May 16, 2009
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The Pepperdine University, University of San Diego and University of San Francisco men's golf teams completed their final rounds of the NCAA Regionals on Saturday. After a long three days, the San Diego Toreros earned a spot at the 2009 NCAA Championships, while the San Francisco Dons and Pepperdine Waves will be ending their seasons at the 2009 NCAA Regionals with eighth and 12th place finishes, respectively.
In the individual tournament, Loyola Marymount's Greg Moss ended his collegiate golf career with a tie for 57th place at the 2009 NCAA West Regional. Starting the final day in a tie for 63rd, Moss shot an even par 72 in the third and final round to bring his three-round score to 221. Moss marked the fourth consecutive year the Lions were represented in the NCAA regionals.
The Toreros finished the NCAA West Regional in fourth place, advancing them to the 2009 NCAA Championships on May 26-30 at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.
Three Toreros finished in the top-30 as Ian Coffman led the team in round three, shooting a 70 for a total score of 211 and finishing tied for 12th place. As a team, San Diego ended the tournament with a final score of 849.
Regional host San Francisco vaulted into contention with a eight-under 280 on day two and moved into a share of fifth place with nine holes remaining but could not match the exceptional play of Texas A&M and USC competing in its group during the final round.
Senior Kyle Prolo was the top finisher for the Dons at six-under 210, good for a share of ninth place. Freshman Ji Hwan Park shot an even-par 216, good for a share of 30th place, one stroke in front of junior Domingo Jojola at 1-over 217 in a tie for 38th.
In the South Central Regional, the Waves ended up in 12th place as a team on Saturday. Redshirt freshman Josh Anderson completed his first NCAA postseason event with an outstanding effort, tying for fifth place among the field, shooting a three-over 75 on the final day and missing out on a playoff to determine which individual golfer would advance to the NCAA Championships by just one stroke.
The rest of the Waves were not so fortunate, mostly struggling at the extremely difficult par-72 Karsten Creek Golf Club. The Waves began the day in ninth place but fell back three spots after shooting a 323 and ending up with a total of 941.
Only the top five teams and one individual not on those top teams in each region in the field advanced to the NCAA Championships.
The Toreros will be representing the WCC at the 2009 NCAA Men's Golf Championship, which starts on May 26th at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.