2004 Men's Golf Championship Preview
April 21, 2004
EVENT . . . The 45th Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships will take place April 26-28 at the Gallery at Dove Mountain North Course (Par 72, 7,412 yards) in Tucson, Ariz. Arizona is the Tournament host for the 72-hole Championships.
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE . . . A practice round will take place on Sunday, April 25 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 7:00 a.m., Tuesday and Wednesday's starting times are set for 7:30 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 - 7:00 a.m.): Arizona, Oregon StateGroup 2 (1st Tee - 7:48 a.m.): Arizona State, WashingtonGroup 3 (1st Tee - 8:36 a.m.): UCLA , StanfordGroup 4 (10th Tee - 7:24 a.m.): California, OregonGroup 5 (10th Tee - 8:12 a.m.): USC, 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.
MEDIA INFORMATION . . . Richard Paige is the media contact for the 2004 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships. All inquiries should be directed to him at 520.621.4163
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, the Arizona website, www.arizonaathletics.com, or www.golfstat.com.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? . . . The NCAA West Regional Tournament will be held at Crosswater Club at Sunriver resort in Sunriver, Ore., May 20-22 (University of Portland, host). The NCAA Championships will be held at Cascades Golf Course, The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va., May 27-30 (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, host).
RANKINGS . . . As of April 13th, the Golfweek/Sagarin Index shows that six Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top-25, while nine teams are listed in the Top-100. UCLA is ranked No. 3 , followed by Arizona State at No. 5, Arizona at No. 9, USC at No. 13, California at No. 17 and Washington at No. 25, rounding out the Top-25. As for the rest of the Conference, Stanford is No. 54, Oregon is No. 85, Oregon State checks in at No. 88 and Washington State at No. 106 . . . Individually, Arizona's Chris Nallen is ranked No. 5 in the nation, while Brock MacKenzie of Washington is ranked No. 8, Chez Reavie of Arizona State is No. 15, Peter Tomasulo of California is right on his heels at No. 16, ASU's Alejandro Canizares is No. 22, Travis Johnson and Steven Conway of UCLA are No. 28 and 33, respectively, while Stanford's Zach Miller rounds out the Top-50 for the Pac-10 at No. 47.
CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW. . .
ARIZONA is led by senior Chris Nallen, (69.78 stroke average) who is the first Wildcat golfer in 17 years to win three individual titles in the same season. Nallen has six Top-10 finishes so far this year and in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Index is ranked No. 5 in the nation. The Wildcats have won or finished second in five of six events this spring, including victories at the PING/Arizona Intercollegiate (Feb. 2-3), John Burns Invite (Feb. 18-20) and the Hall of Fame Invitational (Mar. 19-21)...
ARIZONA STATE is coming off its best finish of the year, winning its own ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational (Apr. 8-10) after shooting a tournament record 43-under 821. Senior Chez Reavie leads the Devils with a 69.91 stroke average, while last year's NCAA Champion, sophomore Alejandro Canizares, is right behind him with a 70.26 stroke average. ASU has won four tournaments this year, the New Mexico Tucker Intercollegiate (Sept. 12-13), UNLV's Southern Highlands Championship (Mar. 12-14), the National Invitational (Mar. 28-30) and the previously mentioned ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational (Apr. 8-10). The Devils have not won four tournaments in a season since 1999-2000...
CALIFORNIA is coming off a solid performance in the U.S. Intercollegiate (Apr. 16-18), the Golden Bears shot a 864 to finish in third place. Cal is led by senior Peter Tomasulo with a 70.00 stroke average. Tomasulo, who is a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award, is ranked No. 16 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Index and has four Top-5 finishes on the season...
OREGON enters the Championships after finishing in eighth place in the U.S. Intercollegiate (Apr. 16-18). The Ducks needed a solid showing if they wanted to make a run for the postseason, shot an 880 in the highly competitive tournament. Sophomore Justin St. Clair leads to Ducks with a 73.00 stroke average. St. Clair has finished in the Top-20 three times this season, and has finished in the Top-10 twice....
OREGON STATE is led by junior Brad Simpson, who has three Top-30 finishes, including a second place finish at the Duck Invitational (Mar. 22-23). The Beavers have four Top-10 finishes and have finished in the Top-5 twice. OSU most recently finished in the Top-5 at the Duck Invitational, where it finished fourth...
