Men's Golf Earns NCAA Regional Bid

May 7, 2007

SEATTLE -- The 35th-ranked Washington men's golf team received an at-large bid to compete in the NCAA Regional Championships and as the 12th seed in the West will head to Tempe, Ariz., and Arizona State's Karsten Golf Course for the West Regional, May 17-19, the NCAA announced Monday.

The top 10 teams from each of the three regional tournaments will advance to the NCAA Championships, May 30-June 2, at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.

The Huskies, who are coming off a fifth place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, earned their 12th-straight regional bid and will look to advance to NCAA's for the ninth-straight year. Washington, led by sixth-year head coach Matt Thurmond, is one of five NCAA Division I teams to compete in the last eight straight NCAA Championships - a group that also includes Arizona, Oklahoma State, Georgia and Georgia Tech.

The other two NCAA Regionals this year will be hosted by Georgia Tech and Northern Illinois. In addition to the top-10 team finishers at each regional championship, the top-two individuals not on an advancing team will move on to the championship finals.

Additional Pac-10 teams selected to compete in the West Region are top-seeded Stanford, No. 2 seed UCLA, No. 4 seed USC, No. 7 seed Arizona State, No. 9 seed Arizona, No. 18 seed Oregon State, No. 20 seed Oregon and No. 21 seed California.

The West Regional at Arizona State will include a 54-hole format, with 18 holes to be played each day beginning at 6:30 a.m. PT/MT. Live scoring for the tournament will be available at golfstat.com.

Last season, Washington tied for third at the NCAA West Regional in Tucson, Ariz., before going on to finish ninth at the NCAA Championships. Washington won a regional title in 2002 and has placed third each of the last two regionals in 2006 and 2005.

2007 NCAA Men's Golf West Regional Field
Teams

1. Stanford
2. UCLA
3. UNLV
4. Southern California
5. East Tennessee State
6. BYU
7. Arizona State
8. Wake Forest
9. Arizona
10. UC Irvine
11. South Carolina
12. Washington
13. Vanderbilt
14. Augusta State
15. Pepperdine
16. San Diego State
17. New Mexico
18. Oregon State
19. Colorado State
20. Oregon
21. California
22. Nevada
23. Denver
24. Pennsylvania
25. Detroit
26. Bucknell
27. Monmouth

Individuals
1. Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount
2. Dustin Pimm, Utah
3. Darrin Hall, San Diego
4. Michael McRae, St. Mary's
5. Geoff Gonzalez, Cal Poly
6. Thomas Peterson, Pacific

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