Stanford Earns Top Seed at Callaway Match Play Championships

March 20, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - The second-ranked Stanford men's golf team has earned the top seed at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championships which will be held March 21-23 at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

Stanford will meet 16th-seeded Indiana in Sunday's first round match beginning at 8:00 a.m., with the winner advancing to take either eighth-seeded USC or No. 9 TCU in the second round later in the afternoon.

Arizona State, the fourth seed, will tee off against Iowa, while fifth-seeded UCLA will meet Colorado State to complete the top half of the bracket.

Texas A&M, seeded third, will battle host school Arizona with the winner advancing to face the victor of No. 6 UNLV and No. 11 Middle Tennessee. Seventh-seeded Texas Tech will square off against San Diego, while No. 2 Washington will meet New Mexico in the first round.

Third round matches will be contested on Monday while the championship and consolation matches are slated for Tuesday.

Head coach Conrad Ray is expected to send out a lineup consisting of senior Joseph Bramlett, juniors Steve Ziegler and Sihwan Kim along with freshman Steve Kearney and Andre De Decker.

It will mark Bramlett's second event of the season, as the talented senior had been sidelined with a nagging wrist injury for the better part of the last two years. He made his season debut earlier the month at the USC Collegiate Invitational, where he finished tied for 16th.

Having Joseph Back has been great,' said Ray. 'He has been playing solid and his best golf is ahead of him. He brings leadership and intensity which we need.'

Ray is also anxious to see how Kearney and De Decker perform in this marquis event.

'I'm excited for Steven and Andre to get a shot in the line-up. Both have been working hard and are competitive and it speaks to our depth that they are able to qualify at this point in the season.'

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain a desert golf layout which is the home of the Accenture Match Play Championships, opened in January 2009. The course 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.

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.