Washington to Host 2008 NCAA Men's Golf West Regional

Aug. 15, 2006

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The NCAA Division I Men's Golf Committee announced that the University of Washington will serve as host to the 2008 NCAA Men's Golf West Regional. The tournament will be held May 15-17, 2008, at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton.

'I am very appreciative of our athletic department's enthusiasm for hosting so many NCAA Championships,' Washington men's golf head coach Matt Thurmond said. 'Hosting the 2008 West Regional will give us a home course and hometown advantage in an event that defines our season.'

The Gold Mountain Golf Club has hosted many top events in amateur golf, recently serving as the host for the 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. It has also witnessed numerous U.S. Open qualifying events, the PGA Pacific Northwest Sectional and the Washington State Amateur. It will host the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier and the Washington State Amateur next year. Golfweek Magazine rated Gold Mountain as the best public course in Washington from 2002-2005.

'Gold Mountain has always gone above and beyond for the Huskies, doing anything possible to help our golf program,' Thurmond said. 'To be able to host this event at such an amazing facility like Gold Mountain gets me and my team pretty fired up.'

The Huskies will host a pair of tournaments during the 2006-07 season as well. The Opus NW Husky Invitational will take place at the Washington National Golf Course in Auburn, Wash., Sept. 25-26, 2006. The Washington National Winter Championship will be held Mar. 5-6, 2007, at Washington National.

Washington has played host to numerous events through the years, last hosting the West Regional in 2003 at Washington National. UW will also host the 2007 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship this season.

'This is a prestigious event for our community to host,' Thurmond said. 'Many of the best collegiate players, some of whom will go on to win PGA Tour events, will be competing in the event. I hope people will choose to come out and enjoy some great play by the Huskies and the rest of the teams.'

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