Five Pac-12 teams advance to NCAA men's golf championships

Cal and UCLA won their regionals and five Pac-12 teams clinched a spot in the NCAA men's golf championships in Atlanta May 28-June 2 with regional play wrapped up across the country on Saturday. Washington, USC and Arizona State will join the Golden Bears and Bruins at the Capital City Club, Crabapple Course later this month, while the season has come to a close for Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford.

Pullman Regional


It's officially unofficial now: With a 43-under through 54, the California Golden Bears have now won an NCAA record 11 tournaments on the season. Leading by two strokes over Saint Mary's through 18, the Golden Bears had no trouble distancing themselves from the fray after that and wound up winning the Pullman Regional by 20 strokes over TCU. The fighting Oskis added another cherry to the milkshake when Michael Weaver made up six strokes on Saturday to tie USC's Sam Smith for the top spot on the player leader board at 14-under. He did so on the heels of a 2-under round that included six birdies. Relatively quiet for most of the weekend, two-time Pac-12 Golfer of the Month Max Homa had the low round of the day for the Golden Bears with a 4-under 68 saw him produce birdies and zero bogeys over the last ten holes. This marks the second consecutive year that the Golden Bears have won an NCAA regional championship (and also the second time ever).


Oh it was a nailbiter between Michael Weaver and Sam Smith. Both fellas were 15-under heading into 18, a par-5 dogleg left. Both ended up bogeying the 54th hole of the tournament, leaving the two in a tie at 14-under. Outside of that drama, it really wasn't a great day for the Men of Troy, who shot their highest round of the tournament at 6-over. Due to the cushion they had built over the first two rounds, however, it mattered not at all since USC easily qualified ten strokes above the cut line at 18-under overall, good for fourth in the Pullman Regional. Anthony Paolucci had the lowest round of the day for the Trojans, carding a 71 (-1) to get back to even par for the tournament.

Cal and USC will make the trip to the A along with TCU, Saint Mary's and either Ball State or San Diego State (currently in a playoff) from the Pullman Regional.

Tempe Regional


Top-seeded UCLA made it look easy all weekend, and Saturday was no exception. The Bruins carded a 269 (-11) on Saturday to finish in first place at 30-under, with a 17-stroke cushion on second-place Georgia and UCF to boot. No individual medalist for Derek Freeman's crew, but the Bruins had four golfers finish in a tie for 10th or better. This included Jonathan Garrick, whose Saturday-low 64 got him into a tie for second at 8-under (UCF's Greg Eason won medalist honors with a minus-12). Not only have the Bruins now advanced to 11 straight NCAA Championships, but they have also won five regional titles during that span.


Arizona State made sure the Pac-12 book-ended the top 5 in Tempe, finishing in fifth at 8-under (832) for the weekend to punch a plane ticket to the 404. The Forks equaled Friday's 274 with another 6-under effort to put eight strokes between themselves and sixth-place New Mexico State. Native son Trey Ka'ahanui had a monster round, finishing 5-under for the day and the tournament. Saturday's effort made Ka'ahanui the low Sun Devil for the weekend at Karsten Golf Course and gave him a top-10 finish (ninth) among all individuals. Trivia question- any idea how many times the Sun Devils have gone to the NCAA finals (hint: It's more than one)?

Curtis Jackson would be proud.


The Wildcats were unable to repeat their Friday magic, finishing Saturday 15 strokes higher at 291 (+11) to finish tied for 12th with Clemson. Erik Oja was solid all weekend and birdied his last hole to finish Saturday at even par and the regional at 2-under; his three-day total of 208 placed him in a tie for 17th.  The season wraps up for the Wildcats after reaching the NCAA Men's Golf Regionals for the 24th time in the 25 years that the regional format has been in play.

