May 6, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS – As the 2014 West Coast Conference Champion, BYU will represent the league at the 2014 NCAA Auburn Regional held May 15-17 at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Alabama. The finals will be conducted May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas. Wichita State is the host institution for the 2014 championships.
The Cougars qualified for the postseason by winning its inaugural WCC Championship and the first for the program since capturing the Mountain West title in 2007. BYU will make its second straight NCAA Regional appearance after qualifying last season as one of four WCC at-large teams.
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 15-17. 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.
In addition to BYU, five individuals from five programs will represent the WCC in the NCAA Regionals.
GRANT FORREST – JUNIOR – SAN DIEGO (SAN ANTONIO)
Junior Grant Forrest (North Berwick, Scotland) will represent San Diego at the NCAA San Antonio Regionals from Thurs., May 15 to Sat., May 17. Forrest was selected as one of ten individuals competing at Briggs Ranch Golf Club (par 72 - 7,206 yards), hosted by University of Texas-San Antonio.
Forrest, a 2014 Palmer Cup selection and West Coast Conference Golfer of the Year, won three tournaments in 2013-14 and currently owns a national ranking of 69th (golfstat.com). Forrest competed in all twelve tournaments and earned medalist honors at the Saint Mary’s Invitational, The Farms Collegiate Invitational, and the Redhawk Invitational. Through 36 rounds he owns a scoring average of 71.0. In winning the Redhawk Invitational at Chambers Bay (site of the 2015 U.S. Open) he opened with rounds of 63 and 65 on his way to his 11-under par 200.
CORY McELYEA – SENIOR – SAN FRANCISCO (EUGENE, ORE.)
San Francisco senior Cory McElyea is set to make his second straight NCAA Regional appearance and first as an individual. McElyea is one of 10 individuals competing in the Eugene Regional and one of four WCC golfers competing in the field at the Eugene Country Club.
The reigning California Amateur Champion, McElyea is a two-time first team all-conference selection after posting the team's lowest stroke average at 72.53 as a senior. He recorded four top-10 finishes in the team's 10 events and recently tied for fifth at the WCC Championships in Bremerton, Wash.
BYRON METH – JUNIOR – PACIFIC (EUGENE, ORE.)
With the 2014 NCAA Regional tournament just around the corner, Pacific junior Byron Meth is heading to Eugene, Ore. to take part in the postseason tournament. Meth will join nine other individuals and 13 teams including fellow WCC golfers, Cory McElyea (USF), Tyler Torano (LMU), and Frederick Wedel (PEP) at the Eugene Regional. The players will be playing the Eugene Country Club.
Meth earned his spot in the NCAA Regionals after a run-away performance at the WCC Championships last month when the junior won the annual tournament by seven strokes at eight-under par. Meth won the Tigers' third-straight individual championship title and is making his second appearance in the NCAA Regionals after the Tigers made the tournament as a team in 2013. In 2013, Meth finished his regional event at even-par at the Pullman Regional.
TYLER TORANO – SENIOR – LOYOLA MARYMOUNT (EUGENE, ORE.)
LMU senior Tyler Torano will continue his final season of play with the Lions, earning an individual selection to the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships. It is his second straight selection to the NCAA tournament and he will play in the Oregon Regional.
Torano is just the third Lion to earn multiple regional appearances, joining Brian Locke (2006, 07, 08) and Jason D'Amore(2006, 08). Torano led the Lions in stroke average for the third straight season, hitting an average 73.0, giving him a career average of 73.3. He earned his second straight First-Team All-WCC selection after finishing 11th at the 2014 West Coast Conference Championship.
Torano is one of 10 individuals at the regional hosted by the University of Oregon at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore. Play begins on Thursday, May 15 with the first 18-hole round. The second round will be played on Friday, May 16 with the final round on Saturday, May 17.
FREDERICK WEDEL – SOPHOMORE – PEPPERDINE (EUGENE, ORE.)
Frederick Wedel of the Pepperdine men’s golf team will see his season continue as the sophomore was selected to play in an NCAA Regional next week in Eugene, Ore. Wedel is one of 10 individuals (as well as 13 teams) headed to Eugene Country Club. Three rounds will be played between May 15-17.
Wedel has a team-best 72.97 scoring average in 2013-14. At 11 tournaments, he’s posted team bests of four top-10 and six top-20 finishes. He earned All-West Coast Conference honorable mention honors after tying for 13th place at the WCC Championships two weeks ago. Wedel has played in the top 13 at three straight and four of the last five tournaments, including a career-best-tying tie for fourth place at the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational.