Four Pac-12 Men's Golf teams vie for NCAA title

SAN FRANCISCO-- Four Pac-12 Conference men’s golf teams will be in action this week as the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships get underway May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. Representing the Pac-12 will be ARIZONA STATE, defending NCAA champion OREGON, STANFORD and USC.

While the individual champion will be decided during the four days of stroke-play competition from May 26-29, the top eight teams after four days will participate in a match-play format on May 30-31 to determine the NCAA Champion.

ARIZONA STATE – The Sun Devils are making their 53rd NCAA Championship appearance, including 31 of the last 34 seasons, and have won a pair of NCAA titles (1990, 1996). All-Pac-12 first team performer Jared du Toit (70.10) and a pair of Pac-12 All-Freshman team performers Chun An Yu (71.54) and Alex Del Rey Gonzalez (72.00) lead the Sun Devils. Arizona State has posted seven top-five finishes this season, including victories at the Alister Mackenzie Invitational and Thunderbird Invitational.

OREGON – The Pac-12 champion, and defending NCAA champion, Oregon Ducks will be making their 29th Championship appearance. Oregon has posted a top five finish in all 12 events this season under Pac-12 Coach of the Year Casey Martin, including victories in five of the last nine tournaments.  Senior Wyndham Clark (69.59, No. 1 by golfstat.com), the Pac-12 Golfer of the Year, paces the Ducks with three tournament victories – Arizona Intercollegiate, Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate and Pac-12 Championships. He most recently posted a second-place showing at the Baton Rouge Regional. Norman Xiong (70.67) earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors and his stroke average is second-best among all DI freshmen.

STANFORD – Eight-time NCAA champion Stanford Cardinal head to the Championships for the 61st time. The Cardinal have posted six top 3 finishes this season, including a tie for first at last week’s Stanford Regional. Byron Nelson Award winner Maverick McNealy (69.72), and sophomores Franklin Huang (71.07) and Brandon Wu (71.62) lead the Cardinal charge. With his win at the Nike Collegiate, McNealy tied Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers with a school-record 11 victories. Stanford is coming off wins at The Goodwin and NCAA Stanford Regional and a pair of second place-finishes at the Western Intercollegiate and Pac-12 Championships in its last four events.

USC – The Trojans will be making their 57th NCAA Championships appearance and are in search of their first NCAA title. The Trojans, led by a trio of first team All-Pac-12 performers Sean Crocker (70.66 avg), Rico Hoey (70.80) and Justin Suh (71.09), enter the NCAA Championships as the No. 1 ranked team by Golfweek after capturing team honors at the Washington Regional last week. USC has posted 10 top 3 finishes this season, including victories at the Cypress Point Classic, Gifford Collegiate, Southern Highlands Collegiate, Western Intercollegiate and the NCAA Washington Regional.

Live scoring will available for at www.golfstat.com.

Conference of Champions: The Pac-12 Conference has claimed 15 NCAA team titles and produced 18 NCAA individual champions. Since 2003, the Pac-12 has netted four team champions (2004 - California; 2007 - Stanford; 2008 – UCLA; 2016 - Oregon) and seven 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; 2016 – Aaron Wise, ORE).

Hogan Award Finalists: Two of the three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award hail from the Pac-12 Conference – Oregon’s Wyndham Clark and Stanford’s Maverick McNealy. A Pac-12 golfer claimed the award each of the last five years. The last five winners were Patrick Cantlay (UCLA, 2012), Chris Williams (Washington, 2013), Patrick Rodgers (Stanford, 2014) and Jon Rahm (Arizona State, 2015 and 2016).

