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Its Official - Golf in West Regional

May 8, 2006

Los Angeles, CA (May 8) - On the heals of their first-ever West Coast Conference championship and the automatic bid that comes with it, Loyola Marymount was placed in the West Regional of the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships.

The Lions are one of 27 teams and six individuals selected to the West Regional to be held May 18-20 at Tucson National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz. The Lions were placed as the 25th seed in the West. The NCAA tournament for men's golf has three regionals, each with 27 teams and six individuals not from those teams. The top-10 teams and the top-two individuals not from the those teams from each regional go to the NCAA tournament.

The championships will be conducted May 31-June 3 at Crosswater Golf Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. The University of the Portland is the host institution for this year's championships.

LMU is one of four teams from the West Coast Conference selected to the West Regional. The Lions will be joined by Pepperdine, Santa Clara and San Diego. Despite defeating the Broncos by 14 strokes, the Waves by 27 strokes and the Toreros by 50 strokes at the WCC Championships, Pepperdine (14), Santa Clara (17) and San Diego (22) all earned seedings higher than LMU. Saint Mary's Chadd Çocco was an individual selected into the West regional.

The top-five seeds in the West are Florida, Arizona State, BYU, East Tennessee State and Baylor. The top seed in the Central Regional is Oklahoma State and the East the top seed is defending champion Georgia.

The Lions will begin the NCAA Regional with a practice round on Wednesday, May 17 before playing single rounds on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

WEST REGIONAL-May 18-20Tucson National Golf Club- Tucson, ArizonaHosted by the University of Arizona

Teams (seeded in the following order):1. Florida2. Arizona State3. BYU4. East Tennessee State5. Baylor6. Alabama7. Arizona8. San Diego State9. North Carolina State10. Washington11. New Mexico (Mountain West)12. Stanford13. Houston14. Pepperdine15. Louisville16. Denver17. Santa Clara18. New Mexico State (Western Athletic)19. Fresno State20. UC-Irvine21. Nevada22. San Diego23. Cal Poly (Big West)24. Western Kentucky (Sun Belt)25. Loyola Marymount (West Coast)26. Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic)27. Bucknell (Patriot League)

Individuals:1. Graham Delaet, Boise State2. Dustin Pimm, Utah3. Chadd Cocco, St. Mary's (California)4. Ryan Witz-Washington State5. Ryan Wood, Long Beach State6. Derek Whiting, Colorado State

- GO LIONS -