Husky Golfers Travel to Match Play Championships
Nov. 6, 2002
Seattle - The Washington men's golf team completes the fall portion of its schedule this weekend at the inaugural Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship at Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The tournament will take place Nov. 8-10 on the Dye Course at Barefoot Resort. The tournament includes the top 16 teams from last year's NCAA Championships competing in a modified double elimination tournament.
Washington, seeded seventh, will meet seven seed Florida during Friday's first round. The winner will challenge either number-two seed Augusta State or 15th-seeded Colorado in the second round.
'This is a great opportunity for our team and the players are excited to participate in the match-play format,' says second-year Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'The field is tremendous. It is a Who's Who of college golf. This will be the highlight of our fall.'
Clemson is the top seed in the field that also includes Arizona (5), Georgia Tech (11), Minnesota (4), North Carolina State (13), Oklahoma State (8), Pepperdine (12), Purdue, TCU (6), Texas (3), Toledo (9) and Tulsa (14). The field for the event has combined to win 19 national championships, including the last three (Oklahoma State, 2000; Florida, 2001; Minnesota, 2002).
The first round pairings are: (1) Clemson vs. (16) Purdue; (2) Augusta State vs. (15) Colorado; (3) Texas vs. (14) Tulsa; (4) Minnesota vs. (13) NC State; (5) Arizona vs. (12) Pepperdine; (6) TCU vs. (11) Georgia Tech; (7) Florida vs. (10) Washington; (8) Oklahoma State vs. (9) Toledo.
'The tournament seeding committee did an excellent job balancing the brackets and creating compelling first round match-ups,' said Golf Coaches Association of America Executive Director Gregg Grost. 'Consideration was given to head-to-head fall results from this season, various national rankings and strength of schedules.'
Players expected to compete in the national match play tournament include U.S. Amateur Champion Ricky Barnes of Arizona, Ben Hogan Award and Jack Nicklaus Award winner D.J. Trahan of Clemson, NCAA Medalist Troy Matteson of Georgia Tech, Big 12 Player of the Year and U.S. Amateur runner-up Hunter Mahan of Oklahoma State, SEC Player of the Year Camilo Villegas of Florida, MAC Golfer of the Year Brad Heaven of Toledo, Independent Golfer of the Year Oliver Wilson of Augusta State, five participants in the 2002 Palmer Cup, the three members of the 2002 U.S. World Amateur team and a total of 20 PING All-Americans.
The 2002 tournament has been granted exempted contest status by the NCAA. As a result, participating institutions are not required to count the dates of competition in their 24 dates of regular-season competition. North Carolina State is serving as the host school for this year's event.
Live scoring for the event will be available through Golfstat at www.golfstatlive.com