This Week In Pac-10 Men's Golf
April 20, 2005
The 46th Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships will take place April 25-27 at the Walla Walla Country Club (Par 71, 6,606 yards) in Walla Walla, Wash. Washington State will serve as is the Tournament host for the 72-hole Championship.
A practice round will take place on Sunday, April 24 before the Tournament begins on Monday morning. The opening two rounds are Monday, the third round is on Tuesday, and the final round is scheduled for Wednesday. The starting time for Monday is 7:00 a.m., Tuesday and Wednesday's starting times are set for 7:30 a.m.
Per a blind draw by Conference officials, the team pairings and order of play for the first round are as follows:
Group 1 (1st Tee - 7:00 a.m.): Arizona, Oregon
Group 2 (1st Tee - 7:48 a.m.): Arizona State, California
Group 3 (1st Tee - 8:36 a.m.): Washington State, USC
Group 4 (10th Tee - 7:20 a.m.): UCLA, Oregon State
Group 5 (10th Tee - 8:08 a.m.): Stanford, Washington
Each team is comprised of six golfers. The five individuals from each team with the low scores for any 18-hole round constitute the scoring members of the team for that given round. The team championship will be awarded to the squad with the lowest total combined score for all rounds.
As of April 18th, the Golfweek/Sagarin Index shows that five Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top-30, while nine teams are listed in the Top-100. USC is ranked No. 14, followed by UCLA at No. 16, Arizona State is ranked No. 17, Arizona at No. 24 and rounding out the Top-30 is Washington at No. 29. As for the rest of the Conference, Stanford is No. 50, Oregon State at No. 61, Oregon at No. 66, California checks in at No. 75 and Washington State at No. 105...Individually, Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares is ranked No. 36, Daniel Im of UCLA is ranked No. 46, USC's Ben Hayes is ranked No. 47 an Arizona's Henry Liaw is ranked No. 49.
Jason Krump is the media contact for the 2005 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships. All inquiries should be directed to him at 509.432.1828.
At the conclusion of each round, results will be available via the internet. Point your browser to the Pac-10 web site at www.pac-10.org, Washington State's web site at www.wsucougars.com, or the Golfstat web site at www.golfstat.com and click on live scoring.
ARIZONA enters the Pac-10 Championships as the defending Pac-10 Champion for the first time since 1992 and just the third time in school history. In its two previous efforts, the Wildcats finished second in 1988 and fourth in 1992. The Wildcat lineup will be anchored by sophomore Henry Liaw, the 2005 Pac-10 individual medalist and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Through 29 rounds of play this season, Liaw leads Arizona with a 71.69 stroke average and five top-10 finishes. He has eight rounds in the 60s this season and 16 of his 29 rounds played have been at par or better. In five spring events, senior Nathan Lashley carries a 72.27 stroke average. The Scottsbluff, Neb., product has posted top-four finishes in two of his last three appearances, while finishing under par in three of his last five tournaments played.
ARIZONA STATE won a Pac-10 record six straight titles from 1995-2000 and has won 11 overall. ASU's Alejandro Canizares, the 2003 NCAA Champion, has won three tournaments this year and six in his career. In his two previous appearances at the Pac-10 Championships, he has tied for second (2004) and tied for fourth (2003). The Sun Devils have won seven Pac-10 titles under head coach Randy Lein's 12 seasons. Arizona State has also won four individual titles under Lein, as Paul Casey (1998-2000) did it three times and Scott Johnson won the honor in 1997. Senior Pat Moore enters the Championships taking away top honors at the U.S. Intercollegiate April 16-17. He carded a two-under 208 to earn the one-stroke victory.
CALIFORNIA, the defending 2004 NCAA champion, has been paced by freshman Michael Jensen, who has been Cal's top finisher in the last three of four tournaments, including tying for eighth at The Western Intercollegiate on March 28-29. The Bears also feature returning All-American Jeff Hood, Cal's lone returner from the 2004 NCAA championship squad. Hood carries a 73.1 stroke average, while Jensen is right behind with a 73.8 average entering the tournament. The Bears took fifth at the Ashworth Invitational Feb. 28-March 1, the team's best finish of the spring season.
