Men's Golf Team Competes In NCAA West Regionals Thursday-Saturday
May 13, 2002
ASU COMPETES IN 27-TEAM NCAA WEST REGIONAL: The Arizona State men's golf team competes May 16-18 (Thursday-Saturday) in the 54-hole NCAA West Regional held at the University of New Mexico's Championship Course (par-72, 7,368 yards). The 27 schools will play 18 holes each day with the top 10 advancing to the NCAA Championships, hosted by Ohio State, May 29-June 1 in Columbus, Ohio. ASU is the defending West Regional champion, as it won the 2001 title by 15 strokes over Arizona on May 17-19 at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis, Ore., but only sophomore Chez Reavie returns from that squad.
ASU is striving to make its 19th straight trip to the NCAA Championships, the third-best active streak in the nation. Only four schools have made at least 15 straight trips to the NCAA Championships: Oklahoma State (55), Clemson (20), Arizona State (18) and Arizona (15).
The defending NCAA West Regional champion Sun Devils have won or tied for the title in three of the past four seasons. ASU has won or tied for the West Regional title on five occasions in the 13 years of Regional play, as it won outright titles in 2001, 1999 and 1995 and tied for the title in 1998 and 1991.
ASU has finished in the top five at the NCAAs in five of the past seven years and has won the Pac-10 title six of the past eight years. The Sun Devils also won national championships in 1990 and 1996. ASU is led by 10th-year head coach Randy Lein, the 1996 National Coach of the Year and a seven-time winner of Pac-10 Coach of the Year (five times at ASU and twice at USC).
ASU NCAA West Regional Lineup (Tourn.-Rds.-Avg.)
Chez Reavie--5-7/So./Mesa, Ariz.--5-16-73.06--2001 U.S. Public Links Champion
Brady Stockton--6-3/Jr./San Ramon, Calif.--10-30-74.17
Ben Flam--5-10/So./Phoenix, Ariz.--6-19-73.95
Pat Moore--6-1/Fr./Phoenix, Ariz.--8-25-74.68
Jesse Mueller--5-8/Fr./Mesa, Ariz.--10-31-75.58--2001 Arizona Amateur Champion
REGIONAL STREAK: According to the NCAA Spring Championship Records Book, ASU is one of just six schools that has competed in the NCAA Regionals all 14 years it has existed (including 2002). ASU is joined by Arizona, Clemson, UNLV, North Carolina and Oklahoma State. NCAA Regional play began in 1989 and ASU has finished outside the top five just once, when it tied for sixth in 2000.
ASU HEAD COACH RANDY LEIN: Randy Lein has coached 56 tournament victories in his 20 seasons, tutored 43 All-Americans and added the top accolade in collegiate golf in 1995-96 - the NCAA title - to his collection of honors as the Sun Devils won the title in Chattanooga, Tenn., with a three-stroke victory over UNLV at the Honors Course. In his 10th season as ASU's coach, Lein has guided ASU to 33 tournament victories (including a school record six in 1995-96), seven Pac-10 titles, four NCAA West Regional wins (three of the past four) and eight top-10 finishes at the NCAAs including the 1996 title. In addition, Lein has tutored NCAA medalist Todd Demsey and 11 All-Americans (23 occasions): Todd Demsey (3), Chris Hanell (3), Paul Casey (3), Cade Stone, Chris Stutts, Joey Snyder (2), Scott Johnson (2), Darren Angel (2), Paul Casey (3), Jeff Quinney (3), Matt Jones and Chez Reavie (1). He has won Pac-10 Coach-of-the-Year five times (1993, 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2000) while at ASU and twice at USC (1980 and 1986). Lein (pronounced 'Line') is a 1975 graduate of Cal State Northridge.
TOPS OF THE PAC: ASU head coach Randy Lein has led ASU to seven Pac-10 titles in his 10 seasons. ASU won titles in 1993, Lein's first year, and then won six straight from 1995-2000. Since joining the Pac-10 in the 1978-79 school year, ASU has finished out of the top five just twice in 24 championships.
