May 7, 2007
Los Angeles, CA (May 7) - For the second consecutive year, sophomore Brian Locke will make a trip to Arizona for the NCAA West Regional. This year, Locke was chosen as an at-large individual, one of six chosen to the each of the three regionals announced on Monday by the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Committee. Locke will play in the West Regional on May 17-19 at Arizona State's Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.
Locke and the Lions went to the NCAA West Regional in 2006 after they earned the West Coast Conference Championship. The regional was held in Tucson at the National Golf Course. Locke returns to the regional after winning the individual WCC title for the second straight year, the first player in the history of WCC men's golf to become a repeat champion.
Locke was the top seeded individual in the West and is by five other individuals in the regional, two from the WCC. The individuals include Utah's Dustin Pimm, San Diego's Darrin Hall, St. Mary's Michael McRae, Cal Poly's Geoff Gonzalez and Pacific's Thomas Petersson.
Three regional tournaments, encompassing the current nine sub-regions, will be conducted May 17-19. A total of 27 teams and six individuals not on selected teams were assigned to each regional site. Ten teams and two individuals not on advancing teams will move on from each regional to the championship finals.
In 2007, Locke improved on an impressive freshman campaign in 2006. Locke won four tournaments on the season, including the WCC Championship on April 17. He also won the Bill Cullum Invitational (Oct. 31), the Hawaii Fall Intercollegiate (Nov. 8) and the Cuesta Title Men's Intercollegiate (Mar. 30).
He enters the West Regional ranked 50th in the nation by GolfWeek.com and has an overall record of 684-111-17. He led the Lions this season with a 71.3 average, better than his 71.6 career average over two seasons. In 12 events this season, he finished in the top-20 in 10 of those and in the top-5 in seven.
He shot a season-low 67 and finished the year with 20 rounds under par.