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Pepperdine, Saint Mary's and San Diego Men's Golf Selected to Participate in NCAA West Regional

May 6, 2008

The Pepperdine men's golf team was selected as the #15 seed at the NCAA West Regional, which will be held May 15-17 at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.

The Waves finished in second place at the WCC Championships on Apr. 15, but received an at large bid to the regional field. Pepperdine advances to the NCAA West Regionals for the 10th consecutive season.

The top 10 teams at the NCAA West Regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships from May 28-31 at Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Ind. The Waves will be seeking a return to the NCAA Championships after falling two shots short of qualifying in 2007. The Waves finished in 12th place at the 2008 NCAA West Regionals.

Pepperdine played at the Gold Mountain Golf Club earlier this season, finishing in third place at the Husky Invitational from Oct. 1-2. Carl Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) was the Waves' top finisher, as he ended the event in a tie for third place.

"We're excited to be going to the West Regionals," Pepperdine Coach John Geiberger said. "It's a course we played in the fall, and we had some success there. We're glad to be going to the West, but you still have to play well and the West looks to be one of the strongest regionals from 1-10. From a preparation standpoint, it makes it easier for us since we know the course."

For the second time in four years, the Saint Mary's men's golf team has been selected to participate in the NCAA Golf Championships, as announced on Monday. The Gaels earned an 18-seed in the 2008 Western Regional, which will take place at the Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton, WA on May 15-17.

"I am really happy for the team and its great to see them rewarded for a solid year," said eighth year head coach Scott Hardy. "We are looking forward to competing in and hopefully advancing through the West Regional."

With the selection into this year's 81-team field, it marks just the second time that the Saint Mary's golf team has been selected to the post-season tournament. The first selection came in 2005 when Hardy, the five-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year, led the Gaels to the school's first ever post-season berth.

With the team being selected to this year's tournament, it marks the fifth straight year that Saint Mary's has been represented in the tournament. In 2004, Joe Lanza was selected as an individual, the team was selected in 2005, Chadd Cocco was an individual selection in 2006, and Mike McRae was selected as an individual last year.

Following the team's selection in 2008, Mike McRae commented, "I am thrilled with this opportunity as it's a testament to a great career. This team has worked very hard to this point, and its great to have a chance to play for a national championship as I close out my career at Saint Mary's."

According to the Golfstat rankings, Saint Mary's will enter the NCAA West Regional ranked 55th in the country. The Gaels have a four-player stroke average of 288.52, which ranks 14th overall in the nation. Saint Mary's also ranks second nationally in green in regulation (.691), sixth in fairways hit (.738), and 10th in par four scoring (4.12).

In addition to the team's stellar play this season, seniors Mike McRae, Chadd Cocco and Josh Kelley were all on the 2004-05 team that went to the school's first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. McRae has had the best year of the three, as he currently ranks 30th in the nation in stroke average (71.64) and he is the nation's 85th ranked player according to Golfstat.

The San Diego men's golf team, led by 5th-year head coach Tim Mickelson, found out that they are heading to Seattle, Washington as a participant in the 2008 NCAA Western Regional Golf Championships (May 15-17). USD, which won the West Coast Conference title and the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Championships, is making its second trip in three years (first since 2006). With 27 teams and 6 individuals competing at Gold Mountain Golf Club (par 72; 7104 yards) in Bremerton, Washington, USD enters as the No. 24 seed. The other two regional sites are Chattanooga, Tenn. (Council Fire Golf Club) and Columbus, Ohio (Scarlet Golf Course).

"We are excited to be heading to Gold Mountain in Washington for the West Regional," said head coach Tim Mickelson. "We feel this course suits our guys well and I fully expect them to perform well next week. All three regionals are very well balanced this year so it didn't really matter which one we were sent to. However, the course plays long with some thick rough so ball striking will be a key and we are definitely a good ball striking team. While the competition is tough, I feel we have a legitimate shot of advancing through the West Regional next week. It will be exciting to see if the guys can pull it off."

For the past three seasons Jason D'Amore and Brian Locke have been Loyola Marymount's dynamic duo for the men's golf program, leading the Lions to new levels of success never seen before. For senior Jason D'Amore and junior Brian Locke, they will have another shot. The duo has been tabbed as individual selections for the 2008 NCAA West Regional at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash., May 15-17.

This will be the second regional appearance for D'Amore, who is in his last season for the Lions. For Locke, it is his third straight. Both led the Lions to the West Coast Conference Championship in 2006 and to a sixth place finish at the 2006 West Regional, advancing to the school's first NCAA Men's Golf Championship appearance. The duo paced the Lions in each event that season.

A year ago, it was more of the same as 2007, Locke was chosen as an individual. The duo led the Lions to a pair of tournament titles as they have earned first-team All-WCC a combined seven times.

Locke is the all-time leader in career average at 71.8, including his 72.3 this season. As for D'Amore, the first four-time first-team All-WCC selection, he has a career average of 73.2 and is at 73.0 this season. Locke and D'Amore and one-two in all-time top-five finishes with 14 and 13, respectively.

The duo will take on 42nd different course of their tour together at the West Regional. The Pacific Northwest's Gold Moutnain Club hosted the 81st U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in 2006. It will play around 7.035 yards and is a par-72. The course includes a 625-yard par-5 on the ninth.

The NCAA Championship consists of three regional sites (West, Central, East) with 27 teams and six individuals competing in each regional championship. The top 10 teams and top two individuals not on those teams from each regional will advance to the National Championship (May 28-31), hosted by Purdue University on the Kampen Course at Birck Boilermaker Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ind.

Three 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 15-17, with 10 teams and two individuals, not on advancing teams, will move on from each regional to the championship finals. The championships will be conducted May 28-31 on the Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University is the host institution for this year's championships.

NCAA WEST REGIONAL - May 15-17
Gold Mountain Golf Course - Bremerton, WA
Hosted by the University of Washington
Teams (seeded in the following order):

1 USC
2 UCLA
3 Florida State
4 Stanford
5 Clemson
6 UNLV
7 North Carolina
8 Texas Tech
9 Central Florida
10 Arizona State
11 San Diego State
12 Texas
13 LSU
14 Oregon State
15 Pepperdine
16 Oregon
17 California
18 Saint Mary's
19 Kentucky
20 Wisconsin
21 Washington
22 Oklahoma
23 Kansas State
24 San Diego
25 Denver
26 Navy
27 Columbia

Individuals:
1 Troy Merritt, Boise State

2 Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount

3 Tarquin Macmanus, Arizona

4 Jason D'Amore, Loyola Marymount
5 Nathan Stamey, North Carolina-Greensboro

6. Jimmy Lytle, Elon