Pre-NCAA Q&A With Head Coach Conrad Ray

May 23, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - The 2008 NCAA Men's Golf Championships are set to begin on Wednesday, May 28, and the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf, Conrad Ray, is hoping to guide his team to a repeat finish of last year's NCAA Championships, when the Cardinal won their eighth team crown in program history. Prior to setting out for West Lafayette, Ind., where Purdue University is hosting this years tournament, Ray took a few minutes to offer his thoughts on what it will take to bring home a Cardinal victory.

Q: Your thoughts on the Purdue Course?
A: I have not been there before, but it sounds like the rough will be up, the greens will be fast, and the set-up will be much like a major championship should be.

Q: Who do you think will be the teams to beat?
A: There are a number of hot teams right now, USC and Georgia come to mind, however in golf it is way to tough to predict whose week it will be.

Q: What do you think the keys will be to having a successful outing at the NCAA Championships?
A: Patience, and a full team effort. We need to have everyone shooting to finish in the top-20. NCAA's are more about your fifth score than your best score.

Q: What has the atmosphere been like at practices this week? Is everyone confident, ready to go?
A: We have had some great practices and have been trying to work on things we will need to accomplish to win. Namely, driving the ball in the fairway and having tidy short games.

Q: Any final thoughts?
A: It is fun to have another chance to win the national title, and we will do what we can to make it happen!

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