Men's Golf Competes At 2003 NCAA West Regional

May 13, 2003

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Men's Golf Travel To Washington For Postseason Play: The Stanford men's golf team heads north for the 2003 NCAA West Regional, held May 15-17, in Auburn, Washington, at the Washington National Golf Club (7,183 yards, par 72). A total of 27 teams and six individuals from across the country have qualified for the tournament. The practice round and tournament competition are free to the public.

The low 10 teams and low two individuals (not on a qualifying team) from each of the three NCAA regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla., May 27-30, at Karsten Creek.

The Field: In order of seeding, the field includes: 1. UCLA, 2. UNLV, 3. Arizona, 4. Georgia, 5. Arizona, 6. Washington, 7. New Mexico, 8. USC, 9. Pepperdine, 10. San Diego State, 11. California, 12. Fresno State, 13. UC Irvine, 14. Brigham Young, 15. Colorado State, 16. UTEP, 17. Denver, 18. Oregon, 19. Austin Peay, 20. Stanford, 21. Oregon State, 22. Old Dominion, 23. Xavier, 24. Oral Roberts, 25. Navy, 26. Central Connecticut State, 27. Loyola. Individuals qualifiers are Matt Hansen (Pacific), Brendan Steele, (CS Riverside), Travis Bertoni (Cal Poly), Issac Weintraub (San Jose State), Pete Sisich (CS Northridge) adn Graham DeLaet (Boise State).

Format: Fifty-four holes of stroke play golf over three days of competition will decide the team and individual champion. The tournament features 18 holes of play on each day starting at 7:12 a.m. PT. The final group tees off at 1:21 p.m. Participants will play in threesomes during the competition. Teams participating in the NCAA regionals will consist of a maximum of five players with four scores counting each day toward the team total. First and second round pairings are determined by seeding. The final round pairings will be determined by team scores.

Cardinal Tee Times: Stanford golfers will begin teeing off from the 10th tee at 7:12 a.m. on Thursday, May 15 and 11:51 a.m. from the first tee on Friday, May 16.

Results: Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com. Results will also be available on Washington's official athletic website www.gohuskies.com.

Competing For The Cardinal: The following five golfers will compete at the NCAA West Regional for Stanford: Jim Seki, Kevin Blue, George Downing, Ron Won and Blake Mastalir.

Last Year At West Regionals: Washington and New Mexico tied for the team championship at the 2002 NCAA West Regional in Albuquerque, N.M. Stanford finished 17th overall with an 891 (303-297-291). Blake Mastalir tied for 44th (76-73-73--222) while Ron Won tied for 51st (76-77-70--223). Jim Seki tied for 72nd (77-73-76--226) and Kevin Blue tied for 121st (78-75-81--234). Arizona's Ricky Barnes and Minnesota's Justin Smith tied for top individual medalist honors with a 210.

Last Time Out: The Stanford men's golf team finished fourth at the Pac-10 Championships with a four-round score of 1478 (365-368-376-369). Senior Jim Seki tied for second individually with a 286 and Ron Won placed 20th (298). Kevin Blue tied for 23rd (300) while teammate George Downing tied for 32nd (303). Blake Mastalir tied for 37th (304).

Pac-10 Well Represented: Nine of the 10 Pac-10 schools earned bids to the NCAA West Regional.

Noting The Cardinal: Stanford has finished in the top 10 in its last three tournaments and five of the last six ... Senior Jim Seki has six top-10 finishes this season, including two runner-up finishes at the Windon Memorial Classic and Pac-10 Championships ... Senior Ron Won has tallied six top-25 finishes in 2002-03.

Seki Tabbed To All-Conference Team: Stanford's Jim Seki (Honolulu, HI) was honored as a second-team selection on this year's all-conference team after posting six top 10 individual finishes as well as two top 25 in 10 tournaments this season. Seki recently tied for second at the Pac-10 Championships in Glendale, Calif. as well.

Head Coach Jeff Mitchell: A former professional golfer on the PGA Tour and director of golf at Texas Tech, Jeff Mitchell begins his third year as the head men's golf coach at Stanford. Prior to coming to The Farm, Mitchell spent 10 years as the head women's golf coach at Texas Tech, an in 1998, he became the golf director for both the men's and women's programs. A 1989 graduate of Texas Tech, Mitchell earned a degree in physical education and his teaching certification in 1990. He was named District Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1996 and the Southwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1996. For nine years (1976-84), Mitchell was on the PGA Tour, playing in an average of 30 tournaments a year. He won the Phoenix Open in 1980 and had a dozen top-10 finishes as well as making 111 career cuts.

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