Arizona to host 2014 Pac-12 men's golf championships
WHAT: Pac-12 Conference Men’s Golf Championship (55th Annual)
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, April 25- 27, 2014
HOST: Arizona will host the 72-hole Championship
COURSE: The Gallery Golf Club, Marana, Ariz. Par 72, 7,349 yards
2014 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SCHEDULE: A practice round will take place on Thursday, April 24 at 9 a.m. before the tournament beings on Friday morning. Friday’s Tee times will be off No. 1 and No. 10 at 7:30 a.m., followed by the second round teeing off at 12:30 p.m. Tee times for Saturday will begin at 7:30 a.m. off No. 1 and No. 10. Sunday’s round will begin at 7:30 a.m. off No. 1 and No. 10 with pairings decided by order of finish.
TEAM PAIRINGS AND TEE TIMES
Rd. 1 /Rd. 2
7:30 a.m./12:30 p.m. California #6, Colorado #6, USC #6
7:40 a.m./12:40 p.m. California #5, Colorado #5, USC #5
7:50 a.m./12:50 p.m. California #4, Colorado #4, USC #4
8:00 a.m./1:00 p.m. California #3, Colorado #3, USC #3
8:10 a.m./1:10 p.m. California #2, Colorado #2, USC #2
8:20 a.m./1:20 p.m. California #1, Colorado #1, USC #1
8:30 a.m./1:30 p.m. Washington #6, Oregon #6, Utah #6
8:40 a.m./1:40 p.m. Washington #5, Oregon #5, Utah #5
8:50 a.m./1:50 p.m. Washington #4, Oregon #4, Utah #4
9:00 a.m./2:00 p.m. Washington #3, Oregon #3, Utah #3
9:10 a.m./2:10 p.m. Washington #2, Oregon #2, Utah #2
9:20 a.m./2:20 p.m. Washington #1, Oregon #1, Utah #1
Rd. 1/Rd. 2
7:30 a.m./12:30 p.m. UCLA #6, Stanford #6, Washington State #6
7:40 a.m./12:40 p.m. UCLA #5, Stanford #5, Washington State #5
7:50 a.m./12:50 pm. UCLA #4, Stanford #4, Washington State #4
8:00 a.m./1:00 p.m. UCLA #3, Stanford #3, Washington State #3
8:10 a.m./1:10 p.m. UCLA #2, Stanford #2, Washington State #2
8:20 a.m./1:20 p.m. UCLA #1, Stanford #1, Washington State #1
8:30 a.m./1:30 p.m. Arizona #6, Oregon State #6, Arizona State #6
8:40 a.m./1:40 p.m. Arizona #5, Oregon State #5, Arizona State #5
8:50 a.m./1:50 p.m. Arizona #4, Oregon State #4, Arizona State #4
9:00 a.m./2:00 p.m. Arizona #3, Oregon State #3, Arizona State #3
9:10 a.m./2:10 p.m. Arizona #2, Oregon State #2, Arizona State #2
9:20 a.m./2:20 p.m. Arizona #1, Oregon State #1, Arizona State #1
TOURNAMENT SCORING: The top-five individuals from each team with the lowest scores for any 18-hole round constitute the scoring members of the six member team for that given round. The team championship will be awarded to the squad with the lowest total combined score for all rounds.
OFF THE TEE...
ARIZONA will serve as host of the 55th Annual Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championship at the Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Ariz., April 27-29. With five teams ranked among the top 20 in the nation, the competition should provide for an exciting Championship. Conference teams are rife with talent across all classes, and the Pac-12 Championship may, once again, present a wild finish.
CALIFORNIA will look to defend its Pac-12 title for the second straight year. The last time a team won three or more consecutive Conference golf titles was Arizona State with six straight titles from 1995-2000. The fifth-ranked (Golfweek team ranking) Golden Bears are led by senior Brandon Hagy (70.59 avg, eight top 5 finishes this season) and senior Joël Stalter (71.59 avg, six top 10 finishes this season). Cal enters the Championship having won six of 11 regular-season tournaments in 2013-14 and captured 24 of its last 37 stroke-play events overall dating back to the beginning of the 2011-12 campaign.
Sixth-ranked STANFORD has won three of the last four tournaments and is paced by the nation’s top-ranked golfer (Golfstat individual ranking) in junior Patrick Rodgers (69.58 avg, four medalist honors this season) and senior Cameron Wilson (69.93 avg, five top 5 finishes this season). Rodgers has won nine times, including three straight tournament victories this spring, in his Stanford career. He trails the school record of 11 victories by Tiger Woods. Wilson, a recent selection for the Palmer Cup, is currently ranked 2nd in the latest Golfstat rankings. He enters the Pac-12 Championship coming off a victory at the Western Intercollegiate.
For No. 11 Washington, Junior Cheng-Tsung Pan (70.00 avg, three top 10 finishes), a semifinalist for the Hogan Award for the third straight year, tops the Husky squad in scoring average, followed by senior Trevor Simsby (70.40 avg, five top 10 finishes), and freshman Corey Pereira (70.90 avg, four top 10 finishes). Washington has finished among the top four in nine of 10 tournaments this season.
No. 17 UCLA will contend with a pair of sophomores in Jonathan Garrick (70.63 avg, five top 10 finishes) and Lorens Chan (71.41 avg, four top 10 finishes). As a team, the Bruins have finished in the top 5 in seven tournaments this season, including five of the last six.
No. 20 USC led by freshman phenom Rico Hoey (70.59 avg, six top 5 finishes, including in each of the last four tournaments). He has a team-best 14 rounds in the 60s, including a recent streak of seven in a row. Among his top 5 finishes was a win at the Gifford Collegiate tournament at 8-under 202 (68-66-68). USC has won a Pac-12 best 19 Conference Championships.
Jon Rahm (69.85 avg, six top 10 finishes), last year’s Pac-12 Freshman of the year, will look to keep No. 27 ARIZONA STATE in contention. A senior-less squad, the Sun Devils will rely on two sophomores, three freshman and a junior to lead them at the Pac-12’s.
Keep an eye on these individuals... ARIZONA senior Erik Oja (71.03 avg) will look to take advantage of the local course and contend for medalist honors... COLORADO will field a squad that includes three freshmen - identical twins, Jeremy and Yannik Paul, and Ethan Freeman. That trio has combined for a 73.21 score average... OREGON freshman Thomas Lim (71.43 avg) began his college career with a nine-stroke victory at the Kikkor Individual with a 12-under 201 (68-67-66)... Senior David Fink (72.33 avg) has been OREGON STATE’s top perfomer this season and will look to improve on last year’s 17th place finish at the Pac-12 Championship... UTAH sophomore Jonathon Thomas (72.6 avg) has had 12 rounds under par this season... WASHINGTON STATE senior Blake Snyder (73.06 avg) has posted three top 5 finishes this season, including a tie for fourth at the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational.
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE GALLERY GOLF CLUB...
2014 marks the fourth time that the University of Arizona has hosted the Conference Championship (1984, 1994, 2004, 2014). It’ll be the second time the event has been contested at the Gallery Golf Club as the host Wildcats took team honors at the 2004 Pac-10 Championshis with a 10-over 1455 (357-363-365-365) and Arizona’s Henry Liaw earned medalist honors with a 9-under 279 (69-70-72-68). Tucson National was site of the 1994 Championship, while Tucson Country Club was site of the 1984 Championship.
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