Men's Golf Gears Up For 2003 Pac-10 Championships
April 25, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford Heads South For Pac-10 Championships: The 44th Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships will take place April 28-30 at the Oakmont Country Club (Par 72, 6,736 yards) in Glendale, Calif. UCLA is the tournament host for the 72-hole championships.
Touranment Schedule: A practice round will take place on Sunday, April 27 before the tournament begins on Monday morning. The opening two rounds are Monday, the third round is on Tuesday, and the final round is scheduled for Wednesday. The starting time for Monday is 7:30 a.m., Friday and Saturday is 8 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 - 7:30 a.m.): Stanford, USC
Group 2 (1st Tee - 8:18 a.m.): Oregon, Washington
Group 3 (1st Tee - 9:06 a.m.): Oregon State, Arizona State
Group 4 (10th Tee - 7:54 a.m.): California, Arizona
Group 5 (10th Tee - 8:42 a.m.): UCLA, Washington State
Tournament Scoring: 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.
Tournament Results: 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 UCLA website at www.uclabruins.com.
Where Do We Go From Here?: The NCAA West Regional Tournament will be held at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash., May 15-17 (Washington, host). The NCAA Championships will be held at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla., May 27-30 (Oklahoma State, host).
Next Year: Arizona will host the 2004 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships.
Rankings: As of April 22nd, the Golfweek/Sagarin Index shows that five Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top-25, while all 10 teams are listed in the Top-100. UCLA is ranked No. 5 , followed by Arizona at No. 6, Arizona State at No. 14, USC at No. 18, and Washington at No. 22, rounding out the top-25. As for the rest of the Conference, California is ranked No. 32, Oregon is No. 45, Stanford checks in at No. 54, with Oregon State at No. 72 and Washington State at No. 83 . . . Individually, Arizona's Chris Nallen and Ricky Barnes are tied at No. 15 in the nation, while Alejandro Canizares of Arizona State is ranked at No. 24, Steven Conway, UCLA at No. 29, Chez Reavie, Arizona State at No. 35, Jim Seki, Stanford at No. 46, Roy Moon, UCLA at No. 48 and John Ellis of Oregon rounding ou t the top-50 at No. 50.
About the Field: This is the first Pac-10 Championship event at Oakmont Country Club . . . ARIZONA is led by junior Chris Nallen, (71.22 stroke average) who has eight Top-10 finishes this year, including a win at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate (Oct. 14-15). The Wildcats have four tournament titles this year, winning at the PING/Arizona Intercollegiate (Feb. 3-4), John Burns Invite (Feb. 19-21), tying for 1st at the Oregon Duck Invite (Mar. 24-25) and winning the National Invitational Tournament (Mar. 20-Apr. 1) . . . ARIZONA STATE is coming off of its best finish of the year, winning its own ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational (Apr. 11-12) after shooting a tournament record 40-under 824. Freshman Alejandro Canizares leads the 'Devils with a 71.27 stroke average and has ASU's highest individual finish, when he won the National Invitational Tourment (Mar. 20-Apr. 1). The Sun Devils have finished in the Top-10 in all ten of their events, including five top-5 efforts . . . Junior Peter Tomasulo leads CALIFORNIA with a 70.42 stroke average. The top Bear golfer over the last three years, he tied for first at the Barona College Cup (Oct. 20-21), his first career medalist finish at Cal. The Golden Bears have finished in the Top-10 in nine of ten events, with two Top-5 finishes, including a tournament title at the Mid-Pines Intercollegiate (Sept. 9-10) . . . OREGON enters the Championships after matching its season low with a 274 at the U.S. Intercollegiate (Mar. 31- Apr. 1). Senior John Ellis is leading the way with a 71.40 stroke average. He has five Top-10 finishes, as well as three in the Top-5, including a tie for medalist honors at his own Oregon Duck Invitational (Mar. 24-25), with a nine-under 207. The Ducks have three Top-5 finishes, including three of their last four events . . . OREGON STATE is led by senior Michael Jurgensen, with five Top-25 finishes and a 72.66 stroke average. At the Tucker Intercollegiate (Sept. 13-14) he put together his career-best finish, tied for third with a 2-under 214. The Beavers have five Top-10 finishes, including a season-best third place finish at the Pacific Invitational (Sept. 23-24), where they set a one-round school record with an 11-under 277 on the final 18 hole . . . STANFORD has six Top-10 finishes this season, and two Top-5's . Defending Pac-10 Champion Jim Seki is leading Stanford with a 71.20 stroke average, with five Top-10 efforts. He's coming off his best round of the season at the ASU Thunderbird Invite (April 11-12), where he fired a 9-under 207 . . . Tournament host UCLA has won a Pac-10 high five tournaments this year, winning at the Pacific Invite (Spet. 23-24), The Taylor Made Big Island (Feb. 12-14), the Cleveland Classic (Mar. 3-4), the Western Intercollegiate (April 7-8) and their last event, the U.S. Intercollegiate (April 19-20). The Bruins' top shooter is Junior Steve Conway (71.00 stroke average), who has two individual titles, at the Cleveland and the Western Intercollegiate. Junior Roy Moon's second round 62 at the Taylor Made Big Island was the best competitive round in UCLA golf history, and also the lowest round in relation to par (-8) . . . Coming off its best finish of the season is USC , which finished second at the ASU Thunderbird (Apr. 19-20), where they shot a 54-hole school record 14-under 832. Senior Chris Botsford leads the Trojans with a 72.68 stroke average. Sophomore Nico Bollini has three top-25 finishes this year. . . . . WASHINGTON has finished in sixth place or better in seven of eleven events, with first place finishes at the Northwest Shootout (Mar. 8) and the Oregon Duck Invite (Mar. 24-25). Senior Brock Mackenzie leads UW with a71.40 stroke average. He's been the top Husky finished in seven events, including a win at the Duck Invite, where he carded an NCAA record 12-under 60 . . . WASHINGTON STATE has a sharpshooter in senior Dustin White (72.50 stroke average), who has finished in the Top-25 in 7 of 11 tournaments, including four Top-5 efforts and a title at the Turtle Bay Collegiate (Nov. 4-5). He's coming off his best play of the spring, a 2-under 214 at the ASU Thunderbird (Apr. 11-12)
Last Year: USC succesfully defended its Pac-10 title, capturing back-to-back Conference crowns for the first time since 1972-1973. The Trojans defeated second place Stanford by 15 strokes, to garner their 17th Pac-10 title. Stanford's Jim Seki won medalists honors with a 4-under par 284. Kevin Stadler of USC was the 2002 Pac-10 Golfer of the Year. Fellow Trojan Ben Hayes was named Freshman of the Year, and Walt Williams of Washington State earned Coach of the Year honors.
Stanford's Blake Mastalir tied for 11th individually, firing a 285 (72-71-69-73) while teammate Ron Won placed 39th (78-72-76-73--299). Kevin Blue tied for 53rd (75-85-72-77--309) and Pat Phillips finished 55th (74-78-81-77--310).