NCAA Regionals Up Next For Pac-12 Men's Golf Teams
SAN FRANCISCO-- Eight Pac-12 Conference men’s golf teams will be in action this week as the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships get underway at six regional sites May 16-18. Representing the Pac-12 will be ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, OREGON, Conference champion STANFORD, UCLA, USC and WASHINGTON.
NCAA REGIONAL SITES
Marana, Ariz. – The Gallery Golf Club (Par 72, 7,258 yards)
STANFORD (No. 1 seed) - Junior Maverick McNealy (69.19 avg) and senior teammate David Boote (70.84), each earned first team All-Pac-12 honors. McNealy, whose stroke average tops the nation, repeated as the Pac-12 Player of the Year. He has four tournament wins this year, 10 for his career (one shy of the Stanford record of 11 shared by Tigers Woods and Patrick Rodgers). The Cardinal, currently ranked No. 4 by Golfweek, have posted six top 10 finishes this season, including a 29-stroke margin of victory for the team title at the Pac-12 Championships.
CALIFORNIA (No. 3 seed) – The Golden Bears have nine top-three finishes in 12 tournaments this season. Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Collin Morikawa (71.11) and sophomore KK Limbhasut (71.18) have posted six and seven top 10 finishes, respectively. Limbhasut finished tied for third (-7) at the Pac-12 Championships as he carded 66 in three of four rounds. Morikawa’s scoring average is third best among all Division I freshmen.
OREGON (No. 4 seed) – The Ducks have posted seven top-five finishes in 11 tournaments. Sophomore Aaron Wise (69.88) joins Stanford’s Maverick McNealy and Arizona State’s Jon Rahm as one of the top six amateurs in the world (according to WAGR). Senior Zach Foushee (72.47) and junior Sulman Raza (72.74) lend depth to the Ducks. Wise is coming off a successful week in which he won the PGA TOUR Canada’s British Columbia Qualifying Tournament and then earned medalist honors at the U.S. Open Local Qualifier (Pronghorn Resort, Bend, Ore.). Raza finished in a tie for fourth in the Qualifier and now he and Wise advance to the U.S. Open Sectional (June 6).
Albuquerque, N.M. – UNM Championship Course (Par 72, 7,562 yards)
USC (No. 1 seed) – The Trojans have won three tournaments this season behind junior Rico Hoey (70.44) and sophomores Sean Crocker (71.82) and Jonah Texeira (72.35). Hoey and freshman Justin Suh (72.53) tied for medalist honors at the U.S. Open Local Qualifier (Indian Ridge Country Club, Palm Desert, Calif.) and advance to the U.S. Open Sectional (June 6). The Trojans advanced to the championship round of the NCAA Championships last year before falling to LSU.
ARIZONA STATE (No. 2 seed) – The Sun Devils have finished among the top four in 11 tournaments during the 2015-16 season. Senior Jon Rahm (69.26) is rated the No. 1 World Amateur according to the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR). Rahm has 11 career collegiate victories, second-most in ASU history behind Phil Mickelson (16). He has recorded 11 top-10 finishes in 2015-16 (every event), including medalist honors at the Pac-12 Championships (-12). He has a chance to repeat as the Ben Hogan Award winner as he is one of three finalists for the honor this year. Junior Jared du Toit (71.41) and senior Max Rottluff (71.45) have each posted four top-10 finishes.
Franklin, Tenn. – Vanderbilt Legends Club (Par 72, 7,190 yards)
WASHINGTON (No. 4 seed) – The Huskies collected three team titles this season, along with three other top-four team finishes. Junior Corey Pereira (71.35) paces the Huskies with a pair of tournament victories and two other top-10 finishes. Senior Jonathan Sanders (72.29) tied for fourth at the U.S. Open Local Qualifier (Crystalaire Country Club, Llano, Calif.) and now advances to the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier (June 6). Sanders, who maintains a 3.47 gpa in political science, was named the Pac-12 Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He is one of 10 finalists for the Byron Nelson Award.
Kohler, Wis. – Blackwolf Run - Meadow Valleys Course (Par 72, 7,123 yards)
UCLA (No. 9 seed) - The Bruins have posted four top-five finishes this season. Senior Jonathan Garrick (71.84) has five top-ten finishes and is coming off a tie for seventh (-2) at the Pac-12 Championships. Freshman Cole Madey (73.71) earned Pac-12 All-Freshman team honors and finished in a tie for 15th (+3) at Pac-12 Championships. UCLA is making its 24th consecutive postseason appearance.
Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Ol’ Colony Golf Complex (Par 72, 7,514 yards)
COLORADO (No. 11 seed) – Six top-five finishes for the Buffaloes in 12 tournaments this season. Junior Jeremy Paul (70.46) and senior Philip Juel-Berg (72.11) have six and five top-ten finishes, respectively. Paul is coming off a tie for seventh (-2) at the Pac-12 Championships. It’s the best individual finish by a Colorado golfer at the Pac-12 Championships since it joined the league in 2011-12.
Live scoring will available for all regionals at www.golfstat.com
The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals, which will be held May 27-June 1, at The Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon, host).
Conference of Champions: The Pac-12 Conference has claimed 14 NCAA team titles and produced 17 NCAA individual champions. Since 2003, the Pac-12 has netted three team champions (2004 - California; 2007 - Stanford; 2008 - UCLA) and six individual champions (2003 - Alejandro Canizares, ASU; 2005 - James Lepp, WASH; 2007 - Jamie Lovemark, USC; 2008 - Kevin Chappell, UCLA; 2013 - Max Homa, CAL; 2014 – Cameron Wilson, STAN).
Hogan Award Finalists: Two of the three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award hail from the Pac-12 Conference. A Pac-12 golfer claimed the award each of the last four years – Arizona State’s Jon Rahm, Stanford’s Maverick McNealy and Washington’s Cheng-Tsung Pan. The last four winners were Patrick Cantlay (UCLA, 2012), Chris Williams (Washington, 2013), Patrick Rodgers (Stanford, 2014) and Jon Rahm (Arizona State, 2015).
2016 Pac-12 Championship Results
(April 29-May 1, The Country Club, Salt Lake City, Utah)
Final Team Results (Par 71, 7,209 yards)
1. Stanford......................... 352-336-348-366 — 1402 (-18)
2. California........................ 350-343-355-383 — 1431 (+11)
3. Arizona State................. 359-352-364-364 — 1439 (+19)
4. Washington.................... 360-355-360-368 — 1443 (+23)
5. USC............................... 356-348-363-381 — 1448 (+28)
T6. Oregon......................... 370-356-366-367 — 1459 (+39)
T6. Colorado...................... 360-363-371-365 — 1459 (+39)
8. UCLA............................. 358-365-360-382 — 1465 (+45)
9. Washington State........... 380-365-357-374 — 1476 (+56)
10. Arizona........................ 361-367-374-380 — 1482 (+62)
11. Utah............................. 378-363-364-377 — 1485 (+65)
12. Oregon State................ 371-365-372-391 — 1496 (+76)
Final Individual Top 10 (Par 71, 7,209 yards)
1. Jon Rahm, ASU...................... 70-66-68-68—272 (-12)
2. Jordan Gumberg, ARIZ........... 68-71-69-68—276 (-8)
T3. David Boote, STAN............... 68-66-70-73—277 (-7)
T3. KK Limbhasut, CAL............... 66-66-66-79—277 (-7)
5. Franklin Huang, STAN............ 66-72-68-73—279 (-5)
6. Maverick McNealy, STAN....... 69-71-69-72—281 (-3)
T7. Jonathan Garrick, UCLA....... 67-68-69-78—282 (-2)
T7. Jeremy Paul, COLO............... 67-68-74-73—282 (-2)
T9. Aaron Wise, ORE................... 73-69-71-70—283 (-1)
T9. Corey Pereira, WASH........... 72-69-69-73—283 (-1)
All-Pac-12 First Team
David Boote, Sr., Stanford
Rico Hoey, Jr. USC
KK Limbhasut, So., California
Maverick McNealy, Jr., Stanford
Collin Morikawa, Fr., California
Corey Pereira, Jr., Washington
Jon Rahm, Sr., Arizona State
Aaron Wise, So., Oregon
All-Pac-12 Second Team
Shotaro Ban, Sr., California
Sean Crocker, So., USC
Jared du Toit, Jr., Arizona State
Jonathan Garrick, Sr., UCLA
Jeremy Paul, Jr., Colorado
Max Rottluff, Sr., Arizona State
Jonathan Sanders, Sr., Washington
Jonah Texeira, So., USC
Honorable Mention: Sebastian Crampton, So., CAL; Frank Garber, So., WASH; Jordan Gumberg, So., ARIZ; Zach Foushee, Sr., ORE; Franklin Huang, So., STAN; Andrew Levitt, Sr., USC.
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team
Cole Madey, UCLA
Collin Morikawa, California
Justin Suh, USC
Brandon Wu, Stanford
Carl Yuan, Washington
Honorable Mention: Jamie Cheatham, CAL.
Pac-12 Player of the Year: Maverick McNealy, Stanford
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year: Collin Morikawa, California
Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Jonathan Sanders, Washington
Pac-12 Coach of the Year: Conrad Ray, Stanford