Garner All-Conference Honors: Junior golfer Philip Rowe and senior Alex Aragon garnered all-conference honors for their performance during the 2000-01 season. Rowe was a second-team selection while Aragon picked up honor mention accolades. Rowe, a junior from Cornwall, UK, leads the Cardinal with a 72.9 stroke average and has eight top 25 finishes this year. Aragon, who hails from San Diego, CA, was Stanford's top finisher at Pac-10s with a tie for seventh.
Did You Know: Stanford has 10 top-10 finishes in 12 tournaments this season ... they has six top-5 finishes ... the Cardinal took home the title at the Fresno Lexus Classic earlier this season ... In their first round at the John Burns Intercollegiate, Stanford fired a 13-under 275, which is the second-lowest under par round in school history ... the Cardinal's 13-under par 851 at the Fresno Lexus Classic is the fourth lowest team tournament score in school history ... with his round of 66 at the John Burns Intercollegiate, Alex Aragon becomes only the sixth Cardinal to do so.
Last Time Out: The Cardinal finished sixth at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships held on the Stanford Golf Course. Stanford shot a four-day total of 1438 as USC won the championship with a 1400, breaking ASU's six consecutive titles streak. Individually, Stanford was led by senior Alex Aragon, who carded a 279 for the tourney to tie for seventh. Sophomore Jim Seki turned in a 286 to tie for 22nd while senior Jimmy Lee recorded a 288 to tie for 29th. Junior Philip Rowe and senior Eric Dahlberg tied for 42nd. Sophomore George Downing finished 59th.
Results: Results from each round will be available at www.osubeavers.com, and ncaachampionships.com. Results will not be posted before 8:00 p.m. PDT.
Up Next: The top 10 teams from each of the three Regionals, plus an additional two individuals will advance to the 2001 NCAA Championships. The Championships are scheduled for May 30-June 2 at the Duke University Golf Course in Durham, North Carolina (host-Duke).
Head Coach Jeff Mitchell: A former professional golfer on the PGA Tour and director of golf at Texas Tech, Jeff Mitchell is in his first year as the head men's golf coach at Stanford. Mitchell spent the last 10 years as the head women's golf coach at Texas Tech, an in 1998, he became the golf director for both the men's and women's programs. He was named District Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1996 and the Southwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1996. For nine years (1976-84), Mitchell was on the PGA Tour, playing in an average of 30 tournaments a year. He won the Phoenix Open in 1980 and had a dozen top-10 finishes as well as making 111 career cuts. A 1989 graduate of Texas Tech, Mitchell earned a degree in physical education and received his teaching certification in 1990. He competed for the Red Raiders from 1974-76, picking up All-Southwest Conference honors as well as being named an honorable mention All-American.
Stanford Golf Course: Stanford Golf Course, host of The Nelson Invitational and the U.S. Intercollegiate, also hosted the 2001 Men's Pac-10 Conference Golf Championships. The par 71, 6,786 yard course is home to both the Stanford men's and women's golf programs and was built in 1929 exclusively with Stanford athletic funds. A flat par-36 front nine and hilly par-35 back nine combine for what is considered one of the most challenging courses in the country.
2001 Postseason Bio Updates
Alex Aragon * Sr. Major: Industrial EngineeringSan Diego, Calif. High School: Torrey Pines
2000-01: Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection ... Has competed in 11 events this season with a 73.6 stroke average (third best on the squad) ... Has notched two top 10 and five top 25 finishes ... Shot a career-low 66 in the first round at the John Burns Intercollegiate ... Has shot a season-low 214 for a tourney three times this season ... Notched highest finish this year with a tie for third at the Matlock Collegiate Classic ... Was Stanford's top finisher at the conference championships, tying for seventh.
Season Lows: Rd. (66), Tournament (214)Career Lows: Rd. (66), Tournament (213)
Eric Dahlberg * Sr. Major: EconomicsFort Worth, Tex. High School: Trinity Valley
2000-01: Has competed in 11 events this season with a 75.4 stroke average ... Has two top 10 finishes and five top 25 finsihes this year ... Tied his career low with a 68 in the second round of The Husky Classic ... Shot a career low 215 at the Nelson Invitational ... Recorded his best finish of the year at the Nelson Invite, tying for eighth ... Finished tied for 42nd at Pac-10 Championships ... Tied for 10th at The Husky Classic.
Season Lows: Rd. (68), Tournament (215)Career Lows: Rd. (68), Tournament (215)
Jimmy Lee * Sr. Major: EconomicsCoral Springs, Fla. High School: Coral Springs H.S.
2000-01: Has competed in 11 events (34 rounds) this season with a 73.5 stroke average (second lowest on the squad) ... Has notched three top 10 finishes and five top 25 finishes ... Tied his career low for a single round when he carded a 67 in the first round of the John Burns Intercollegiate ... Also set his career best for a tournament with a 206 at the John Burns Intercollegiate ... Tied for 29th at the Pac-10 Championships ... Individual medalist at The Prestige where he shot a three-round total of 210 for the win ... Placed seventh individually at the Fresno Lexus Classic with a 214 (71-17-72) ... Tied for fourth at the John Burns Intercollegiate recording a 206.
Season Lows: Rd. (67), Tournament (206)Career Lows: Rd. (67), Tournament (206)
Philip Rowe * Jr. Major: PsychologyCornwall, UK High School: Truro School
2000-01: Second team All-Pac-10 selection ... Has competed in 11 events for the Cardinal this season with a team-best 72.9 stroke average ... Has recorded four top 10 finishes and eight top 25 finishes this season ... Tied his career-low with a 68 in the final round of the Fresno Lexus Classic and in the first round of the John Burns Intercollegiate ... won the Fresno Lexus Classic, carding a 208 for the victory ... Tied for 42nd at Pac-10s ... Took seventh at The Prestige with a 213 for the tournney.
Season Lows: Rd. (68), Tournament (208)Career Lows: Rd. (68), Tournament (208)
Jim Seki * So. Major: UndecidedHonolulu, Hi. High School: Punahou H.S.
2000-01: Has competed in all 12 events for the Cardinal this season with a 74.3 stroke average (fourth best on the team) ... Has notched three top 10 finishes and five top 25 finishes ... Shot a season-low 69 in the first rounds of the Fresno Lexus Classsic and The Prestige ... Carded a career-low 212 at the Fresno Lexus Classic where he finished third ... Tied for 22nd at the Pac-10 Championships ... Tied for seventh at the Matlock Collegiate Classic, recording a 230 ... Tied for eighth at the Nelson Invitational.
Season Lows: Rd. (69), Tournament (212)Careeer Lows: Rd. (65), Tournament (212)
MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings (May 9, 2001)
1. Georgia2. Georgia Tech3. Clemson4. Arizona State5. Texas6. Southern California7. TCU8. North Carolina State9. Florida10. Wake Forest11. Augusta State12. Brigham Young13. New Mexico14. Arizona15. Oklahoma State16. Oklahoma17. South Carolina18. East Tennessee State19. Houston20. Duke21. Northwestern22. Oregon23. Virginia Tech24. Washington25. San Diego State