2007 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship
April 17, 2007
WHAT: The 48th Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships.
WHEN: Monday through Wednesday, April 23-25, 2007.
HOST: Oregon will serve as the tournament host for the 72-hole Championship.
WHERE: Eugene Country Club, Eugene, Ore.
Eugene Country Club, Eugene, Ore.
Par 72, 6,854 Yards
WHO: Men's golf teams from all 10 institutions will compete for bragging rights at the 2007 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship.
ADMISSION: Admission to the 2007 Pacific-10 Men's Golf Championship is free.
RANKINGS: As of April 16th, the Golfweek/Sagrain Index shows that five teams are ranked in the Top-25 ... STANFORD is ranked No. 2, followed by USC at No. 6, UCLA is ranked No. 7, ARIZONA STATE at No. 19 and rounding out the Top-25 is ARIZONA at No. 22 ... As for the rest of the Conferences, WASHINGTON is No. 35, CALIFORNIA is No. 55, OREGON is No. 58, followed by OREGON STATE at No. 60 and WASHINGTON STATE at No. 103 ... Individually, Niklas Lemke of Arizona State is ranked No. 4, USC's Jamie Lovemark is ranked No. 5, Rob Grube of Stanford is ranked No. 15, UCLA's Kevin Chappell at No. 16, Stanford's Matthew Savage is No. 18, folowed by teammates Zach Miller at No. 20 and Joseph Bramlett at No. 21, UCLA's Lucas Lee sits at No. 24, Arizona's Brian Prouty is No. 33, while Arizona State's Benjamin Alvarado rounds out players in the national Top-50 at No. 35.
SCHEDULE: A practice round will take place on Sunday, April 22 before the tournament beings 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 times for each day of competition is 8 a.m.
TEAM PAIRINGS: The team pairings and order of play for the first round are as follows:
Group 1 (1st Tee - 8 a.m.):
Stanford, USC, UCLA
Group 2 (1st Tee - 9 a.m.):
Arizona State, Arizona, Washington
Group 3 (10th Tee - 8:30 a.m.):
California, Oregon State, Oregon, Washington State
TOURNAMENT SCORING: The five individuals from each team with the lowest 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.
MEDIA CONTACT: Oregon's Greg Walker will serve as the media contact for the 2007 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships. All inquiries should be directed to him at email@example.com, or at (541) 346-5488.
TOURNAMENT RESULTS: At the conclusion of each round, results will posted on the Pac-10 web site (www.pac-10.org) , as well as on Oregon's web site (www.goducks.com), or point your browser to the Golfstat web site at www.golfstat.com and click on live scoring.
The UCLA Bruins won their fifth Pac-10 title, shooting an even 1420. UCLA led all four rounds, and opened the final day with a six-shot lead, and it never dipped below that mark. 2005 Conference champion WASHINGTON placed second, while ARIZONA STATE finished third.
UCLA sophomore Daniel Im staved off Arizona State junior Niklas Lemke for the individual title, winning with a 277 to Lemke's 278. In all of UCLA's five Pac-10 titles, the Bruins featured the individual leader as well. Washington's Erik Olson, the 2005 Pac-10 champion, playing with Im in the final pairing, finished third at 281 (-3) after a final-round 70. USC's Tyler Ley and Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares tied for fourth at 282 (-2).
Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares and STANFORD's Rob Grube were named Pac-10 Co-Golfers of the Year, while UCLA's Erik Flores was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. UCLA head coach O.D. Vincent was named the 2006 Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
OCTOBER -ARIZONA STATE's Niklas Lemke won the championship against a very strong field at the Fighting Illini Classic. He carded rounds of 72-73-66 for a 1-over 211 at Olympia Fields. Lemke also was named Golfweek National Player of the Week following his win at Olympia Fields.
NOVEMBER - STANFORD's Zack Miller won two tournaments and in the process led Stanford to two team titles during the period. Miller made six birdies over the final nine holes and shot a final-round 69 for a nine-under 207 to claim medalist honors at The Prestige at PGA West. Two weeks later, Miller tied with teammate Rob Grube for top medalist honors at the CordeValle Collegiate, helping Stanford a a 14-stroke win. Miller fired a course-record 63 in the second round and finished the tournament at 14-under 202.
