Stanford Places 17th At NCAA West Regionals

May 18, 2002

Albuquerque, N.M. - The Stanford men's golf team shot its best score of the tournament, 291, in the final round of the 2002 NCAA West Regional to finish 17th with a three-day total of 891 (303-297-291) on the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course this afternoon. New Mexico and Washington each turned in scores of 872 to tie for first place, while UNLV (874), Minnesota (875) and Pepperdine (877) round out the top-five.

Senior Philip Rowe (74-76-72) and sophomore Blake Mastalir (76-73-73) paced the Cardinal, each finishing with a 222 to tie for 44th. Rowe carded a par 72 in the final round, while Mastalir recorded a one-over 73. Teammate Ron Won fired a team-low round of 70 in the final day to finish tied for 51st with a 223 (76-77-70). Jim Seki finished with a 226 (77-73-76) and Kevin Blue recorded a 234 (78-75-81) to tie for 72nd and 121st, respectively.

Arizona's Ricky Barnes and Justin Smith of Minnesota tied for top medalist honors, each carding a tournament total of 210 (-6). Fresno State's Nick Watney finished in third with a 214.

The top-10 teams advanced to the NCAA Championships on May 29-June 1 held in Columbus, Ohio.

Stanford Results (final)
T44. Philip Rowe -- 222 (74-76-72)
T44. Blake Mastalir -- 222 (76-73-73)
T51. Ron Won -- 223 (76-77-70)
T72. Jim Seki -- 226 (77-73-76)
T121. Kevin Blue -- 234 (78-75-81)

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