2001 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships Preview

April 24, 2001

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EVENT . . .
The 42nd Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championship will take place April 27-29 at the Stanford Golf Course (Par 71, 6,786 yards) in Stanford, Calif. Stanford is the Tournament host for the 72-hole Championships.

A practice round will take place on Thursday, April 26 before the tournament begins on Friday morning. The opening two rounds are Friday, the third round is on Saturday, and the final round is scheduled for Sunday. The starting time for Friday is 7:30 a.m., Saturday and Sunday is 8:00 a.m.

Per a blind draw by Conference officials, the team pairings and order of play for the first round are as follows:

Group 1 (1st Tee - 7:54 a.m.): USC, California
Group 2 (1st Tee - 8:42 a.m.): Arizona, Stanford
Group 3 (10th Tee - 7:30 a.m.): Washington, Washington State
Group 4 (10th Tee - 8:18 a.m.): Arizona State, Oregon State
Group 5 (10th Tee - 9:06 a.m.): Oregon, UCLA

Each team is comprised of six golfers. The five individuals from each team with the low scores for any 18-hole round constitute the scoring members of the team for that given round. The team championship will be awarded to the squad with the lowest total combined score for all rounds.

Susie Campion is the media contact for the 2001 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships. All inquiries should be directed to her at 650/723-4418.

At the conclusion of each round, results will be available via the internet. Point your browser to the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org or to the Stanford website at www.gostanford.com.

Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis, Ore., will be the site of the NCAA West Regional Championships Thursday, May 17 through Saturday, May 19, while the NCAA Championships will be Wednesday, May 30 through Saturday, June 2 in Durham, N.C.

Oregon State University will host the 2002 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships.

As of April 18th, the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings show that eight Pac-10 teams are ranked nationally. Arizona State is ranked No. 4, followed by No. 6 USC. Arizona follows at No. 18, Oregon at No. 23, Washington at No. 27, California at No. 36, UCLA at No. 39 and Stanford at No. 40 . . . Individually, Arizona State's Jeff Quinney is the highest-ranked Pac-10 individual at No. 11. Teammate Matt Jones follows at No. 15, while Arizona's Ricky Barnes is No. 17.

All 10 teams had the opportunity to check out the Stanford Golf Course under tournament like conditions at last weekend's U.S. Intercollegiate. ARIZONA won the event with a three-day total of 837 (15-under). Rounding out the top five were ARIZONA STATE (852), UCLA (858), USC (859) and STANFORD (863). Arizona freshman Chris Nallen took top honors individually firing a seven-under par 206. Arizona State's Jeff Quinney took second with a 210. . . ARIZONA is led by sophomore Ricky Barnes and his 71.35 stroke average. The Wildcats have finished in the top eight in each of their five spring events, including a first place finish at the U.S. Intercollegiate. . . ARIZONA STATE senior Jeff Quinney has three tournament championships on his college career record and leads the Sun Devils with a 72.13 stroke average. Quinney was recently named the Rolex College Golfer of the Month for March. As the 2000 U.S. Amateur Champion, Quinney earned a spot in this year's Masters. . . Peter Tomasulo leads CALIFORNIA with a 73.5 stroke average. The freshman has posted the Bears' lowest score in three tournaments this spring. The Bears have finished in the top 10 in their last four events. . . OREGON finished seventh at the U.S. Intercollegiate last week with a three-day total of 867. The Ducks are led by sophomore John Ellis. Ellis has five top 20 finishes this spring, including a third place finish at the Western Intercollegiate (Apr. 2-3) - a tournament which the Ducks won by 17 strokes. . . OREGON STATE placed eighth at last week's U.S. Intercollegiate. Anthony Arvidson enters the Pac-10 Championships with a streak of 13 consecutive top-25 finishes. The senior carded a career-low round of 65, which is also the second-lowest score in school history, in Saturday's second round. . . STANFORD looksfor the home course advantage behind senior Jimmy Lee and sophomore Philip Rowe. Lee sports a 73.6 stroke average, while Rowe leads the Cardinal with a 72.9 stroke average and has five top 15 finishes in hislast six tournaments. . . UCLA freshman Steve Conway and sophomore TravisJohnson each lead the Bruins with a 74.0 stroke average. The Bruins posted their best finish of the season with a third place showing at last week's U.S. Intercollegiate. . . USC finished in the top seven in six spring events, including a first place finish at the Arizona Ping Intercollegiate. Freshman Hunter Mahan leads the Trojans with a 71.68 scoring average. Mahan ranks 29th on the MasterCard Collegiate GolfRankings - fifth among all freshmen. . . WASHINGTON has finished in the top 10 in five of its last six events. A pair of freshmen lead the Huskies as Corey Prugh tops the squad with a 73.18 stroke average, with teammate Brock Mackenzie sporting a 73.96 stroke average. . . WASHINGTON STATE freshman Ryan Camp has carded the Cougars' low score in two of the last three events. WSU junior Jeremy Taylor has the Cougars lowest tournament score of the season with a 4-under par (209) to finish ninth at the Diet Pepsi/Shocker Classic.

Arizona State used its home course, the Karsten Course, to its advantage to capture its sixth consecutive Pac-10 title, and 11th Conference title overall. ASU covered the course in a 56-under par 1384, 37 strokes ahead of second place finisher Oregon State. It was the lowest 72-hole score in Pac-10 Championships history by 19 strokes. ASU's Paul Casey, the Pac-10 Golfer of the Year, captured his third consecutive Pac-10 individual title, a feat matched by only one other person - USC's Sherman Finger in 1964, '65 and '66. Casey's score of 265 tied his own record set at the 1999 Conference championships and established a new Pac-10 Championships record of 23 strokes under par for the tournament. Arizona State coach Randy Lein earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors.

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