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San Diego Men's Golf heading to Nationals for third straight year

May 22, 2011

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SAN DIEGO, CALIF. -- All five of the top seeds from the San Diego Regional have earned a trip to Nationals which will take place in Stillwater, Oklahoma, May 31 thru June 5th at the Karsten Creek Golf Club. Top-seeded and 2nd ranked UCLA finished on top with their 10-under par 854 total as they bested runner-up USC, the third seeded team, by three strokes (857; -7). Tournament host and 4th-seeded San Diego shot the day's best team score (280; -8) and finished in third alone with an even-par 864 total. Rounding out the top five was No. 5 seed Ohio State (865; +1) and No. 2 seed Texas (873; +9). Earning the lone individual bid to Nationals is senior Jason Millard of Middle Tennessee State who totaled a 5-under par total of 211 (72-69-70).

The host USD Toreros, ranked 23rd in the nation, will be making their third straight trip to Nationals. Following Shah today, senior Gunner Wiebe fired a 2-under par 70; senior Ben Murray shot a 1-under par 71; senior Kenneth McCready tallied his third straight 72; and junior Alex Ching posted a 76. Following Shah's tie for second, McCready tied for 11th (216; 72-72-72), Murray tied for 28th (220; 76-73-71); Wiebe tied for 42nd (223; 80-73-70) and Ching tied for 54th (228; 76-76-76).

"For the guys to do what they did today, under pressure and under the gun, was very special," said USD Torero head coach Tim Mickelson. "Manav Shah's 67, from a freshman under these circumstances, is an unbelievable accomplishment. But everyone had to come together and it was definitely a total team effort."

San Francisco jumped three spots on the team leader board and posted an eighth place finish at the 2011 NCAA West San Diego Regional Saturday at The Farms Golf Course.

The Waves' four scoring players accounted for a pair of 2-unders and two even-par rounds on Saturday. Three of the Waves recorded eagles.

Junior Mat Miller was the top finisher for San Francisco in a share of 18th place at two-over 218 (69, 75, 74).

Junior Ji Hwan Park led the Dons in the final round and became the third Don to post a three-under 69 during the NCAA Regional. Park carded 17 holes at par or better with a team-high four birdies. Park bounced back from rocky first and second rounds to finish tied for 39th at 222 (79, 74, 69).

Playing as an individual, Santa Clara sophomore Rick Lamb finished in a tie for 13th overall in a 75-player field. Lamb shot his second consecutive one-under par 71, coming in second among the 10 individuals entered in the event and with rounds of 75, 71 and 71, he was just six shots from moving on to qualify for next week's NCAA Championship in Stillwater, Okla.

-Courtesy of USD, USF, SCU Athletics