OREGON enters the tournament after finishing the regular season on a high note. The Ducks have played well as of late, placing fifth at the Oregon Duck Invitational, winning the Western Intercollegiate and tying for seventh at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational and the U.S. Intercollegiate. Oregon will look to make the NCAA Regionals this season as it missed the NCAA's a year ago for the first time in eight years. Sophomore Matt Ma leads the Ducks heading into the tournament. Ma has five top-11 finishes in seven events this season, including four straight. Junior Gregg LaVoie has had his best two tournaments of his career since his freshman campaign. He tied for 12th at the Western Intercollegiate and tied for third, which marked a career-best, at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.
OREGON STATE is led by sophomore Ryan Gilmour, who has three top-30 finishes, including a first-place finish at the Wolf Pack Classic Oct. 18-19. OSU finished the 2004 Pac-10 Championships in eighth place and was led by then-junior Brad Simpson who finished tied for 14th. Simpson is back for his senior season and cards a 74.3 stroke average. The Beavers have seven top-10 finishes this year, including two first-places finishes during the fall season.
STANFORD enters the Pac-10 Championships taking fifth-place honors at the U.S. Intercollegiate on April 16-17. The Cardinal have posted nine top-10 finishes this season, including four top-5 finishes. Stanford is led by freshman Rob Grube who cards a 72.3, which includes his most recent performance at the U.S. Intercollegiate where he tied for second place with a one-under par 209. Grube leads the Cardinal with four top-10 finishes in 11 events this season....
UCLA has won 18 tournament titles, including a conference championship and a pair of NCAA Regional crowns, under third-year head coach O.D. Vincent. The Bruins have won more tournaments during the last three years than any team in the conference. UCLA's Peter Campbell has two career tournament victories and freshman Daniel Im has one. Im was voted the Pac-10 Player of the Month in March for his victory at the Southern Highlands Collegiate and his second-place finish at the Western Intercollegiate. In five rounds in March, Im averaged 69.8. The Bruins enter the tournament coming off a fourth-place finish at the U.S. Intercollegiate, hosted by Stanford on April 16-17.
USC enters the Pac-10 Championships on a high note after winning the U.S. Intercollegiate on April 17. In three rounds of play, the Trojans shot a six-over 846 for their first victory of the 2005 season. USC was led by junior Taylor Wood who tied for second individually with a score of one-under 209. Last year at the Pac-10 Championship, the Trojans finished fifth and Ben Hayes, now a senior, led USC with an individual ninth-place finish.
WASHINGTON will be looking to qualify for the NCAA Championships this year for the seventh consecutive season. Only five other teams--Arizona, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State--have matched UW's current streak of six straight NCAA appearances. Washington has won three Pac-10 titles (1961, '63, '88) and Clint Names won the individual title in 1961. Current UCLA coach O.D. Vincent won the title in 1988 for UW. The Huskies won the Oregon Invitational this year to mark the fourth consecutive year the Huskies have placed first in that tournament under head coach Matt Thurmond. James Lepp currently leads the Huskies with a 71.85 scoring average, which also ranks as the fourth-best in UW history. He set the UW 54-hole scoring record this season when he shot 198 (18-under) at the Taylor Made Waikoloa Intercollegiate Feb. 9-11.
WASHINGTON STATE will serve as the host for the Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships next week. The Cougars' three-round total of 887 (+23) is their third-lowest three-round score this season, and their second-place finish at the Bite/Pacific Coast Intercollegiate April 4-5 is the best finish since winning the Inland Cup on Feb. 14. Junior David Fern captured his first career tournament victory on Feb. 14 at the Inland Cup at the Walla Walla Country Club. He has finished in the top-25 in seven-of-12 events this season, including four top-10 finishes.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
The NCAA West Regional Tournament will be held at Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif., May 19-21 (Stanford University, host). The NCAA Championships will be held at Caves Valley Golf Course in Baltimore, Md., June 1-4 (Caves Valley/Loyola College, hosts).