2017 Pac-12 Championship Results
April 28-30, Boulder Country Club – Boulder, Colo.
(Saturday’s round was canceled due to snow. The championships was shortened from 72 holes to 54 holes)

Final Team Results (Par 70, 7,129 yards)
1. Oregon................................. 354-361-350 — 1065 (+15)
2. Stanford............................... 363-363-342 — 1068 (+18)
T3. Washington........................ 355-369-358 — 1082 (+32)
T3. USC................................... 366-365-351 — 1082 (+32)
5. UCLA................................... 363-372-353 — 1088 (+38)
6. Arizona State........................ 362-374-356 — 1092 (+42)
7. Colorado............................... 368-367-360 — 1095 (+45)
8. California.............................. 367-364-365 — 1096 (+46)
9. Arizona................................. 368-373-366 — 1107 (+57)
10. Washington State................ 373-374-366 — 1113 (+63)
11. Oregon State...................... 376-376-367 — 1119 (+69)
12. Utah.................................. 379-377-366 — 1122 (+72)

Final Individual Top 10 (Par 70, 7,129 yards)
1. Wyndham Clark, ORE..................... 69-68-69 —206 (-4)
T2. Rico Hoey, USC........................... 72-68-69 —209 (-1)
T2. Franklin Huang, STAN................. 72-69-68 —209 (-1)
T4. Maverick McNealy, STAN.............. 71-77-65 — 213 (+3)
T4. Carl Yuan, WASH......................... 68-72-73 — 213 (+3)
T6. Corey Pereira, WASH..................... 69-75-70 — 214 (+4)
T6. Collin Morikawa, CAL.................... 74-68-72 — 214 (+4)
T6. Ryan Gronlund, ORE................... 70-76-68 — 214 (+4)
T9. Brandon Wu, STAN..................... 76-71-68 — 215 (+5)
T9. Tyler Collier, UCLA........................ 70-75-70 — 215 (+5)
T9. Cole Madey, UCLA........................ 72-73-70 — 215 (+5)
T9. Justin Suh, USC.......................... 72-78-65 — 215 (+5)
T9. Isaiah Salinda, STAN.................... 75-73-67 — 215 (+5)

All-Pac-12 First Team
Wyndham Clark, Sr., Oregon
Sean Crocker, Jr., USC
Rico Hoey, Sr., USC
Maverick McNealy, Sr., Stanford
Collin Morikawa, So., California
Justin Suh, So., USC
Jared du Toit, Sr., Arizona State
Norman Xiong, Fr., Oregon

All-Pac-12 Second Team
Ryan Gronlund, RSo., Oregon
Franklin Huang, Jr., Stanford
Corey Pereira, Sr., Washington
Brandon Wu, So., Stanford
Edwin Yi, So., Oregon
Hidetoshi Yoshihara, Fr., UCLA
Chun An Yu, Fr., Arizona State
Carl Yuan, So., Washington

Honorable Mention: Viraat Badhwar, Sr., STAN; Tyler Collier, Jr., UCLA; Ethan Freeman, Sr., COLO; Cheng Jin, Fr., USC; Cole Madey, So., UCLA; Isaiah Salinda, So., STAN; Jonah Texeira, Jr., USC.

Pac-12 All-Freshman Team
Cheng Jin, USC
Alex Del Rey Gonzalez, Arizona State
Norman Xiong, Oregon
Hidetoshi Yoshihara, UCLA
Chun An Yu, Arizona State

Honorable Mention: Henry Lee, Washington.

Pac-12 Player of the Year: Wyndham Clark, Oregon
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year: Norman Xiong, Oregon
Pac-12 Coach of the Year: Casey Martin, Oregon
Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Maverick McNealy, Stanford

2017 NCAA Regional Results

West Lafayette
12. Colorado (+46); top individual: T31. Yannik Paul (75-78-72—225, +9)

Washington
1. USC (-3). Top individual; T2. Sean Crocker (64-74-71—209, -4), Justin Suh (68-68-73—209, -4)
7. Washington (+17). Top individual; T11. Corey Pereira (73-72-68—213, E)

Stanford
 T1. Stanford (-17). Top individual; 3. Maverick McNealy (65-67-70—202, -8)

Austin
5. Arizona State (+7). Top individual; T5. Alex Del Rey Gonzalez (71-71-68—210, -3)

Baton Rouge
3. Oregon (+16). Top individual; 2. Wyndham Clark (72-70-71—213, -3)

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