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Pepperdine, San Diego and San Francisco Tee Off at NCAA Men's Golf Regionals on Thursday

May 12, 2009

San Bruno, Calif. - 2009 WCC Men's Golf Champion, University of San Francisco, along with Pepperdine University and the University of San Diego, will be participating in this year's NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships on May 14-16. WCC Individual Medalist Greg Moss from Loyola Marymount will represent the conference in the individual rounds.

San Francisco, which will be hosting the regional event at the Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif., earned an automatic bid after winning the 2009 WCC Golf Championships and enters the tournament as the No. 13 seed. The No. 12-seeded San Diego Toreros and WCC individual competitor Moss will join the Dons at the San Francisco Regional.

This Thursday marks San Francisco's second NCAA Regional appearance in program history and San Diego's third NCAA Regional appearance in the past four years. This season, the Dons captured their 10th WCC title, their first in 19 years, and posted a team victory at the Saint Mary's Invitational. The Toreros also had an impressive season, turning in six top-5 performances, one of which was the top team spot at the Kauai Collegiate Invitational.

San Francisco and San Diego will be two of 13 teams competing at the San Francisco Regional. In order of seeding, these teams include: Southern California, Texas A&M, Arizona State, San Diego State, UC Davis, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, UC Irvine, Kansas State, Oregon State, San Diego and San Francisco.

Pepperdine will be the only WCC team to tee off at the Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. Seeded sixth in the Oklahoma Regional, the Waves look to earning their first NCAA Championships berth since 2006. The Waves have had a solid NCAA history, making seven appearances at the NCAA Championships since 1993 and now 11 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances.

This season, Pepperdine was led by WCC Player of the Year Andrew Putnam. As a team, the Waves had four top-5 finishes, including the team title at the Arizona Intercollegiate. The Waves will need to surpass its seed, as only the top five teams will move on to the NCAA Championships.

Their competition at the Oklahoma Regional includes, in order of seeding: Oklahoma State, Arkansas, TCU, LSU, Chattanooga, Pepperdine, Michigan State, Baylor, Northwestern, Tulsa, Denver, Wichita State and Oral Roberts.

Competing in the NCAA individual tournament will be Loyola Marymount's Greg Moss. Moss won the 2009 WCC Men's Golf Championship individual title and became the third Lion in four years to accomplish the feat. Individually, Moss will be joined by nine other golfers at the San Francisco Regional.

This year, the NCAA switched from three regional sites to six. All six 54-hole regional tournaments will take place on the same dates. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals unaffiliated with those teams will compete in three of those six regional tournaments, while the other three regional tournaments will host 14 teams and five individuals unaffiliated with those teams.

The top five team finishers and top individual not on the top five teams from each regional will advance to the finals. The championships will be conducted May 26-30 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, hosted by the University of Toledo.

2009 WCC Men's Golf Championships Recap

Vallejo, Calif. - The USF men captured their first WCC golf title since 1990, finishing with a third round score of 297. Loyola Marymount finished second with a total score of 863, just one stroke behind San Francisco for the closest finish at the WCC men's golf championships since 1986.

The Dons finished day one with a total score of 565, just four strokes ahead of second place Loyola Marymount, which finished the first two rounds with a score of 569. San Francisco was led on day one by senior Kurt Nino, who finished round two in 64 strokes, the lowest round of the field.

On the final day, Pepperdine freshman Josh Anderson and San Diego senior Blake Trimble finished with the lowest scores of the round, each firing a three-under par 69. Loyola Marymount's Greg Moss earned the tournament's individual title with a three-day score of 209 (-7), becoming the third Lion in four years to win the title. San Francisco junior Domingo Jojola improved upon his seventh place finish in 2007, finishing in second with a score of 210 (-6), just one shot behind the leader. Trimble rounded out the top three with a score of 212 (-4). Santa Clara freshman Cory Mehl earned the lowest score in program history at the tournament with a three under 213. Gonzaga sophomore Kyle Huus also joined his school's record book, with the highest finish in school history, tying for fifth place with a score of 214 (-2).

Pepperdine and San Diego both finished with three-day totals of 866 to tie for third place. Gonzaga finished with a program-best low score of 873 and its best finish overall, tying for fifth place with Pepperdine. Portland and Saint Mary's round out the men's field, finishing with scores of 883 and 891.