Stanford Set to Host 2011 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship
WHAT: 52nd annual Pac-10 Conference Men's Golf Championship
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1, 2011
HOST: Stanford will host the 72-hole Championship
COURSE INFORMATION: Stanford Golf Course, Stanford, Calif.
Par 70, 6,742 yards
WHO: Men's golf teams from all 10 institutions will compete for bragging rights at the 2011 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship.
ADMISSION: Admission to the 2011 Pac-10 Championship is free.
MEDIA CONTACT: Stanford's Jim Young will serve as the media contact for the 2011 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship. For media inquiries you can contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRACTICE ROUND: Teams will participate in a practice round on Thursday, April 28 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE: A complete schedule that includes team pairings and tee times is listed on page 2 of this release.
CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS: At the conclusion of each round, results will be posted on the Pac-10's web site (www.pac-10.org) and a link will also be available on the Pac-10 website to hole-by-hole live Golfstat scoring (www.golfstat.com).
GOLFERS TO WATCH
The UCLA Bruins, ranked No. 3 by Golfweek/Sagarin, enter the Pac-10 Championship as the hottest team as they are coming off a victory at the Western Intercollegiate. Sophomore Pontus Widegren, currently ranked No. 23 by Golfweek/Sagarin, was the team's top performer, finishing fifth with an even par 210. However, it's been the play of freshman Patrick Cantlay that's kept the Bruins near the top of the nationally rankings this season. Cantlay was named the Pac-10 Golfer of the Month for February and currently is ranked No. 3 among college individuals by Golfweek/Sagarin. Cantlay currently leads the Bruins with three tournament victories and six top-10 finishes on the season.
WASHINGTON looks to make it three in a row. Only USC (1964-67; 1971-73) and Arizona State (1995-2000) have won three or more consecutive Pac-10 titles. The Huskies are led by sophomore Chris Williams, currently ranked No. 27 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Williams was named the Pac-10 Golfer of the Month for March.
Should CALIFORNIA senior Eric Mina successfully defend his individual title, he'd be the first Pac-10 golfer to do so since Arizona State's Paul Casey claimed three straight titles from 1998-2000.
STANFORD sophomore Andrew Yun, the nation's No. 2 ranked golfer, joins junior teammate David Chung, in hopes to lead the Cardinal to the team title on their home course. Chung recently competed at the Masters. While he did not make the cut, Chung was the top American amateur after shooting a 4-over 148 through two days.
OREGON junior Daniel Miernicki has two tournament victories for the Ducks this season and tied the school record with a career-low round of 62 during the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii in February. He is a four-time medalist in NCAA competitions and ranks first in career scoring average at Oregon at 71.56.
NCAA SUCCESS... The Pac-10 has won 14 NCAA team titles, while 11 different individuals have garnered medalist honors 14 times. . . The Pac-10 has produced six (Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington) of the dozen teams to have played in each of the past three NCAA Championships.
TEAM USA... The United States and European teams were recently announced for the 2011 Palmer Cup at The Stanwich Club outside Greenwich, Conn. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played June 9-11. Four Pac-10 student-athletes are among the eight selected for the United States - UCLA's Patrick Cantlay, Oregon's Daniel Miernicki, Washington's Chris Williams, and Stanford's Andrew Yun. A fifth Pac-10 golfer, UCLA's Pontus Widegren will represent Europe.