Men's Golf Heads To NCAA West Regionals

May 18, 2004

THE TOURNEY--The No. 11 USC men's golf team travels to Sunriver, Ore., for the 2004 NCAA West Regional Championships held at Crosswater Country Club on May 20-22 (Thurs.-Sat.). The University of Portland is the host.

FORMAT--A total of 27 teams and six individuals will compete at the tournament, with the top 10 teams slated to advance to the NCAA Championships in Hot Springs, Virg. on June 1-4. Three rounds will be played on the par 72, 7,597-yard course.

TEAMS--The following teams are scheduled to compete: UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, USC, Brigham Young, California, UNLV, Washington, New Mexico, Pepperdine, Colorado State, Toledo, UTEP, Central Florida, San Diego State, Stanford, UNC Wilmington, Furman, Denver, New Mexico State, UC Riverside, UC Irvine, Coastal Carolina, Long Beach State, Louisiana-Monroe, Loyola (Maryland) and Wright State.

LAST YEAR'S REGIONALS--USC finished in a tie for seventh at the 2003 NCAA West Regionals held in Auburn, Wash. Taylor Wood was Troy's top individual, tying for 12th.

SO FAR THIS YEAR--USC has nine top-10 finishes and six top-5 finishes so far this season. The Trojans' best finish was a second place at the Cleveland Golf Classic.

LEADING THE WAY--Four Trojans are averaging under 73 stokes per round, led by junior Ben Hayes at 72.47. Junior Nico Bollini averages 72.59 per round and was named an All-Pac-10 second-team selection.

LIVE STATS--Live stats for the tournament can be accessed through www.golfstat.com.

Teams Competing (seeding in parentheses):

1. UCLA2. Arizona State3. Arizona4. Southern California5. Brigham Young6. California7. UNLV8. Washington9. New Mexico10. Pepperdine11. Colorado State12. Toledo13. Texas-El Paso14. Central Florida15. San Diego State16. Stanford17. UNC-Wilmington18. Furman19. Denver20. New Mexico State21. Cal-Riverside22. Cal-Irvine23. Coastal Carolina24. Long Beach State25. Louisiana-Monroe26. Loyola (Md.)27. Wright State

Individuals:Matt Kodama, HawaiiTravis Bertoni, Cal-PolyGraham DeLaet, Boise StateChad Spencer, Fresno StateJoe Lanza, St. Mary's (Calif.)Garrett Clegg, Utah

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