Tallahassee Regional


At one point tied down the stretch with North Florida atop the team leader board, the Dawgs weren't quite able to pull it off. No matter, though, because Washington's team-wide 31-under was good enough for second place in the Tallahassee Regional and a spot in the NCAA Championships in Atlanta. While Osprey U took first place out of all 13 teams in Tallahassee, Washington's Cheng-Tsung Pan claimed the individual regional title with a 15-under 201, shooting 67 in all three rounds. It's the Tallahassee medalist's first individual win since the first tournament of the season, when he was the top dog at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational. Also, congratulations are in order for Trevor Simsby, who arguably hit the shot of the day for the Huskies:



The Beavers made a hard charge towards qualification for Atlanta and finished with the lowest round out of any team (278, -10) on Saturday in Florida. It was not quite enough though, as the Beavers missed out on a tie for fifth by a single stroke. Finishing the tournament at 9-under (855), Oregon State was once again led by David Fink, who tallied a 67 (-5) Saturday to finish at 10-under and in a tie for fifth. Unfortunately for the Finkster (people have to call him that, right?), individual golfer Daniel Walker out of Richmond finished 12-under to claim the NCAA berth from Tallahassee for the lowest golfer not on a top-5 team. Credit also goes to Nick Chianello, Nick Sherwood and Brian Jung for making sure only under-par rounds counted towards Oregon State's Saturday team score. Head coach Jon Reehoorn had this to say after the regional wrapped up:



After spending the first two days firmly in the Tallahassee top 5, Oregon slid out of contention and missed the cut line by two strokes, finishing in eighth with an 8-under for 54 holes at Golden Eagle Country Club. Brandon McIver and Jonathan Woo were unable to keep up their Thursday-Friday pace, both shooting 1-over to finish the tournament 7-under (interestingly enough, both guys went 69-67-73 in their three rounds this weekend) and in a four-way tie for 10th. Rak Cho was the low Duck of the day at 1-under and completed his 54 with a plus-2. Although they won't be golfing in Atlanta, the men's golf guys made a superb video for the Student-Athlete Talent Show earlier this month. This really might be the student-athlete video of 2013 in the Pac-12 (alright, maybe Cal women's basketball's "Started from the Bottom", but it's close).

Florida State, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma will join North Florida and Washington out of Tallahassee in the NCAA Championships later this month.

Columbus Regional


After a hotly-contested first two days on the Scarlet Course, the top of the pack began to separate itself from the rest of the field. The Card were unable to keep pace, registering a 298 (+14) as a team to fall from a tie for third to below the cut line in seventh place (884, +32). While Pac-12 Men's Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year Andrew Yun had his best round of the tournament with a 1-under 70, Stanford's top two golfers heading into the weekend-- Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson-- shot 5- and 7-over, respectively. The Card had two golfers post a 78 (+7), meaning one of them had to count towards the team score; this essentially put the Cardinal out of contention. We'll leave you with this vine of Rodgers (who finished in a tie for 18th) teeing off on hole No. 2 as the lasting image of 2012-13 Stanford men's golf:


Fayetteville Regional


The Buffs' season came to an end Saturday after finishing the Fayetteville Regional in eighth place at 47-over. Colorado made a charge for NCAA Championships qualification early on in the tournament, finishing sixth on Thursday and hanging around the No. 6 spot for a little bit on Friday before sliding down the team leader board. On the bright side, Colorado did improve by one stroke and one spot from Friday, registering a 309 in its final round. Also, three Buffs-- John Hayes, Philip Juel-Berg and Derek Fribbs-- birdied their final hole of the tournament to go out right. Juel-Berg was the low Buff on the day at 4-over, while Derek Fribbs was Ralphie's lowest golfer for the 54 at 8-over (tied for 21st).

Illinois, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma State and Kent State are the teams advancing out of the Fayetteville Regional.

Baton Rouge Regional

No Pac-12 teams here, but Alabama, Florida, LSU, Tennessee and Coastal Carolina finished in the top 5 to book their spots in the NCAA Championships.

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