Cougars Tee Off At NCAA West Regional
May 14, 2002
On The Tee This Week:
At NCAA West Regional
The Championship Course
Par 72, 7,368 yards
Albuquerque Bound: For the first time in the program's history, the Washington State men's golf team will participate in NCAA postseason play when it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., for the NCAA West Regional, May 16-18, at the par 72, 7,368 yard University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course. The Cougars were selected as the region's 14th seed in the field of 27 for the 54-hole tournament. The top 10 teams in the region will advance to the national championships, May 29-June 1, at Ohio State University's Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.As the 14th seed, the Cougars will tee off at 12:45 p.m. (Mountain Time), May 16. WSU will be paired with 13th seed UCLA and 15th seed and Big West Conference champion UC-Irvine.
Live Scoring: Live web scoring will be utilized throughout the event. Results can be accessed at www.golfstat.com
Pac-10 Well Represented In Regional Field: The Cougars are one of nine teams from the Pac-10 to advance to the West Region. USC earned the region's top seed while Washington (No. 5), Arizona (No. 9), Oregon (No. 11), UCLA (No. 13), Stanford (No. 18), Arizona State (No. 19) and California (No. 21) will also make the trek to New Mexico. Oregon State was the only team shut out of a team bid but David Yarnes did earn an individual selection for the Beavers ensuring that all 10 conference teams will be represented.
Although seeded in the middle of the field, the Cougars did defeat seven teams that are positioned ahead of them (Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, Pepperdine, San Diego State, UCLA and Washington) at least once during the 2001-02 season.
In The Rankings: The Cougars are No. 24 in the Golfstat rankings and 27th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. The Cougars boast two players ranked within the nation's top-50 in the Golfstat Cup rankings. Junior Dustin White enters the NCAA West Regional ranked 42nd while senior Jon Reehoorn is 50th.
Heading The Nation's Leaderboard: The Cougars lead the nation in fairways hit (.761) and greens in regulation (.689), according to May 9 Golfstat rankings. In addition, WSU is third in total short game (.586), fourth in par 4 scoring (4.12), eighth in par 5 scoring (4.74) and 10th in putts on greens in regulation (1.855).
Individually, Reehoorn is fourth in total short game (.671), while White is seventh in the nation in par 5 scoring (4.60).
Pinnacle Of Success: In the 13 tournaments the Cougars have competed in during the 2001-02 season, WSU has finished in the top-five in 11 with the exceptions being a sixth place finish at the Pacific Invitational, Oct. 23 and an eighth place finish at the conference championships, April 27.
The 18-stroke win at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, March 5 marked the Cougars third tournament victory of the 2001-02 season, and their second consecutive triumph of the spring campaign. WSU began the spring schedule with a victory at the Inland Collegiate Challenge, Feb. 18, marking the fourth consecutive victory by the Cougars in that tournament.
WSU commenced the spring schedule picking up right where it left off from the fall season. The Cougars did not finish lower than sixth in any of the six tournaments the team competed in over the fall schedule. WSU secured a victory at the Vandal Fall Invitational, Sept. 25, and finished second at the Northwest Classic, Sept. 11 and the Husky Invitational, Oct. 2. In addition, the team finished third at the Wolf Pack Classic, Oct. 9.
Reehoorn Captures Duck Invite: Senior Jon Reehoorn captured individual medalist honors by firing a final-round 67, helping the Cougars to a second-place finish at the Oregon Duck Invitational, March 26.
Reehoorn, who was one stroke off the lead after the first day of the event, went five under par in the final round to take a two-shot victory over Scott Gordon of UC Davis. It was Reehoorn's first individual win since the Inland Collegiate Challenge in March of 1999.
'Jon played awesome,' WSU Head Coach Walt Williams said. 'He was in third place entering today and really turned in a good performance going 10-under for the tournament.'
Reehoorn was the third Cougar to win a tournament this year. Dustin White captured the Coastal Carolina Invitational earlier this month, while sophomore Isaac Woods won the Inland Collegiate Challenge to begin the spring season.
Reehoorn holds the school record in career top-10 finishes (14) and career top-25 efforts (28). In addition, with 12 top-25 efforts this season, Reehoorn has established a school mark in that category.
White Hot: Dustin White's victory at South Carolina, March 5, shot the junior up the Golfstat Cup standings as well as earning the Pueblo West, Colo., native national recognition. White earned 'College Player of the Week' honors by Golfworld for the March 15 issue.Coming into the Coastal Carolina Invitational White was 47th in the Golfstat rankings but vaulted to 13th position after his victory.
In recording his first career win, White bested a field that featured six golfers ranked in the top 50 in that week's Golfstat poll. At one point in the spring season, White recorded five consecutive top-12 finishes.
With eight top-10 finishes this season, White has established a school record for single-season top-10 efforts.
Aces In Nevada: In the morning's opening round of the University of Nevada Wolf Pack Classic, Oct. 9, WSU recorded a score of 270, shattering the previous single round team scoring record of 276 set in 1998 and 2001. In that record opening round in Nevada, all five Cougars - Jon Reehoorn (66), Dustin White (67), Ryan Camp (68), Isaac Woods (69), and Jeremy Taylor (69) - posted scores in the 60's.
42. Dustin White
50. Jon Reehoorn
Total Short Game (As of 5/9):
4. Jon Reehoorn .671
Par 5 Scoring (As of 5/9):
7. Dustin White 4.60
24. Washington State
27. Washington State
Golfstat Statistic Rankings (As of 5/9):
1. Washington State .761
Greens In Regulation
1. Washington State .689
Total Short Game:
3. Washington State .586
Par 4 Scoring:
4. Washington State 4.12
Par 5 Scoring:
8. Washington State 4.74
Putts On Greens In Regulation:
10. Washington State 1.855