Men's Golf West Regional Scheduled for Thursday-Saturday at Trysting Tree Golf Club
May 14, 2001
Corvallis, Ore. -
THE TOURNAMENT: The NCAA West Regional Men's Golf Championship will be held May 17-19 at the Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore. The tournament comes a week after the NCAA West Regional Women's Golf Championships were held at the same locale. The Regional will consist of 27 teams, plus six individuals. Tournament headquarters are at the Salbasgeon Suites Hotel, located at 1730 NW 9th Street in Corvallis. Admission to the event is free.
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 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 1:21 p.m. PDT Thursday, and 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
THE NEXT STEP: The NCAA Men's Division I Golf Committee will determine the number of teams that will advance to the national championship finals. The two lowest scoring individuals, whose teams do not advance to the finals, will qualify for the Championships. The NCAA Championships are scheduled for May 30-June 2 at the Duke University Golf Club in Durham, North Carolina.
THE FIELD: Nine teams from the Golfweek Top-25 (May 8 edition) are included in the 27-team field. No. 6 Arizona State is the highest ranked club, followed by No. 7 Wake Forest, No. 8 Arizona, No. 10 South Carolina, No. 11 USC, No. 16 New Mexico, No. 22 BYU, No. 23 UNLV, and No. 25 San Diego State. The rest of the field includes Colorado State, Oregon State, Oregon, Fresno State, Pepperdine, Washington, California, UCLA, Tennessee, Stanford, Nevada, UC Irvine, Pacific, Austin Peay, Oral Roberts, Weber State, Detroit Mercy, and Navy.
TOP PLAYERS: Six individuals from the latest Golfweek (May 8) top-25 poll are expected to be competing. The highest ranked individual is No. 6 Jeff Quinney of Arizona State. Quinney's teammates Matt Jones (No. 11) and Paul Casey (No. 24) also reside in the top-25. Fresno State's Nick Watney is No. 19, USC's Hunter Mahan is No. 20, and South Carolina's Kyle Thompson is No. 22.
THE INDIVIDUALS: Six individuals from schools that did not qualify for the Regional will be competing. The individuals are Scott Carlyle of Hawaii, Jeff Wood of UC Santa Barbara, David Hearn of Wyoming, John Mallinger of Long Beach State, Matt Bellinger of Denver, and Ryan Hanratty of San Diego.
Here is a closer look at the West Regional Field (team-by-team):
Arizona State Sun Devils -- The Sun Devils are the highest ranked team in the West Regional -- at No. 6...senior Jeff Quinney of Eugene, Ore., is ranked No. 6 in the nation, and is this year's Co-Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year...Quinney, who is the reigning U.S. Amateur Champion, played at this year's Master's...junior Matt Jones also was selected to the conference's first team.
USC Trojans -- The Trojans are No. 11 in the nation...USC won the Pac-10 Conference title for the first time since 1986...Kurt Schuette is this year's conference Coach of the Year...Hunter Mahan is the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year -- he won two individual titles and placed second at the league championship at -17, 271...junior Alex Kuyumjian, ranked No. 28, also was a first team selection
Arizona Wildcats -- Arizona is No. 8 in the nation...sophomore Ricky Barnes was selected the Pac-10 Conference Co-Player of the Year after winning the league title at -20, 268...Golf World Magazine named Barnes its Player of the Week for his performance at the Pac-10s.
Oregon Ducks -- Oregon won this year's Western Intercollegiate...sophomore John Ellis was selected the Pac-10 Conference's Second Team...sophomore Chris Carnahan won at Trysting Tree earlier this season with a -13, 203 total at the Northwest Collegiate Classic.
Oregon State Beavers -- The Beavers are making their third consecutive West Regional appearance and fourth in five years under head coach Mike Ketcham...senior Anthony Arvidson was a first team All-Pac-10 Conference selection...Arvidson has finished in the top-25 in all 14 events this season.
California Golden Bears -- The team played in the Toby Cup in Japan during the fall, one of four college teams invited...the Bears finished second at the Ping Invitational in Arizona in January...freshman Peter Tomasulo earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors...this is Cal's fifth consecutive West Regional appearance, and is aiming for its fourth straight NCAA Championships appearance.
Stanford Cardinal -- Senior Jimmy Lee and junior Philip Rowe each have individual titles this season...Rowe was a second team All-Pac-10 selection...Stanford won the Fresno Lexus Classic.
UCLA Bruins -- Junior Parker McLaughlin and sophomore Travis Johnson were named to the Pac-10 Honorable Mention Team...Johnson shot a 69 at Trysting Tree Golf Club last fall, his first round of the season.
Washington Huskies -- Freshman Corey Prugh set a Husky record at the Pac-10 Championships with a four-round total of -9, 275 -- he finished fourth...Prugh earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 Conference...freshman Brock Mackenzie was a second team selection...UW is attempting to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive season.
BYU Cougars -- BYU is ranked No. 22 in the nation...the Cougars won the Mountain West Conference title for the second time in three years...three BYU players finished in the top-5 at the MWC Tournament, led by the second place finish of senior Jesse Hibler...senior Scott Miller placed tied for third and senior Billy Harvey (1st team All-MWC) tied for fifth...the team won the Tucker Intercollegiate for the 10th time.
New Mexico Lobos -- New Mexico is ranked No. 14 in the nation...has three team titles for the season...J.T. Higgins is the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year...junior Wil Collins and sophomore Michael Letzig earned first team All-MWC...Letzig's -2, 286 four-round total at last year's NCAA Championships is a school record for the finals...UNM won the `98 West Regional...the Lobos are the only school to have four players on their active roster who have won tournament titles.
