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Three WCC Men's Golf Teams Earn 2015 NCAA Regional Berths

May 4, 2015

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. --
Three West Coast Conference men's golf programs qualified for the 2015 NCAA Regionals as announced today. WCC Champion Pepperdine will make its 20th postseason appearance as the automatic qualifier, while Saint Mary's and San Diego each captured at-large selections.

A conference record eight WCC programs will be represented in the postseason with the Waves, Gaels and Toreros sending teams and BYU, Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Pacific and Santa Clara advancing individuals.

NCAA Regional action commences Thursday, May 14 through Saturday, May 16.

The Waves are the No. 12 seed at the 14-team regional, which is being hosted by the University of Washington from May 14-16. The top five teams will advance to the NCAA Championships (May 29-June 3 at The Concessions Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.), as will the top individual from a non-qualifying team.

The 14 schools, in order of seeding, are: South Carolina, Washington, USC, Baylor, UAB, TCU, Iowa State, Sam Houston State, Michigan, UC Davis, VCU, Pepperdine, Cleveland State and South Dakota.

The Waves are no stranger to Gold Mountain, having played in the Husky Invitational at this course each of the last four years.

"Although we haven't exactly played well there, as a team we've probably played the course second-most behind Washington among the teams in the regional, so that's nice," Pepperdine Coach Michael Beard said. "I think our guys will have a good idea of what we're getting into. We'll just have to play well. Just because we've played there, that's not going to give us a top-five finish."

Pepperdine is making its 20th regional in program history. The Waves will be attempting to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the ninth time overall and the first since 2011. Pepperdine won the 1997 NCAA Championship among its three top-10 finishes. The Waves earned the West Coast Conference's automatic qualifier by winning the league championship in mid-April at Saticoy Country Club in Somis, Calif. Pepperdine rallied to edge Pacific by three strokes.

For the third time in the last four seasons, the Saint Mary's men's golf program was invited to participate in the NCAA Championships when the Division I Men's Golf Committee revealed the 81-team regional field this morning on Golf Channel Morning Drive.

The Gaels were selected as an at-large participant and will join 12 other teams at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. SMC is joined in the San Diego regional by top-seeded Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Virginia, Georgia, East Tennessee State, Mississippi, host San Diego, Idaho, Wichita State and Eastern Kentucky.

In addition to the participating teams, 10 individual qualifiers will be competing for a spot at the NCAA finals, which will be hosted by the University of South Florida and is scheduled for May 29-June 3 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.

Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 14-16. 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.

Saint Mary's is coming off a 3rd place finish at the West Coast Conference Championships nearly three weeks ago. Freshman Perry Cohen and junior Jonathan De Los Reyes earned first-team all-WCC honors and finished among the top 10 at the league championships. Head coach Scott Hardy earned league coach of the year honors for the eighth time.

The Gaels will be appearing in their fifth NCAA regional championships and third in the last four seasons. SMC made its first regional appearance in 2005 and was invited to the 2008, 2012 and 2013 events, the last two as WCC champions. Saint Mary's has advanced to the NCAA Championships twice, in 2008 at Kampen Course in West Lafaeytte, Ind. and 2013 at Capital City Club in Milton, Ga.

The USD men's golf team was selected for the San Diego NCAA Regional Championships to be held at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the NCAA announced on the Golf Channel Monday morning. The Toreros, who will be the host school, currently are ranked No. 55 in the nation (Golfstat.com).

The six 54-hole regional tournaments will be played May 14-16. Thirteen teams and 10 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 Toreros are one of 13 teams that include No. 3 Arizona State, which owns the No. 1 seed for the San Diego Regional. The Sun Devils are followed by No. 10 Georgia Tech and No. 14 Oklahoma at the par-72, 6,947-yard The Farms Golf Club. The top five teams and the top individual not on those teams from each region will advance to the NCAA Championships, to be held May 29-June 3 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.

The Toreros are paced by senior Grant Forrest (North Berwick, Scotland), a four-time All-WCC First Team selection who is currently ranked No. 69 in the nation. USD's top finishes this season included a first place at the Saint Mary's College Invitational; second place finishes at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational and Barona Collegiate Cup; and a third place showing at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.

This marks the eighth time USD has advanced to the NCAA Regionals and seventh time in the past eight seasons. USD advanced out of Regionals to Nationals three straight years from 2009-2011 with a program-best tie for 8th in 2010. This marks the second time USD has hosted the Regional at The Farms Golf Club, with the first time back in 2011.

Student-athletes representing five league programs will compete in NCAA Regional play as individuals. All five earned WCC First Team honors in 2015. Connor Campbell of Loyola Marymount finished third at the WCC Championships and he will compete in the San Diego Regional along with 2015 WCC Freshman of the Year Hayden Shieh of Santa Clara. Byron Meth of Pacific will make his second straight NCAA postseason, competing in the Bremerton Regional. The 2014 WCC Medalist and US Amateur Public Links medalist will join Gonzaga's James Fahy and BYU's Jordan Rodgers. Fahy is the first Bulldog in program history to compete in an NCAA Regional.

From PepperdineSports.com, SMCGaels.com and USDToreros.com