Cardinal Men Prepare For Pac-10 Championships

April 22, 2004

Cardinal Travel To Tucson: The Stanford men's golf team prepares for the 45th Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships which 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 State
Group 2 (1st Tee - 7:48 a.m.): Arizona State, Washington
Group 3 (1st Tee - 8:36 a.m.): UCLA , Stanford
Group 4 (10th Tee - 7:24 a.m.): California, Oregon
Group 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.

Results: At the conclusion of each round, results will be available via the internet. Point yourbrowser to the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org, the Arizona website, www.arizonaathletics.com, orwww.golfstat.com.

In The 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 Zack Miller rounds out the Top-50 for the Pac-10 at No. 47.

Stanford Preview: The Cardinal are led by freshman Zack 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.

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. The Cardinal shot a four-round total of 1478 (365-368-376-369). Jim Seki tied for second individually with a 286 (70-71-72-73) while teammate Ron Won placed 20th (298). Kevin Blue tied for 23rd (300) and George Downing tied for 32nd (303). Blake Mastalir tied for 37th (304).

Up Next: 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).

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