San Diego State Aztecs -- The Aztecs finished second at the Mountain West Conference Championships...sophomore Lars Johansson is the MWC Player of the Year...Johansson won the Taylor Made Intercollegiate and finished second in two other events...the team won three tournaments...former Oregon State player John Lepak won the MWC title at +3, 219.
Colorado State Rams -- The Rams finished third at the Mountain West Conference Championships...senior Robby Stephenson earned first team all-conference honors...junior Dallas Massey led CSU at the MWC Tournament, finishing tied for third at +6, 222...this is CSU's sixth consecutive NCAA West Regional appearance.
UNLV Rebels -- The Rebels are No. 21 in the nation...senior Scott Lander entered the Mountain West Conference Tournament as the league's low scorer at 71.58 -- he was named to the conference's first team...Lander also has been selected to the U.S. Palmer Cup team...James Oh was named the league's Freshman of the Year...the Rebels have competed in 13 straight West Regionals, winning three times, and never finishing lower than fifth.
Pepperdine Waves -- Pepperdine won the West Coast Conference title for the third consecutive year...freshman Randy Creighton claimed individual medalist honors at the conference tournament at -3, 213...junior Michael Beard placed second at 215, while junior Jason Allred was third at 216...Beard won last year's West Regional at -12, 204, including a final round 65...Creighton, Beard, and Allred each earned all-conference honors...the Waves won the 1997 NCAA Title.
South Carolina Gamecocks -- South Carolina is No. 10 in the country...senior Kyle Thompson is ranked No. 22...Thompson has one tournament title and one second-place finish...sophomore Johan Kok also has one tournament victory...USC's sixth consecutive Regional appearance.
Tennessee Volunteers -- Tennessee placed sixth at the Southeastern Conference Championships...senior Andy Brimer leads the team with four top-10 finishes.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons -- Ranked No. 7 in the country...finished third at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships...won one regular season tournament...sophomore Brent Wanner won the Duke Classic, which included a round of 65...freshman Bill Haas has a pair of second place finishes, and was named the league's Rookie of the Year.
Fresno State Bulldogs -- This is the 13th consecutive season the Bulldogs have qualified for the West Regional...sophomore Nick Watney is the 2001 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year...Watney has two tournament titles this season and is ranked No. 12 in the nation...Watney has a 71.5 scoring average, the lowest in FSU history.
Nevada Wolfpack -- Nevada won the Northwest Collegiate at the Trysting Tree Golf Club last fall with a total of 834...junior Mike Haack and sophomore Sprague Kolp were selected second team All-Western Athletic Conference.
Pacific Tigers -- Sophomore Troy McKinley and junior Jason Higton were selected to the All-Big West Conference Team...McKinley tied for first at the 49er Classic in Long Beach, and Higton tied for first at the Western Intercollegiate.
Detroit Mercy Titans -- The Titans are the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Champions...junior Adam Walicki was named to the All-MCC First Team...freshman Brent McClung was named the league's Newcomer of the Year after recording the second lowest scoring average in school history for a freshman.
Navy Midshipmen -- Navy won its third consecutive Patriot League title...freshman Billy Hurley finished second at the conference tournament at even-par 213...Hurley, senior Kirk Glockner, junior Drew Craig, and sophomore Nick Rogers were all named to the all-conference team.
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles -- Oral Roberts captured its fourth straight Mid-Continent Conference title...Charleton Dechert won the league title at -2, 214 -- he was named the conference's MVP...Dechert and Greg Mason were first team all-conference picks, with Mason also earning Newcomer of the Year honors...this is the school's first postseason appearance.
Austin Peay State Governors -- Austin Peay rallied to win the Ohio Valley Conference Title, its fourth in the school history...sophomore Ryan Strickland was named to the OVC Team after finishing third at the league championship...Strickland had one tournament title for the season.
UC Irvine Anteaters -- The Anteaters won their first Big West Conference Title...Paul Smolinski was named the league's Coach of the Year...sophomore Jeff Coburn finished second at the league championships at -6, 210, earning first team all-conference recognition...Coburn has a pair of tournament titles this season.
Weber State Wildcats -- Weber State won the Big Sky Conference title...sophomore Blair Bingham placed second at the conference championships at even-par 216...junior Dustin Volk and senior J.R. Shears earned all-conference honors.
THE INDIVIDUALS: Six individuals have been selected to compete in the Regional:
Scott Carlyle (Hawaii) -- The sophomore finished in the top-20 in eight of 11 tournaments...posted a team-high of 11 rounds of par or better.Jeff Wood (UCSB) -- Wood won the Big West Conference title at -7, 209...the individual title was his second in the last three events...the senior was named the BWC Player of the Year.David Hearn (Wyoming) -- First Team All-Mountain West Conference...the senior is competing in his third consecutive Regional.John Mallinger (Long Beach State) -- John, a senior, earned First Team All-Big West Conference honors for the second straight year.Erik Bellinger(Denver) -- Erik won the Sun Belt Conference Title at -3, 213, including back-to-back rounds (2nd, 3rd), of 68...the junior was selected to the All-Sun Belt Conference Team.Ryan Hanratty (San Diego) -- The senior was a first team All-West Coast Conference selection...he is the first postseason competitor in men's golf in school history...two-time West Coast Conference Golfer of the Month selection.
RESULTS: Results from each round will be available at www.osubeavers.com, ncaachampionships.com, and Golfstat.com (includes live updates). Results will not be posted before 8:00 p.m. PDT. Results will also be faxed to the participating schools.