Men's Golf Places 16th at Western Regionals

May 19, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The California men's golf team shot its best round of the Western Regionals on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to qualify the Golden Bears for the NCAA Championships. Cal finished in 16th place after shooting a three-round score of 899 (302-302-295).

The No. 6 Arizona State Sun Devils concluded their wire-to-wire run Saturday to capture the NCAA West Regional Men's Golf Championships at the Trysting Tree Golf Club. Arizona State finished at 12-under-par 852, 15 shots better than second place Arizona.

The top 10 teams qualified for the NCAA Championships to be played May 30-June 2 in Durham, N.C. The Arizona schools were joined by UC Irvine, University of The Pacific, South Carolina, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, Wake Forest, and Washington. UC Irvine and Pacific were the surprise teams of the Regional, finishing third and fourth respectively, after entering the event seeded 21st and 22nd.

Kyle Thompson of South Carolina and Matt Jones of ASU shared medalist honors, finishing at 8-under 208. Thompson shot a final round 2-under 70, while Jones carded a 73. A total of 11 players finished under par for the tournament. The best score of the final round was a 68 turned in by Troy McKinley of Pacific, he finished tied for 15th at 218.

For the Bears, senior Dong Yi led the Bears with a 6-over-par 222 and finished tied for 34th place individually.

In addition to the 10 teams, Nick Watney of Fresno State and Charleton Dechert of Oral Roberts will represent their schools in North Carolina as the top two individuals from teams that did not qualify. Watney tied for fourth at 3-under 213, while Dechert tied for sixth at 2-under 214.

Team Results Final Round   1 Arizona State U.               -12         F         292   2 Arizona, U. of                  +3         F         289   3 UC-Irvine                       +7         F         294   4 Pacific, U. of the              +8         F         281   5 South Carolina                 +16         F         288   6 Oregon State U.                +17         F         290   6 UCLA                           +17         F         294   6 Stanford University            +17         F         294   9 Wake Forest Univ.              +18         F         292  10 Washington, U. of              +19         F         292  11 UNLV                           +22         F         292  12 Southern California            +23         F         289  12 San Diego State U.             +23         F         293  14 Pepperdine Univ.               +26         F         298  15 Fresno State Univ.             +32         F         297  16 California, U. of              +35         F         295   17 Colorado State Univ.           +37         F         304  18 Oregon, U. of                  +38         F         306  19 New Mexico, U. of              +40         F         300  19 Brigham Young Univ.            +40         F         301  21 Tennessee, Univ. of            +50         F         301  22 Nevada, Univ. of               +51         F         306  23 Austin Peay State U.           +56         F         315  24 Detroit Mercy, U. of           +70         F         313  25 Navy                           +71         F         314  26 Oral Roberts Univ.             +73         F         316  27 Weber State Univ.              +79         F         317

California Individuals T34 Dong Yi 73-76-73-222 +6 T85 Peter Tomasulo 78-77-73-228 +12 T96 J.R. Ruda 73-76-81-230 +14 T101 Lance Torrey 78-79-74-231 +15 T112 Walter Chun 85-73-75-233 +17

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