May 10, 2010
The Pepperdine and San Diego men's golf teams were selected to participate in the 2010 NCAA Men's Golf Championships. The Waves will compete in College Station, Texas, while the Toreros travel north to Bremerton, Washington to play at the Gold Mountain Golf Club.
2010 WCC Player of the Year, Santa Clara's Scott Travers, was selected to play in the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships as an individual. Travers is one of 10 individual qualifiers in a 75-player, 13-team field that will compete at the San Diego, California Regional, May 20-22 at Carlton Oaks Golf Course.
Pepperdine, which earned an automatic postseason bid thanks to its victory at the West Coast Conference Championships last month and is ranked #33 by Golfweek/Sagarin and #34 by Golfstat, is the #6 seed among 14 teams at the regional, which will be played at Texas A&M's Traditions Club on May 20-22. The top five schools will advance to the NCAA Championships, set for June 2-5 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The 14 teams that are headed to College Station, in order of seeding, are as follows: host Texas A&M (the defending NCAA champions), Texas Tech, Georgia, North Florida, TCU, Pepperdine, Auburn, North Carolina, Baylor, Tulsa, Rice, Wichita State, Georgetown and Jackson State.
"All the regions look like they were set up pretty well," Pepperdine Coach John Geiberger said. "I would have liked to have stayed out West, but this is why we travel so much throughout the year. None of us have ever been there, but it will be a good experience. If we play solid, we'll make it. The guys are excited. A lot of them have been to regionals the past two years so they're a driven group. Focus or determination is not going to be a problem. I've heard it's a good, tough course."
Pepperdine is making its 12th consecutive regional appearance and 18th in the last 19 years. The Waves have gone on to the NCAA Championships seven times and were the 1997 national champions. The last time they reached the NCAA Championships was 2006.
This marks San Diego's third straight trip to NCAA's and their fourth postseason appearance in the past five seasons. USD is currently ranked 27th in the nation (Golfstat.com). This season the Toreros have won five tournaments and turned in ten top-5 performances out of their thirteen tournament competitions.
"It was a nice feeling not waiting on the call to see if we got into the tournament or not," said 7th-year head coach Tim Mickelson who was recently named the WCC Coach of the Year. "This year we knew we were in; it was only a matter of where we got sent. We are happy about going to Seattle since I know it is a great course and at least one of the guys (Jason Shano) has played there before. Gold Mountain does a great job hosting events and we know they will put on a first class event. It's been a great season and we hope we have two more tournaments left in us. It will be a tough test as there are a lot of really good teams at our site."
Torero team wins this year have come at the Kauai Collegiate Invitational, San Diego Intercollegiate, the USD Callaway Invitational, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Mardi Gras Invitational, and the Fresno State Lexus Classic where they tied for first but lost in a playoff to BYU. Torero players that captured medalist honors include Joe Harrison (Kauai Collegiate), Kenneth McCready (San Diego Intercollegiate), Alex Ching (Mardi Gras Invitational), and Gunner Wiebe (Wyoming Cowboy Classic & WCC Championship). Additionally, USD competed during March at the Callaway Match Play Championships in Arizona. The 10th-seeded Toreros went 2-2 overall and defeated No. 7 Texas Tech and No. 1 Stanford to finish 7th overall out of 16 teams. Both Ching and Wiebe were a perfect 4-0 in their match play rounds.
Last season the Toreros advanced out of the NCAA West Regional's for the first time in program history and reached Nationals. Playing at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, the Toreros turned in a solid team performance finishing 13th out of 30 teams. They missed out on the Match Play portion of the championships for the final eight teams by just eight strokes.