May 20, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Pepperdine and San Diego men's golf teams opened NCAA Regional play on Thursday. The Toreros finished the first day in fifth place, while the Waves finished in sixth place.
USD turned in a team score of 294 (+6) on the first day of the NCAA West Regional being played at the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain, and trails first round leader Washington (286) by 8 strokes. USD had two players post top-10 scores led by juniors Kenneth McCready (t6th at 71) and Gunner Wiebe (t8th at 72). They were followed by teammates Alex Ching (t24 at 74), Jason Shano (t44 at 77) and Scott Brace (t65 at 80).
Second round play of the NCAA West Regional will continue Friday morning at 8:30 am. Sandwiched between UW and USD are Colorado State and Oregon State at 291 (+3), and Illinois (293, +5). Individual leaders include Colorado State's Dustin Morris and Denver's Espne Kofstad, both with 3-under par 69's. After 54 holes of play, five of the thirteen competing teams will advance to the NCAA Championships in Tennessee (June 1-6).
The Waves, who shot a 2-under 286 at the NCAA South Central Regional at the Traditions Golf Club in College Station, Texas, were led by 1-under 71s by junior Andrew Widmar and sophomore Josh Anderson. They are currently three strokes out of fifth place with the second and third rounds yet to come at the par-72 Traditions Golf Club. Host Texas A&M and TCU lead the tournament after 11-under 277s.
Widmar (El Paso, Calif./Cathedral HS) and Anderson (Temecula, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) are tied for 12th place after their first-round performances.
Senior Shane Mason (San Diego, Calif./St. Augustine HS) and junior Andrew Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy) also had solid outings with even-par 72s that have them tied for 23rd place. Senior Carl Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) is tied for 53rd place after a 76.
Pepperdine is looking for its eighth NCAA Championships appearance and first since 2006.