ASU IN THE WEST REGIONALS: ASU has won or tied for the title in the NCAA West Regional five times, as it has won the event in three of the past four seasons.NCAA West Regional Champions
Year Champ ASU Finish Individual Champion 1989 Arizona 2nd Robert Gamez (Arizona) 1990 UNLV 3rd* Hub Goyen (UNLV) 1991 ASU/UA T-1st *Warren Schutte (UNLV) 1992 Arizona* 2nd Harry Rudolph (Arizona) 1993 Arizona 2nd Manny Zerman (Arizona) 1994 UNLV 2nd Edward Fryatt (UNLV) 1995 ASU 1st Mike Sauer (New Mexico) 1996 Stanford 2nd* *Tiger Woods (Stanford) 1997 UNLV 2nd Aaron Oberholser (SJ St.) 1998 ASU/UNM T-1st Paul Casey (ASU) 1999 ASU 1st Jeff Quinney (ASU) 2000 Arizona T-6th Michael Beard (Pepperdine) 2001 ASU 1st Matt Jones (ASU) Kyle Thompson (South Carolina)
*Eventual NCAA Champion
LIST OF TEAMS: The following teams have been selected to play in the 2002 NCAA Men's Golf West Regional May 16-18 at the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course. The top 10 teams and the top two individuals not on those teams in the NCAA West Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships. Similar formats will be held May 16-18 at two other regional sites around the country: Georgia Tech (East Regional), Arkansas-Little Rock (South Regional). They are listed according to seed, from highest to lowest (No. 1 to No. 27):
Teams: 1. USC; 2. Texas; 3. Minnesota; 4. Fresno State; 5. Washington; 6. New Mexico; 7. Pepperdine; 8. San Diego State; 9. Arizona; 10. Nevada; 11. Oregon; 12. Ohio State; 13. UCLA; 14. Washington State; 15. UC Irvine; 16. Pacific; 17. UNLV; 18. Stanford; 19. Arizona State; 20. Texas Tech; 21. California; 22. Brigham Young; 23. Colorado State; 24. Illinois State; 25. Detroit; 26. Indiana/Purdue-Indianapolis; 27. Central Connecticut State
Individuals: Chris Baryla, UTEP; Ben Leestma, Air Force; David Yarnes, Oregon State; Brandon Hillpot, UC Riverside; Mike Urbatchka, Wyoming; Erik Billinger, Denver
2002 NCAA MEN'S GOLF WEST REGIONALDate: May 16-18, 2002Course: The Championship Course atthe University of New Mexico(par-72, 7,368 yards)Practice Round: Wednesday, May 15, 8 a.m. (MDT)Tee times: First group starts at 7:12 a.m. (MDT)each day, final groups start between 1:12 and 1:21 p.m. (MDT) each day.
TOURNAMENT DATE (SITE) RESULT/NOTESTucker Intercollegiate 9/21-22 (Albuquerque, N.M.) ASU-11th/Brian Nosler T-6NCAA Ping Preview 9/28-30 (Columbus, Ohio) ASU 14th/Pat Moore T-37Jerry Pate Invitational 10/15-16 (Birmingham, Ala.) ASU 11th/Tyler Erickson T-23Long Cove Invitational 11/7-11 (Hilton Head, S.C.) ASU T-6th/Tyler Erickson T-20Taylor Made Intercoll. 2/12-16 (Waikoloa, Hawaii) ASU 7th/Chez Reavie T-4USC/Southwestern Inv. 3/4-5 (Westlake Village, Calif.) ASU 11th/Brady Stockton T-9UNLV Rebel Classic 3/8-10 (Las Vegas, Nev.) ASU 12th/Chez Reavie T-5U.S. Collegiate Champ. 4/5-7 (Tucson, Ariz.) ASU 6th/Reavie, Flam T-10ASU Thunderbird/SAVANE Invitational 4/12-13 (Tempe, Ariz.) ASU 2nd/Pat Moore T-4Pac-10 Championships 4/25-27 (Corvallis, Ore.) ASU 9th/Brady Stockton T-17NCAA West Regionals 5/16-18 (Albuquerque, N.M.) ASU defending champsNCAA Championships 5/29-6/1 (Columbus, Ohio) ASU champs in '90 and '96