Pac-12 looks for 15th NCAA Men's Golf Championship
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Six Pac-12 teams open play at the 2014 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, May 23-28, at the Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. (hosted by Wichita State). Overall, thirty teams and six individuals will compete in the 117th NCAA Championships.
THE COURSE: Prairie Dunes Country Club, Hutchinson, Kan. (par 70 - 6,941)
THE FORMAT: The 2014 NCAA Championships will see the team champion determined via match play for the sixth straight year, as 2009 was the first time the winner wasn't awarded by total strokes since 1965. All 30 teams and six individuals will complete 54 holes of stroke play. Following 54 holes of competition, the top 40 players and any ties will advance for one additional day of stroke play to determine a 72-hole stroke play individual champion on May 26. The top eight teams after 54 holes of play will be placed into a bracket with the No. 1 seed playing the No. 8 seed, the No. 2 seed playing the No. 7 seed, the No. 3 seed playing the No. 6 seed and the No. 4 seed playing the No. 5 seed in match play. Ties for the top eight will be broken by a sudden-death playoff or, if necessary, by the non sudden-death tiebreaking procedure. Teams advancing to match play will begin with the quarterfinals and semifinals being held May 27, and the championship match set for May 28. During the match-play portion, each match will be worth one point with all five players participating. The first team to win three points within the team match will win the match.
SCORING: Live scoring of the Championships will be available at www.golfstat.com.
Golf Channel’s live coverage will begin on Monday, May 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. ET, when the top 40 individuals and ties will compete in the fourth and final stroke-play round to determine the individual national champion. Golf Channel will televise match-play competition on Tuesday, May 27 and Wednesday, May 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. ET.
THE PAC-12: There are six Pac-12 teams in the 30-team field. Nine of the 12 member institutions have competed in the NCAA Championships over the last four years. The Pac-12 has won 14 NCAA titles, including three in the last 10 years - California (2004), Stanford (2007), and UCLA (2008). Over the last two years, the Pac-12 has had six teams advance to the match-play portion of the Championships. In 2012, California, Oregon, UCLA and Washington advanced to match-play. In 2013, California, which posted the lowest team score after 54 holes, and Arizona State advanced. The Pac-12 teams in this year’s field:
CALIFORNIA: The Bears advance to the NCAA Championship after finishing in a tie for fourth at the Sugar Grove Regional and will enter the Championship as the No. 5 seed. Cal has reached the semifinals of the NCAA Championship each of the past two seasons and won its lone national title a decade ago in 2004. Cal has won six of its first 13 events in 2013-14 and 24 of its last 39 stroke-play tournaments overall dating back to the beginning of the 2011-12 season. The Bears have finished in the top five in 38 of those 39 events as well as another four match-play events during the period for 42 top-five showings in their last 43 tournaments overall. Cal will be lead by seniors Brandon Hagy (70.97 avg), Joël Stalter (71.61 avg) and Michael Weaver (73.54 avg). Hagy, who has posted nine top-five finishes this season in 13 events, was named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete and recently honored with the Byron Nelson Award.
OREGON: The Ducks advance to the NCAA Championship after finishing second in the Eugene Regional. It’s the fifth trip to the Championship in the last eight years. The Ducks posted their best finishes in the 2010 and 2012 Championships, finishing tied for third. Thomas Lim (72.00 avg), who earned Pac-12 All-Freshman team honors, fired a 4-under 66 in his final round of the Regional to finish second with an even-par 210. It was his fourth top 10 finish this season. Lim leads a senior-less Duck squad that includes junior Jonathan Woo (73.63 avg) and sophomore Brandon McIver (72.05 avg). As a team, the Ducks have finished in the top five seven times during the 2013-14 season, which includes a victory in the 23-team field Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate.
STANFORD: The Cardinal continued their torrid play with a NCAA Regional title at the Eugene Regional. It’s the fourth straight win for Stanford, and the fifth in the last six tournaments. Stanford, which enters the Championship as the No. 3 seed, will be making their seventh trip to the NCAA Championships in the last 10 seasons. Junior Patrick Rodgers (69.41 avg) was honored as the Ben Hogan Award winner. He is the first honoree in Stanford history, and the third straight winner from the Pac-12 Conference, following UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay (2012) and Washington’s Chris Williams (2013). Rodgers is the world’s top-ranked amateur golfer according to both the World Amateur Golf Ranking and the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking. Rodgers has six collegiate victories in 2013-14 to tie Tiger Woods’ all-time Stanford record for career wins (11). In his last six events, Rodgers has five wins and a runner-up finish. His season victories have come at the Erin Hills Invitational, The Goodwin, Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, The Prestige, Pac-12 Championships and NCAA Eugene Regional. While Rodgers may have been garnering most of the accolades this year, senior Cameron Wilson (69.85 avg) has finished among the top five in seven of 11 events this season and has a pair of medalist honors himself. During the fall season, Wilson had an impressive stretch of 342 holes without a double bogey. He had another run this spring of 197 holes without a bogey or worse end at the fifth hole of the third round at the Regionals. The Cardinal have won eight NCAA golf titles, most recently in 2007.
