Washington To Host Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship

March 4, 2009

SEATTLE -- The University of Washington will serve as host team for the Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship, April 27-29 at the Seattle Golf Club.

This year's championship will feature some of the top individual golfers and teams in the country, as the Pac-10 currently showcases five teams and seven golfers in Golfweek's top 25 rankings. The 15th-ranked Huskies will be one of 10 teams competing for the title, along with defending NCAA West Regional champs No. 2 USC, No. 5 Stanford, 2008 Pac-10 champion No. 9 Arizona State, No. 23 Cal and No. 22 UCLA.

Southern California boasts a pair of the countries top collegiate golfers in top-ranked Matthew Giles and 2007 NCAA Champion Jamie Lovermark. The Trojans placed third in the NCAA Championship and took top honors at the CordeValle Collegiate in November and the UH-Hilo Intercollegiate.

USC's competition will start with Stanford, which boasts a pair of the best ball strikers in Joseph Bramlett and Steve Zeigler. The Cardinal has yet to win a tournament this year, but also consistently finishes in the top five. Arizona State is led by Stephen Gross and 2008 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Jesper Kennegard. The Bears and the Bruins also have big name golfers. UCLA features top-20 player Gregor Main, while California's Michael Jensen earned medalist honors at the USF/Olympic Club Invitational.

The Washington Huskies, ranked 15th, are enjoying one of their best seasons thus far, winning the Husky Invitational in September, and having two Pac-10 Players of the Month in Chris Killmer (September) and Nick Taylor (November). Huskies have won three medalist honors so far this year, with Killmer earning the top spot at the Husky Invitational and Taylor winning the CordeValle Collegiate and the UH-Hilo Intercollegiate. The Dawgs finished seventh in the 2008 Pac-10 Championship, while en route to a seventh place finish in the NCAA Championship less than a month later. Junior Richard Lee is the UW's top-ranked golfer, coming in at 21, while Taylor is 34th.

Competition starts Monday, April 27 at the Seattle Golf Club with two rounds. Admission is free and live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com.

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