SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Two West Coat Conference programs and four individuals will compete in the 2016 NCAA Regionals as announced Thursday. Saint Mary’s, the 2016 WCC Champions, will make compete in its third regional in the last five seasons, while Pepperdine, the 2015 WCC Champions, will march to its second straight postseason and 21st overall.
Following one of the most dominant WCC Championships in conference history, the Gaels are seeded No. 9 in Arizona, while the Waves are No. 7 in Tennessee.
Patrick Fishburn of BYU and Hayden Shieh of Santa Clara will compete at the New Mexico Regional on the Championship Course at the University of New Mexico. The WCC will also have two individual golfers in the field at the Arizona Regional. Gonzaga's Sean Walsh is the first GU golfer in program history to qualify for the championships and will be joined by San Diego's Alex Chiarella.
A total of 81 teams will compete in regionals. The six sites are: Franklin, Tenn. (Vanderbilt Legends Club), Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Ol’ Colony Golf Complex), Marana, Ariz. (Gallery Golf Club), Kohler, Wis. (Blackwolf Run Meadow Valleys Course), Albuquerque, N.M. (UNM Championship Course) and Stillwater, Okla. (Karsten Golf Club).
SAINT MARY’S - NCAA ARIZONA REGIONAL (Gallery Golf Club)
The West Coast Conference champion Saint Mary's golf team will join some of the nation's top programs in the NCAA Regional Championships at Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Ariz. on May 16-18.
SMC is seeded ninth in Marana and joins top-seeded Stanford, Wake Forest, Cal, Oregon, North Carolina, North Florida, UAB, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, North Texas, Louisiana Tech, UC Riverside and Siena in the 14-team field.
The NCAA golf championships consist of six 54-hole regional tournaments. Thirteen teams and ten individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 27-June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore. The University of Oregon is the host institution for the 2016 championships.
Saint Mary's has participated in five NCAA regional events since 2005, including three in the last four seasons. In 2013, the Gaels finished a program-high third in the West Regional in Pullman, Wash. and advanced to the its second NCAA Championships. SMC also qualified for the 2008 finals after finishing seventh in the West Regional in Bremerton, Wash.
The Gaels are coming off their third WCC team championship in the last five seasons with a record-breaking performance two weeks ago at Blackhawk Country Club in Danville. SMC set a tournament record with a 25-under par 839 and won the title by 23 strokes over runner-up Pepperdine.
PEPPERDINE – NCAA VANDERBILT REGIONAL (Vanderbilt Legends Club)
Pepperdine men’s golf team will play in the NCAA Regionals for the 21st time in program history, as the Waves learned today that they will be headed to Tennessee for the upcoming postseason event.
Pepperdine is the #7 seed at the 13-team regional, which is being hosted by Vanderbilt from May 16-18 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
Pepperdine has tied a school record with nine top-five finishes this season, and the Waves will need to attain one more to have their season continue. The top five teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held May 27 to June 1 at the Eugene (Ore.) Country Club.
In order of seeding, the teams headed to the Waves’ regional are Texas, Vanderbilt, LSU, Washington, Virginia, Houston, Pepperdine, Kennesaw State, Michigan, Troy, East Carolina, Tennessee-Martin and Georgetown.
The 1997 NCAA champions, Pepperdine is attempting to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2011 and the ninth time overall. The Waves boast three top-10 finishes in their history.