STANFORD is led by freshman Zach Miller, who has been both consistent and accurate in his rookie season. Miller, as of Apr. 13, is ranked No. 47 in the country with a 70.96 stroke average. Stanford has six Top-10 finishes, including a season-best third place at the Duck Invitational (Mar. 22-23). The Cardinal enter the Pac-10 Championship after a fifth place finish at the very competitive U.S. Intercollegiate (Apr. 16-18) on Stanford's home course...
UCLA enters the Pac-10 Championship on a high note after winning the U.S. Intercollegiate (Apr. 16-18) at Stanford. UCLA, last year's Pac-10 Champion, is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation and has won its last three tournaments, the Carson Daly Invitational (Apr. 5-6), the Wyoming Cowboy Classic (Apr. 12-13) and the U.S. Intercollegiate (Apr. 16-18). The Bruins have 13 Top-10 finishes, and have won a total of seven tournaments on the season. The Bruins are led by Travis Johnson and Steven Conway who are, No. 28 and 33 in the nation, respectively. ...
The USC Trojans are playing great golf as of late. The Trojans are entering the Pac-10 Championship after shooting a season-best 29-under-par 835 to finish in third place at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational (Apr. 8-10). The mark of 835 was one of the lowest in school history, and flirted with the school record of 832, which was shot by the Trojans last season at the same tournament. In the event, three Trojans shot career best, including freshman Josh Wooding, who shot a season-low 204 to finish fourth...
WASHINGTON is led by Ben Hogan Award finalist Brock MacKenzie, who is ranked No. 8 in the country with a 70.07 stroke average. MacKenzie has won one tournament, the Husky Invitational (Sept. 29-30) and has finished in the Top-10 in six of nine events. Washington, as a team, has finished in the Top-10 in eight out of nine events. The Huskies have one tournament victory, the Husky Invitational (Sept. 29-30) and have finished in the Top-5 four times. ..
WASHINGTON STATE has a sharpshooter in freshman Kevin Chen, who fired a school record 8-under 64 in the final round of the Sam Houston Golf Classic (Mar. 13-15). Chen is not the only freshman who is contributing to the Cougars rotation. In fact, the Cougars have three freshman (Chen, Jordan Madison and Logan Toskey) consistently playing in the scoring five. WSU is currently ranked 23rd in Golfstat's freshman class impact ranking. The Cougars have eight Top-10 finishes on the season.
LAST YEAR . . . The UCLA Bruins won their fourth Pac-10 Championship with a commanding 27-stroke margin over second-place ARIZONA. ARIZONA STATE finished third, followed by STANFORD and WASHINGTON. John Merrick became the fifth UCLA golfer to earn medalist honors, shooting a 12-under 276 to capture the Pac-10 crown.
In the NCAAs, Arizona State freshman Alejandro Canizares won the NCAA individual title, shooting a one-under 287 (77-70-71-69) to earn the medalist honors. Other top-10 finishers included Washington's Brock Mackenzie (5th), Arizona's Ricky Barnes (T6th) and ASU's Chez Reavie (9th). UCLA was the Conference's highest finisher at third overall.
Arizona's Ricky Barnes was named Pac-10 Golfer of the Year, while Canizares and California's Michael Wilson were named Co-Freshmen of the Year. UCLA's O.D. Vincent was named the Pac-10 Men's Golf Coach of the Year.
2003 PAC-10 MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Team Results (360-360-360-360-1440) Top-5 Individuals (72-72-72-72-288) 1. UCLA 364-362-355-358-1439 1. John Merrick, UCLA 74-70-69-63-276 2. Arizona 373-367-364-362-1466 2. Brady Stockton, ASU 73-70-74-69-286 3. Arizona State 378-365-376-356-1475 Jim Seki, Stanford 70-71-72-73-286 4. Stanford 365-368-376-369-1478 4. Alejandro Canizares, ASU 72-71-76-69-288 5. Washington 365-372-377-370-1484 Ricky Barnes, ARIZ 71-73-75-69-288 6. Oregon State 376-380-369-378-1503 7. Oregon 379-375-374-376-1504 8. California 388-374-379-364-1505 9. USC 377-391-374-373-1515 10. Washington State 378-393-372-376-1519