Men's Golf Starts Match-Play Competition Sunday
March 19, 2010
Fourth-seeded Arizona State, led by 2010 Southern Highlands Collegiate Master's Champion Jesper Kennegard, will take on Iowa in the first round of the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, held March 21-23 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.
Kennegard, a junior, leads the team with a 72.71 stroke average and won the Southern Highlands (Las Vegas) tournament last weekend. He has three collegiate tournament titles in his three seasons.
Junior Scott Pinckney has a 72.96 stroke average, senior Knut Borsheim is at 74.00, junior James Byrne is at 74.83, while senior Braxton Marquez is at 79.00 but played some of the best golf of his career recently when he qualified and made the cut at the 2010 Phoenix Open.
Top-seeded Stanford battles 16th-seeded Indiana in the opening round and play the winner of the eighth-seeded Southern California and No. 9 TCU. Fifth-seeded UCLA vs. Colorado State completes the top half of the bracket.
Texas A&M grabbed the third seed and will battle host school Arizona. The winner will face the victor of the six vs. eleven match between UNLV and defending tournament champion Middle Tennessee. Seventh-seeded Texas Tech will square off against San Diego. No. 2 Washington against New Mexico is the final first-round pairing.
The opening round tees off at 8 a.m. Sunday, March 21.
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountin a desert golf layout, which opened in January 2009, features elevation changes from 2,300 to 3,000 feet, and distinct character that blends naturally among majestic saguaros that stand along the surrounding Tortolita Mountain Range. Jack Nicklaus' first in the Tucson area in 25 years, the 27-hole Dove Mountain facility offers three distinct nines - the Saguaro, Tortolita and Wild Burro. Each is not only a true test of golf for the best players in the game, but also one that is challenging, yet enjoyable, for resort guests. The Callaway Collegiate Match Play is to be contested on the Saguaro and Tortolita nines, just as is the Accenture Match Play Championship. They form a par 72 that measure 7,833 yards.