FEBRUARY - ARIZONA's Brian Prouty returned from wrist surgery to win in his season debut in the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate. Prouty fired a three-round total of 14-under par 199, which included a career-low 62 (-9) in the opening round. That marked a tournament record and was a competitive course record at Arizona National Golf Club. In his second tournament of the month, Prouty finished tied for fourth in the John Burns Intercollegiate with a nine-under score of 208. For the month, four of his six rounds were in the 60s and five of six were at par or better, as he had a 67.83 stroke average. Prouty currently is the top-ranked Pac-10 golfer in the Golfstat rankings.
MARCH - USC's Rory Hie posted a win and two other top 12 finishes in tournament play in March. Hie fired a five under par score of 69-68-71--208 to win the USC Collegiate Invitational by two strokes. He followed that up with a tie for sixth at the General Jim Hackler Championship with a score of four under par at the TPC of Myrtle Beach course, and ended the month with a tie for 12th at the Oregon Duck Invitational, helping the Trojans to the team title in that event.
The Arizona men's golf team has five Top 5 finishes in seven tournaments this spring, including four top-three efforts ... The Wildcats feature a balanced lineup, as each of its top six golfers has multiple top-20 finishes this season and the group has combined for 10 Top-10 finishes to date ... Leading the way for Arizona is senior Brian Prouty. Prouty has a 71.81 stroke average in seven events this spring and has collected three Top-10 finishes ... Earlier this season, Prouty was the nation's top-ranked golfer in the Sagarin/Golfweek Performance Index ratings ... Since returning to the lineup in January following wrist surgery, Prouty has won one tournament and posted six competitive rounds in the 60s.
ARIZONA STATE has won 11 Pac-10 titles in its 28 years, including a league-record six straight from 1995-2000 ... The Sun Devils won the 2007 National Invitational Tournament in Tucson April 2-3 ... Senior All-American Niklas Lemke just moved up to No. 1 in the Golfstat Cup for the nation's lowest adjusted scoring average with a 70.04. ASU's last and only other recipient was Chris Hanell in 1997 with a 71.44 average... Lemke has posted a 70.03 stroke average through nine tournaments this year, the fourth-best stroke average in Sun Devil history. He has seven top-five finishes on the year and won the 2006 Illini Invitational in the fall and the 2007 National Invitational at the beginning of April ... Sophomore Benjamin Alvarado Holley has four Top-10 appearances on the year.
The young California Golden Bears enter the Pac-10 Championship with just one senior on the roster and could have as many as three freshmen in action in Eugene ... Junior Michael Jensen has stepped up this spring to lead the Golden Bears, pacing the team in three separate tournaments. His 72.4 spring stroke-average is tops on the team ... Senior Michael Wilson, who is the only holdover from Cal's 2004 National Championship squad, is looking for a consistent tournament at the Pac-10's, while sophomore George Gandranata and freshman Andrey Mindirgasov have been mainstays in the lineup this spring ... The X-factor for the Bears may be freshman Chris Jensen, the younger brother of Michael, who tallied an even-par 216 in his first tournament of the spring this past weekend.
OREGON took a turn for the better the last couple of weeks as the Ducks finished third in their home event beating the No. 2 ranked Stanford Cardinal as well as No. 7 UCLA and No. 19 Arizona State ... The Duck's just returned home after taking the title at the Thunderbird Invitational, hosted by ASU, and is considered to be the biggest win ever for Oregon's golf program ... Golfweek just named the Ducks the team of the week for their upset victory at ASU ... Oregon's Derek Sipe has played well spring as he has shot a 62, 65, and three 66's this spring alone. His scoring average in the spring is under 71.
Oregon State has finished in the top four in three consecutive tournaments heading into the Pac-10 Championships, highlighted by a second-place finish at the Oregon Duck Invitational (which featured all 10 Pac-10 teams and is being played at the same course as the Pac-10 Championships) ... Oregon State's players are averaging 72.6 strokes per round through 10 tournaments (counting scores only). That is on pace to set a school record ... The Beavers shot a 22-under 842 at the Ogio-Pacific Coast Intercollegiate and a 16-under 824 at the Hawaii-Hilo Intercollegiate this spring. Those were the second and fourth-lowest team scores, relative to par, in school history ... James Allenby has finished under par in four of the last five tournaments. He leads the squad with a 71.96 stroke average (which is on pace to set a school record) ... Mitch Gillis had a strong summer and fall 2006, when he won three prestigious amateur tournaments and the season-opening Wolverine Intercollegiate in Michigan. That earned him a spot in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd. He was also recently named 2006 Golfer of the Year by the Oregon Golf Association.
The nationally ranked Stanford golf team won its sixth tournament of the season with a victory at the U.S. Intercollegiate in Stanford, Calif ... Cardinal Rob Grube was crowned the individual champion, firing an eight-under par 202 for the tournament ... Stanford placed five golfers in the Top-20 individually ... Stanford has recorded six first place finishes, two second place finishes, two fifth place finishes this season ... Stanford's six tournament victories is the most since the Tiger Woods era in the mid `90's ... The Cardinal team is one of the deepest in the country as three different Stanford golfers have won a tournament this year (Rob Grube, Zack Miller and Joseph Bramlett). Every member of the team has competed in an event this year.
UCLA's Kevin Chappell has recorded four straight Top-10 finishes this spring, including a victory at the Oregon Duck Invitational on Mar. 27 ... In his last nine rounds, he has averaged 71.5 with four rounds under par and two rounds under 70. His season scoring average is 72.2 with eight rounds under par and five rounds in the 60s ... Junior Craig Leslie recorded one of his best results recently, tying for 11th place at the NIT. His third round 69 (-3) was one of the best final rounds of his collegiate career ... Leslie is enjoying one of his best seasons at UCLA, recording a 95 percent counter ratio and three Top-10 finishes in eight starts ...Sophomore Lucas Lee and freshman Jason Kang have make an impact on the course. Lee leads the team in scoring average, while King has recorded five Top-25 finishes in his last six tournament appearances.
As a team, USC has finished below a tie for fifth only once in 10 events, has titles at the Inverness Intercollegiate and the Oregon Duck Invitational and three second-place finishes ... Freshman Jamie Lovemark was named a semifinalist for the 2007 Ben Hogan Award, which goes to the nation's top men's golfer, is currently ranked the nation's No. 1 collegiate men's golfer by Golfweek.com ... Lovemark has been USC's highest finisher in five of 10 starts. He has carded 12 rounds in the 60s, including a USC season low 64 at the USC Collegiate Invitational. He has five Top 3 finishes on the season and finished outside the top 18 only once this year ... Freshman Rory Hie, ranked No. 81 in the nation, is third on the squad in stroke average (73.26) and has six top 20 finishes and nine rounds in the 60s. Most recently, he tied for third at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational with a 205 (67-69, 69).
WASHINGTON is ranked 35th according to the latest GolfWeek poll ... Husky senior Alex Prugh, who leads UW with a career-low 71.81 stroke average, is ranked 52nd in the nation according to GolfWeek ... Prugh has been Washington's top finisher eight times in 10 tournaments, notching three Top-10 individual finishes ... Prugh won his first career title this season, sharing medalist honors at the Oregon Duck Invitational (March 26-27, 2007) with two other players ... Prugh also set a career-low 54-hole score of 201 at the Hawaii-Hilo Intercollegiate (Feb. 7-9, 2007) and matched a career-low shooting a 65 in the tournament's final round ... Sophomore transfer Chris Killmer from Cal State Bakersfield has emerged as one of Washington's top players, ranking second on the team with a 72.82 stroke average ... Including Prugh, four Huskies have won individual titles this season. Sophomore John Wise won the 2006 Opus NW Husky Invitational, while Killmer (Washington National Winter Championships) and freshman Nick Taylor (UBC Men's Invitational) claimed medalist honors at two JV team tournaments ... Husky senior Erik Olson has finished among the top three players in the last two Pac-10 Championships. He won the event in 2005 and finished third in 2006.
Look for WASHINGTON STATE senior Chris Collins to pace the Cougars. Collins has recorded six Top-25 finishes including two Top 5 finishes this year with a low round of 65 ... Senior Jordan Madison has made a name for himself as he has had four Top-25 finishes this season, including two among the Top 5 after capturing a low round of 66 ... WSU has placed ninth at each os the last three Pac-10 Championships...current Cougars in the 2006 tournament included Kevin Chen (tie-28th), Madison (tie-41st), Jordan Mason (tie-44th), Collins (tie-53rd) and Chad Carlson (60th)...current Cougars in the 2005 Pac-10 tournament included Chen (tie-25th), Mason (tie-28th), Collins (tie 45th) and Madison (tie-54th) ... In 2004 three current Cougars competed - Madison (tie-42nd), Chen (tie-51st), Carlson (60th).