Men's Golfers Open Regional Play
May 18, 2005
The 27th-ranked Washington men's golf team is the No. 10 seed at the NCAA West Regional Championship that takes place May 19-21 at the Stanford Golf Course. A field of 27 teams will compete for one of 10 spots to advance to the NCAA Championships. The Huskies are looking to advance out of regional play for the seventh consecutive year. The top 10 teams and top two individuals from each of the three regional sites will advance to the NCAA Championships June 1-4 at Caves Valley Golf Course in Baltimore.
The NCAA West Regional Championship is a 54-hole format on the par-70, 6,742-yard Stanford Golf Course. The teams will play 18 holes each day for a total of 54. A daily team score is computed by totaling the lowest scores of four of the five members. The final team score is determined by totaling each daily score. Tee times will begin at 7:12 a.m. from the first and 10th tees on Thursday. Friday's tee times begin at 7:12 a.m. on the 10th tee and at 7:30 a.m. on the first tee. Saturday's tee times begin at 7:12 a.m. from the first tee and 7:30 a.m. from the 10th.
Results and Live Stats
Live scoring for the NCAA West Regional will be available at www.golfstat.com.
Washington coach Matt Thurmond's lineup for the NCAA West Regional Championship is: freshman Zach Bixler (Richmond, WA), junior James Lepp (Abbotsford, BC), sophomore Erik Olson (Renton, WA), freshman Joe Panzeri (Boise, ID) and sophomore Alex Prugh (Spokane, WA).
Keeping the Streak Alive
Washington is looking to advance to the NCAA Championships for the seventh straight season. Since the Huskies began their current streak of six consecutive NCAA Championship appearances, only five other teams have accomplished that feat. Arizona, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State are the only other programs to have qualified the last six years in a row.
Busy Week for Thurmond
UW coach Matt Thurmond has already had an eventful week. On Tuesday morning his wife, Katherine, gave birth to their second daughter, Emily. They have a two-year-old, Elizabeth
Washington received the Pac-10 Conference's automatic berth to this year's NCAA Regional after winning the school's first conference title since 1988. Husky sophomore Erik Olson took medalist honors to become UW's first individual champion since 1988. Washington pulled off one of the greatest rallies in the history of collegiate golf to claim the title. The Huskies found themselves in last place after the opening round of the 72-hole tournament. Entering the final round, UW had moved up to fifth place on the leaderboard, but still trailed tournament-leading Arizona State by 17 strokes. Washington shot 350 (six-man format) during the final round to tie the Sun Devils and were declared champions by virtue of the league's tiebreaker. Olson picked up his first collegiate victory by shooting 70, 69, 68, 69 for an 8-under 276. He was the only player in the field to shoot under par each day.
Husky coach Matt Thurmond was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year after leading UW to its first conference title since 1988. In addition to winning the Pac-10 Championship, the Huskies won the Oregon Duck Invitational and posted top three finishes in the Duke Classic and Opus Northwest Husky Invitational. Thurmond, in his fourth season at Washington, has led the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament every year and has finished in the top 12 each time. He is the fifth UW coach to earn Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors this year. That list includes Jim McLaughlin (volleyball), Dean Wurzberger (men's soccer), Matt Anger (men's tennis) and Lorenzo Romar (men's basketball).
Junior James Lepp and sophomore Erik Olson were named first-team All-Pac-10 selections in 2005. They were joined on the team by sophomore Alex Prugh, a second-team pick, and freshman Zach Bixler, who was named an honorable mention selection.
Washington junior golfer James Lepp has been named The Royal Canadian Golf Association's (RCGA) top male amateur golfer for 2004. A native of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Lepp earned the award for the second straight year. The 21 year-old Lepp captured back-to-back Canadian Junior titles in 2001 and 2002 and won the B.C. Amateur Championship an impressive three years in a row (2002- 2004). The RCGA's National Order of Merit was established in 1999 to recognize the achievements of Canada's top amateur golfers. Lepp totaled 957.5 points in the National Order of Merit standings. The next closest golfer had just 700 points.
Getting a Little Sideways
For all of his achievements on the links this season, Husky junior James Lepp has received the most attention for his play on the silver screen. Footage of Lepp playing in a Canadian summer event is included in the hit movie Sideways. Lepp is shown putting with the television announcer providing a call of the action. The footage was provided to the movie's production company by The Golf Channel, which televised the tournament. Lepp had no knowledge he appeared in the film until his friends brought it to his attention.
Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, California
Hosted by Stanford University
Teams (seeded in the following order): 1. UNLV2. New Mexico (Mountain West)3. Auburn4. Arizona State5. UCLA6. Arizona7. Brigham Young8. South Carolina9. Southern California10. Washington (Pac-10)11. LSU12. Pepperdine (West Coast)13. San Diego State14. UC Riverside (Big West)15. St. Mary's (California)16. Stanford17. Texas-Arlington (Southland)18. Colorado State19. Cal Poly20. Fresno State21. Oregon22. Denver23. South Alabama (Sun Belt)24. Illinois State (Missouri Valley)25. Samford (Ohio Valley)26. Princeton (Ivy)27. Central Connecticut State (Northeast)
Individuals: 1. Jeff Hood, California2. Garrett Sapp, UC Irvine3. David Kim, San Jose State4. Kenny Ebalo, Southern Utah5. Danny Bowen, New Mexico State6. Tyler Goulding, Air Force