Washington Men's Golf Competes at Pac-10 Championships
April 26, 2001
Seattle, WA - The Washington men's golf team will compete at the 42nd annual Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championship April 27-29 at the Stanford Golf Course (Par 71, 6,786 yards) in Stanford, Calif. The tournament is a 72-hole event. The opening two rounds of the Pac-10 Championships 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
Rankings: 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.
Championship Preview: 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 looks for 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 his last six tournaments. . . UCLA freshman Steve Conway and sophomore Travis Johnson 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 Golf Rankings - 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.
Last Year's Championships: 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. Washington finished seventh with a score of 1450. The Huskies' top individual was Gordy Scutt, who shot 285 to place 16th. 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.
NCAA Regionals Next: 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.