Tucker Completes NCAA Regional Championships
May 16, 2009
DALY CITY, Calif. - Washington State junior Kevin Tucker completed the final round at the NCAA Division I Men's Golf West Regional Championships Saturday, held at the par-72, 6,863-yard Lake Merced Golf Club.
Tucker, only the second men's golfer in school history to earn an individual invitation to the Regional Championships, completed the three-round tournament with a score of 222 (+6), in a tie for 62nd.
After getting off to a slow start in each of the first two days of competition, Tucker posted a 1-under 35 on the front side of today's round en route to a score of 73 (+1). He also shot 73 in the first round, followed by a 76 (+4) in the second round.
'Kevin hit the ball as well as I have seen him hit it all year,' WSU Head Coach Walt Williams said. 'He just didn't have the putter working today. We had a great experience, and this will be very valuable with him coming back next year.'
Though he will not advance to the NCAA Championships, it was a successful season for the native of Kennewick, Wash. Tucker garnered All-Pacific-10 Conference honorable mentions honors following the league championships, the first Cougar in three years to accomplish the feat.
Tucker also notched his first career tournament victory this season, winning the Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif., Oct. 5. The victory earned him Pac-10 Player of the Month honors for October.
Tucker finished the 2008-09 season with three top 10 finishes and six top 25 finishes including a third place finish at the Argonaut Invitational and a fifth place finish at the Falcon Invitational.