COMPLETE NCAA REGIONAL FIELD
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- A conference record eight WCC programs are competing in the NCAA postseason with the Waves, Gaels and Toreros sending teams and BYU, Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Pacific and Santa Clara advancing individuals.
PEPPERDINE -- BREMERTON REGIONAL (Gold Mountain Golf Club)
BREMERTON, Wash. - Kevin DeHuff fired a 5-under 67 to help get the NCAA Bremerton Regional off to a good start for the Pepperdine men's golf team on Thursday.
The Waves, seeded 12th at the 14-team event, are tied for eighth place after the first round. Pepperdine shot a 4-over 292 at the par-72 Olympic Course at the Gold Mountain Golf Club. The top five teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, and the Waves are currently just five strokes back of the cut line.
DeHuff (Coto de Caza, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic HS), a senior, is tied for second place and is just one shot behind the leader, Sean Crocker of USC. DeHuff, who began on the 10th hole, was 2-over after four holes. But had he seven birdies and zero miscues the rest of the way, including four straight birdies on holes five through eight.
On Friday, Pepperdine will begin the second round on the 10th hole at 8 a.m. along with UC Davis and Michigan.
Additionally, sophomore Cody McManus (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS) is tied for 22nd after an even-par 72, freshman Anthony Cecere (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./St. Margaret's Episcopal School) is tied for 37th at 74, junior Frederick Wedel (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) is tied for 68th at 79 and sophomore Robin Kang (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./South Torrance HS) is 75th at 83.
Cecere had four birdies on the day. McManus had three, all of which came during his first five holes.
Pepperdine is making its 20th NCAA Regional appearance and is trying to advance to the NCAA Championships (May 29-June 3 at The Concessions Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.) for the ninth time in program history.
Team Standings: 1. UAB 280; T2. TCU 281; T2. USC 281; T4. Iowa State 287; T4. Washington 287; 6. South Carolina 288; 7. UC Davis 289; T8. Michigan 292; T8. Pepperdine 292; 10. Baylor 293; 11. South Dakota 298; 12. Sam Houston State 300; 13. VCU 304; 14. Cleveland State 305.
SAINT MARY'S -- SAN DIEGO REGIONAL (The Farms Golf Club)
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- Freshmen Pavan Sagoo and Perry Cohen were among the top 13 individual finishers and led the Saint Mary's golf team to a fourth place finish after the first round of the NCAA San Diego Regional Thursday at The Farms Golf Club.
The Gaels concluded the first of three rounds with a 7-over par 295 and sit just three strokes behind third place Wichita State and six back of runner-up East Tennessee State. The University of Oklahoma captured an early lead with a 4-under par 284 in the partly cloudy, windy conditions.
Host San Diego and 27th ranked Virginia are tied for fifth place at 9-over par. Five nationally ranked teams, including 2nd ranked Arizona State, are among the bottom seven in the 13 team field.
The low five teams and the low individual not on one of those teams from each of the six regional events will advance to the NCAA finals, which will be hosted by the University of South Florida from May 29-June 3 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
"I thought we played solid today," said SMC head coach Scott Hardy, who has led Saint Mary's to five NCAA regional appearances in 11 seasons. "We didn't make too many big mistakes. We stayed patient and played the golf course exactly as we intended. Coming here and being a little more comfortable with shot selection and knowing where the trouble spots are definitely helped. But, two of our guys haven't played this course before yesterday, so it was new to them."
Weather permitting, the teams return to the course for tomorrow's second round beginning at 8:20 a.m. The Gaels will tee off the first hole and are paired with golfers from San Diego and Virginia. Friday's forecast calls for temperatures in the low 60s with a 100 percent chance of rain and moderate winds.
Tournament officials indicated Thursday the tournament will continue as scheduled and play will resume as the weather allows throughout the day. The final round is scheduled for 8:20 a.m. Saturday.
Sagoo, a freshman from London, England, finished the day at even par and is tied for eighth place in the 75-golfer field. He totaled two birdies and two bogeys each on the front and back nine. He concluded his round with a birdie on the par 5 9th hole.
Cohen, playing the regional championships in his hometown after graduating last spring from La Jolla High School, is tied with seven other golfers for 13th place overall at 1-over par. His shot of the day was a chip shot on the 13th hole that landed within six inches of the hole and he tapped-in for par.
SAN DIEGO -- SAN DIEGO REGIONAL (The Farms Golf Club)
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. - The USD men's golf team is tied for 5th place after day one of the 2015 San Diego NCAA Division I Golf Regional being played at The Farms Golf Club (par 72, yardage 6,947). Fourth ranked Oklahoma is the clubhouse leader at 4-under par 284, with East Tennessee State five strokes back. USD shot a team score of 297 (+9) and heads into round two tied with No. 27 Virginia.
A trio of individual leaders fired 3-under par 69's - Grant Hirschman of Oklahoma, Gudmundur Kristjansson of East Tennessee State and Grant Bennett of Wichita State. USD's low round was turned in by junior Alex Chiarella who carded a 1-over par 73 for a tie for 13th overall. He was followed by teammates Grant Forrest (T21 at 74), Colin Pearson (T21 at 74), Mathias Dahl (T42 at 76) and Regan Kilpatrick (T55 at 78).
Weather permitting, second round play is scheduled for an 8:00 a.m. start on Friday. USD will be joined by Saint Mary's College and Virginia and tee-off starting at 8:20 a.m. from the first hole. Admission is free to the public.
After 54-holes and three rounds of play at the San Diego Regional, the top five teams and top individual not from one of those teams will advance to Nationals. The finals will be conducted May 29-June 3 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida. South Florida is the host institution for the 2015 championships.
FIVE WCC STUDENT-ATHLETES COMPETING AS INDIVIDUALS
Student-athletes representing five league programs will compete in NCAA Regional play as individuals. All five earned WCC First Team honors in 2015. Connor Campbell of Loyola Marymount finished third at the WCC Championships and he will compete in the San Diego Regional along with 2015 WCC Freshman of the Year Hayden Shieh of Santa Clara. Byron Meth of Pacific will make his second straight NCAA postseason, competing in the Bremerton Regional. The 2014 WCC Medalist and US Amateur Public Links medalist will join Gonzaga's James Fahy and BYU's Jordan Rodgers. Fahy is the first Bulldog in program history to compete in an NCAA Regional.
James Fahy, Gonzaga
Byron Meth, Pacific
Jordan Rodgers, BYU
San Diego Regional
Connor Campbell, Loyola Marymount
Hayden Shieh, Santa Clara
From PepperdineSports.com, SMCGaels.com and USDToreros.com