No. 4 UW Men's Golf Looking For NCAA Regional Title

May 13, 2009

ALVATON, Ky. - The fourth-ranked Washington men's golf team tees-off Thursday at the NCAA Central Regional Championships at The Club at Olde Stone as the tournament's top seed for the first time in school history.

A new NCAA regional format this year includes six sites with five teams from each site advancing to the NCAA championships in Toledo, Ohio. Washington is the top seed in the Central Regional, while 10 of the 13 participating teams are ranked among the nation's top 50 in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

Washington will begin play at 5:30 a.m. (Pacific) time and is paired with Georgia Tech and North Carolina State - both Atlantic Coast Conference schools. Junior Chris Killmer will be the first Husky off the first tee, followed by sophomore Tze Huang Choo, junior Darren Wallace, junior Richard Lee and junior Nick Taylor.

The Huskies will be looking to advance to its seventh NCAA championships appearance in the last eight seasons and is hoping to improve upon last year's seventh-place finish.

Last season, the Huskies finished fourth at the NCAA West Regionals at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. then went on to finish seventh out of 30 teams at the NCAA Championships behind a solid second-place performance by Nick Taylor.

Two weeks ago, the Huskies won their fifth Pac-10 Conference title at Seattle Golf Club. Washington dominated the league championships with an 18-stroke victory over second-place Oregon while three Huskies earned top-10 finishes. Wallace won individual honors at 11-under, just four strokes better than teammate Taylor.


Site: Club at Olde Stone, Bowling Green, Ky.
Dates: May 14-16 (Thursday-Saturday), practice round on Wednesday, May 13
Host school: Western Kentucky
Admission: Free

Teams competing (in order of seed): 1. Washington, 2. Georgia Tech, 3. NC State, 4. UCLA, 5. Mississippi, 6. East Tennessee State, 7. Duke, 8. Louisville, 9. Ohio State, 10. Vanderbilt, 11. Middle Tennessee State, 12. Austin Peay State, 13. Cleveland State, 14. Bucknell

Individuals competing (in order of seed): 1. Mike Van Sickle, Marquette, 2. Sebastian MacLean, Xavier, 3. Trey Bowling, Eastern Kentucky, 4. Tyler Duncan, Purdue, 5. John Montgomery, Alabama State

Format: 54 holes (18 each day). Each team has five players, with the low four individual scores each day counting toward the team total. The top five teams and one individual not on those teams after 54 holes advance to the 112th NCAA Men's Division I Championship May 26-30 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (all times local)
Wednesday, May 13
- practice rounds from 5 a.m. to 7:10 a.m. Pacific Time from the No. 1 and 10 tees, according to seed
Thursday, May 14 - first round, tee times from 5:30 - 7:20 a.m. PT from the No. 1 and 10 tees
Friday, May 15 - second round, from 5:30 - 7:20 a.m. PT from the No. 1 and 10 tees
Saturday, May 16 - third and final round from 6:30 - 8:50 a.m. PT from the No. 1 and 10 tees (leaders tee off early, tee times based on 36-hole standing)

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