UCLA: A pair of birdies at the 54th hole helped propel the Bruins to their 12th consecutive NCAA Championship. The birdies broke tie with TCU and gave them sole possession of fifth place in the San Antonio Regional. Sophomores Lorens Chan (71.51 avg) and Jonathan Garrick (71.59 avg), both second team All-Pac-12 selections, are joined by the team’s lone senior Anton Arboleda (72.97 avg). Chan and Garrick each have five top five finishes. Garrick has posted 15 rounds under par, with 11 rounds under 70. As a team, the Bruins have finished fifth or better in eight of 12 tournaments this season. UCLA, which finished second in 2012, has a pair of national titles (1988 and 2008).
USC: The Trojans finished in a tie for fourth with California in the Sugar Grove Regional and earned their eighth consecutive NCAA Championship bid, and 55th overall. Only Oklahoma State (67) and Texas (59) have made more NCAA Championship appearances. The Trojans’ best finish at the NCAA Championships is third, achieved most recently in 2008. Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Rico Hoey (71.36 avg) has eight top seven finishes to his credit, including a victory at the Gifford Collegiate. Hoey has posted 14 rounds under 70, including a string of seven consecutive rounds of 69 or better. Junior Anthony Paolucci (71.88 avg), who finished second at the Sugar Grove Regional with a 1-under 215, has placed among the top seven in five tournaments this season, including a win at the Jones Invitational. As a team, the Trojans have finished among the top five nine times in 13 tournaments.
WASHINGTON: The Huskies advance to the NCAA Championship as the No. 7 seed after a second-place finish at the Raleigh Regional. It’s their 11th Championship appearance in the last 13 years and 14th overall. Sophomore Jonathan Sanders (71.76 avg) took medalist honors at the Regional with a 10-under 203 for his second win of the season. Senior Trevor Simsby (70.76 avg), a first team All-Pac-12 selection, has five top 10 finishes and has 13 rounds shooting 69 or better. The balanced Huskies added three individuals to the AllPac-12 second team - Sanders, sophomore Cheng-Tsung Pan (70.14 avg) and freshman Corey Pereira (71.09 avg). The Huskies have finished among the top four in 11 of 12 tournaments this season, including seven second-place finishes and one title (Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational).
DID YOU KNOW: Five Pac-12 golfers were tabbed to participate in the 2014 Palmer Cup. Stanford’s Cameron Wilson, California’s Brandon Hagy, and USC’s Rico Hoey will represent the United States, while Arizona State’s Jon Rahm (Spain) and Arizona’s Erik Oja (Sweden) will represent the European squad. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played June 26-28 at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England.
The Pac-12 Conference has claimed 14 NCAA team titles and produced 16 NCAA individual champions. Since 2003, the Pac-12 has netted three team champions (2004 - California; 2007 - Stanford; 2008 - UCLA) and five individual champions (2003 - Alejandro Canizares, ASU; 2005 - James Lepp, WASH; 2007 - Jamie Lovemark, USC; 2008 - Kevin Chappell, UCLA; 2013 - Max Homa, California).
NCAA Team Champions from the Pac-12
1938 - Stanford
1939 - Stanford
1941 - Stanford
1942 - Stanford
1946 - Stanford
1953 - Stanford
1988 - UCLA
1990 - Arizona State
1992 - Arizona
1994 - Stanford
1996 - Arizona State
2004 - California
2007 - Stanford
2008 - UCLA
NCAA Individual Champions from the Pac-12
1942 - Frank Tatum, Jr. Stanford
1967 - Hale Irwin, COLO
1976 - Scott Simpson, USC
1977 - Scott Simpson, USC
1981 - Ron Commans, USC
1983 - Jim Carter, Arizona State
1989 - Phil Mickelson, Arizona State
1990 - Phil Mickelson, Arizona State
1992 - Phil Mickelson, Arizona State
1993 - Todd Demsey, Arizona State
1996 - Tiger Woods, Stanford
2003 - Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State
2005 - James Lepp, Washington
2007 - Jamie Lovemark, USC
2008 - Kevin Chappell, UCLA
2013 - Max Homa, California
Byron Nelson Award: Brandon Hagy, California
Ben Hogan Award: Patrick Rodgers, Stanford