Eight Pac-10 Teams Set for NCAA Men's Golf Championships Finals
May 28, 2010
WHO: ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON, OREGON STATE, UCLA, USC, STANFORD and WASHINGTON
WHAT/WHEN: NCAA Men's Golf Championships Finals, Tuesday, June 1 - Sunday, June 6
WHERE: The Honors Course; Chattanooga, Tenn.
The 2010 NCAA Championships will see the team champion determined via match play for the second-straight year, as 2009 was the first time the winner wasn't awarded by total strokes since 1965. The top eight teams after 54 holes of stroke play will advance to match play with the quarterfinals being held Friday, June 4, the semifinals on Saturday, June 5 and the championship match set for Sunday, June 6. During the match-play portion, each match will be worth one point with all five players participating. The first team to win three points within the team match will win the match. The NCAA individual champion will be crowned after the first three-rounds of stroke play competition (Tuesday, June 1- Thursday, June 3).
HOW: ARIZONA STATE is making its eighth-consecutive trip and 17th overall to the NCAA Championship finals. The Sun Devils finished tied for fourth in the Southeast Regional with a team score of 23-over 863 to advance. The team was led by junior Scott Pickney who finished tied for 10th overall at 1-over 211. The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn., brings back great memories for ASU because they won the 1996 national title on the course. CALIFORNIA is headed to the NCAA Championships finals for the first time since 2004 when they won the NCAA title. The Golden Bears earned their spot with a score of 22-over 886, to finish tied for third in the Southwest Regional. Freshman Michael Weaver led the Bears with an eighth-place individual finish, scoring of 1-over 217. OREGON has earned the overall top seed for the finals, after winning the Southwest Regional with a team score of 6-over 870. The Ducks are making their third-consecutive finals appearance, the second-best mark in school history. Daniel Miernicki finished one shot behind the leader, taking second with a score of 2-under 214 . STANFORD is seeded second overall behind Oregon. The Cardinal is seeking its ninth national title with its last one in 2007. The team shot 6-under 274 to claim the Central Regional title and was led by sophomore David Chung who tied for fourth at six-under 206. USC is seeded eighth and competing in its fourth-straight NCAA Championships final and 51st in school history. The Trojans punched their ticket after taking second at 9-over 873 at the West Regional. USC has the second-youngest squad in the finals behind rival UCLA. UCLA is advancing to its eighth-consecutive NCAA final after posting a 4-under 836 to finish second as a team. The Bruins boast the youngest squad in the field and were led by sophomore Gregor Main who finished with a score of 4-under 66 to finish tied for 16th individually. OREGON STATE is advancing to its first NCAA Championships final in nine years. The Beavers will be making their ninth trip in school history after a fourth-place finish with a score of 12-over 876 at the West Regional. WASHINGTON, the No. 3 seed, won the West Regional with a score of 20-under 844 to win the team title by 29 strokes. The Huskies are led by Ben Hogan Award winner senior Nick Taylor. The award is given to the top men's collegiate golfer in the country and Taylor became only the second Pac-10 men's golfer to ever win the award.