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San Diego, Pepperdine in Top Five at NCAA Regionals

May 21, 2010

The San Diego and Pepperdine men's golf teams continued their strong play at the NCAA Regionals as the Toreros moved up to third place at the West Regional, while the Waves jumped up to fifth place in the NCAA South Central Regional. Santa Clara's Scott Travers, the WCC Player of the Year, was among the top 25 players at the NCAA Southwest Regional.

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The USD men's golf team turned in another solid team effort today as they totaled a 292 (+4) score in the second round of the 54-hole NCAA West Regional being contested at the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain outside of Seattle, Washington. The Toreros moved up into a tie for 3rd place with the USC Trojans at 586 (+10), and trail second place Illinois by just one stroke. The host Washington Huskies have a solid hold on the number one spot (569, 7-under-par), while Oregon State sits in the all-important number 5 slot at 587 (+11). Following tomorrow's final 18 holes, the top five teams out of the 13 competing programs will advance to the NCAA Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee (June 1-6).

USD junior Gunner Wiebe (Denver, CO), who won his final two tournaments prior to this Regional, is currently tied for 4th place with his 2-under-par total of 142 (72-70). Teammate Kenneth McCready (Placerville, CA) continues to be among the top-10 individuals with his even-par total of 144 (t8th; 71-73). Rounding out USD scoring is sophomore Alex Ching (Honolulu, HI) who is tied for 18th at 146 (74-72), junior Jason Shano (Scottsdale, AZ) in a tie for 52nd place at 154 (77-77), and first-year junior Scott Brace (Suffolk, England) is in a tie for 72nd at 160 (80-80).

The three individuals currently ahead of Wiebe include Washington's Darren Wallace (1st at 139, 70-69) and Richard Lee (t-2nd at 140, 72-68), and Denver's Espen Kofstad (t-2nd at 140, 69-71). Third and final round play is scheduled to get underway at 7:50 am Saturday morning. A top-five finish for the 27th-ranked Toreros tomorrow will give 7th-year head coach Tim Mickelson and his group their second straight trip to Nationals. Last year they finished 13th out of 30 teams at the Inverness Club in Toldeo, Ohio.

Thanks to an even-par 288, the Pepperdine men's golf team moved up to fifth place at the NCAA South Central Regional after Friday's second round and is in position to qualify for the NCAA Championships.The Waves must finish in the top five out of the 14-team field, and they currently lead sixth-place Auburn and North Florida by four strokes. The third and final round is on Saturday at the par-72 Traditions Golf Club. Host and defending NCAA champion Texas A&M leads the tournament at 565, and is followed by Texas Tech (566), TCU (568) and Wichita State (573). Pepperdine has a 2-under 574 (286-288).

Junior Andrew Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy) fired a 3-under 69 on Friday, which moved him from a tie for 23rd up to a tie for 10th place with a 3-under 141 (72-69).

Sophomore Josh Anderson (Temecula, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) also had a good day, shooting his second straight 1-under 71, keeping him in a tie for 12th place with a 2-under 142.

Seniors Shane Mason (San Diego, Calif./St. Augustine HS) and Carl Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) are both tied for 31st place with 4-over 148s. Smith has gone 76-72 and Mason went 72-76. Junior Andrew Widmar (El Paso, Calif./Cathedral HS) fell to a tie for 55th place at 152 (71-81).

Pepperdine, which won the 1997 NCAA title, is looking for its eighth NCAA Championships appearance and first since 2006.