Men's Golf Championship In Corvallis
Cardinal freshman Patrick Rodgers is the top-ranked Pac-12 golfer at No. 3 in the nation.
Host: Oregon State
Location: Corvallis, Ore.
Venue: Trysting Tree Golf Club
Dates: April 27-29
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OFF THE TEE
It should be a hotly-contested team race as six Pac-12 teams are currently ranked among the Top 12 in the nation (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings) - No. 3 UCLA, No. 5 USC, No. 6 STANFORD, No. 7 CALIFORNIA, No. 10 and No. 12 WASHINGTON. . . The individual race should be just as exciting as 15 players are listed among the nation's Top 50.
There's a good reason UCLA is ranked No. 3 this week as six individuals are ranked among the Top 67 individuals in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay, last season's Pac-12 Player of the Year and the Jack Nicklaus Award winner as the nation's top collegiate golfer, sits 13th in the latest rankings and is coming off a Master's performance that earned him low amateur honors as he played Augusta National to a 7-over 295 (71-78-74-72). He recently fired a 2-under 208 to finish second at the Western Intercollegiate and currently leads the 3rd-ranked Bruins with a 71.2 scoring average.
The defending league champion USC Trojans are fifth in the latest rankings, with five individuals holding down a ranking of 88th or better. USC senior Steve Lim (No. 18) and sophomore Jeffrey Kang (No. 42) each have earned medalist honors this season with Lim capturing first at the Gifford Collegiate Championship and Kang holding down the top spot at the Amer Ari Invitational. Lim paces USC with a 71.5 scoring average. Defending Pac-12 champion Martin Trainer is ranked No. 88.
Big Drive, Big Chip, Big Putt... STANFORD (No. 6) and CALIFORNIA (No. 7) are battling for Bay Area supremacy on the links. Stanford has finished among the top five in six tournaments this season, while California has posted top five finishes in each of its 11 tournaments, including a school record four tournament victories. Cardinal freshman Patrick Rodgers, the top-ranked Pac-12 golfer at No. 3 in the nation, earned medalist honors in his most recent outing at the Western Intercollegiate where he fired a 4-under 206. It was his second win of the year. He also finished in the top-10 in eight of his nine tournaments in his rookie year. Junior teammate Andrew Yun is currently ranked 19th. For the Golden Bears, junior Max Homa is ranked 34th after posting four top-five finishes this season. He leads the Bears with a 71.4 stroke average, followed by freshman Michael Kim at 71.5.
The 10th-ranked OREGON Ducks have won five of nine tournaments this season. Senior Eugene Wong (No. 7) has five top-three finishes this season, including medalist honors at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational. Senior teammate Daniel Miernicki (No. 26) has four top-three finishes, including a recent medalist honor at the U.S. Intercollegiate.
At No. 12, WASHINGTON is the sixth Pac-12 team ranked among the top 12 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin team rankings. The Huskies have posted eight top-five finishes this season and are led by junior Chris Williams (No. 6) and freshman Cheng-Tsung Pan (No. 29) - both are semifinalists for the Ben Hogan Award honoring the nation's top collegiate golfer. Each recorded five top-10 finishes, while Williams led the Huskies with low score in seven of nine tournaments.
Three Pac-12 golfers represented the United States at the 2011 Walker Cup - UCLA's Patrick Cantlay, Stanford's Patrick Rodgers and Washington's Chris Williams . . . The last time the Championship was held in Corvallis (Trysting Tree Golf Club) was 2002 when USC captured the team title and host Oregon State finished third. Stanford's Jim Seki earned medalist honors with a 4-under 284 . . . ARIZONA STATE coach Tim Mickelson is in his first season with the Sun Devils and his roster is stocked with youth as six of the nine players are freshmen. The Pac-12 Championships mark the return of Mickelson to Corvallis where he concluded his collegiate career at Oregon State. He earned Academic All-Pac-10 honors in 1997 and 1998. At OSU, Mickelson finished second individually at the 2000 Pac-10 Championships. The current holder of numerous OSU golf records, including low 18, 36, 54, and 72-hole scoring records, he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies . . . Colorado and Utah will be participating in their first Pac-12 Men's Golf Championship.
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