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San Diego Advances To Nationals For Second Straight Year; Pepperdine Finishes Seventh

May 22, 2010

The USD men's golf team punched its ticket to Nationals for the second consecutive year after finishing 3rd at the 2010 NCAA West Regional. Pepperdine just missed the cut, finishing seventh in the South Central Regional.

SAN DIEGO
The USD men's golf team punched its ticket to Nationals for the second consecutive year after finishing 3rd at the 2010 NCAA West Regional. Similar to what they did most of this season, the Toreros carded their best team score in their final round of play. Today they finished with an impressive even-par 288 to finish with a 54-hole total of 874 over the par-72, 7,104 yard Olympic Course at Gold Mountain in Bremerton, Washington. Their 874 total was good for third place alone and just one stroke back of runner-up Southern California. Torero sophomore Alex Ching fired a final round 2-under-par 70 today and was followed by Gunner Wiebe (71), Kenneth McCready (72), Jason Shano (75) and Scott Brace (77).

"It feels great to get back to Nationals," said head coach Tim Mickelson. "The guys played great all season and it was no different this weekend. They have proved all along that they belong with the best teams in the nation, and now we'll head back next week on a mission to bring back a national championship."

Over the three days in the Pacific Northwest, USD improved its team score each round finishing with team totals of 294-292-288. Junior Gunner Wiebe (Denver, CO) was USD's top golfer over the weekend finishing with a 3-under-par total of 213 (72-70-71) to finish in a tie for 5th. Sophomore Alex Ching (Honolulu, HI), who carded a 2-under-par 70 today, finished tied for 13th overall at 216 (74-72-70). He was joined by junior teammate Kenneth McCready (Placerville, CA) in 13th place (71-73-72). Rounding out USD scoring was junior Jason Shano (Scottsdale, AZ) who finished tied for 58th at 229 (77-77-75) and junior Scott Brace (Suffolk, England) who finished 72nd at 237 (80-80-77).

The host Washington Huskies ran away with the Regional with a 54-hole total of 20-under-par 844 (286-283-275). Also advancing to join USD and Washington at Nationals will be second place USC (873; 297-289-287), 4th place Oregon State (876; 291-296-289), and 5th place Illinois (877; 293-292-292). Washington had the three top individuals with Richard Lee winning medalist honors with his 8-under-par total of 208 (72-6-68). He was followed by teammates Chris Williams (210; 73-72-65) and Darren Wallace (211; 70-69-72). The two individuals advancing to Nationals will be Denver's Espen Kofstad (tie-3rd at 211; 69-71-71) and VCU's Lanto Griffin (tie-5th at 23; 74-69-70).

Next week the Toreros will head to Tennessee where they will be one of 30 teams competing in the 2010 NCAA Championship at the Honors Course in Ooltewah, a community just north of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Last year USD finished 13th out of 30 teams at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

USD Individuals
t-3. Gunner Wiebe, 213 (72-70-71); -3
t-13. Alex Ching, 216 (74-72-70); E
t-13. Kenneth McCready, 216 (71-73-72); E
t58. Jason Shano, 229 (77-77-75); +13
72. Scott Brace, 237 (80-80-77); +21

PEPPERDINE
The Pepperdine men's golf team's hopes of advancing to the NCAA Championships unraveled during Saturday's third and final round at the South Central Regional, as the Waves fell from fifth to seventh place.The top five schools in the 14-team field moved on to the NCAA Championships. After shooting 2-under during the first two rounds at the par-72 Traditions Golf Club to get into the fifth and final spot, the Waves were 15-over on Saturday and finished with an 877 (286-288-303). North Florida, Georgia and Baylor passed Pepperdine in the standings. The Bulldogs and Bears finished tied for fifth at 869, with Baylor earning the final berth thanks to a playoff victory.

Texas Tech (851) eked past host Texas A&M (852) for the victory. TCU (858) and North Florida (859) also qualified.

Junior Andrew Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy) and sophomore Josh Anderson (Temecula, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) led the Waves by tying for 17th place with 1-over 217s. Putnam went 72-69-76 and Anderson shot 71-71-75.

Senior Shane Mason (San Diego, Calif./St. Augustine HS) tied for 41st at 224 (72-76-76), senior Carl Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) tied for 43rd at 225 (76-72-77) and junior Andrew Widmar (El Paso, Calif./Cathedral HS) tied for 52nd at 228 (71-81-76).

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

Pepperdine Scores:
T17. Andrew Putnam 72-69-76=217;
T17. Josh Anderson 71-71-75=217;
T41. Shane Mason 72-76-76=224;
T43. Carl Smith 76-72-77=225;
T52. Andrew Widmar 71-81-76=228.

Scott Travers, SCU
Scott Travers shot a final-round 77 at the 2010 NCAA Division I Southwest Regional at Carlton Oaks Country Club near San Diego. The junior from Santa Clara University shot rounds of 75 (+3), 78 (+6) and 77 (+5) to finish 14-over par and tied for 54th.

Just four golfers in the 75-player field finished the three-day tournament under par. Carlton Oaks was playing to 7,360 yards at a par of 72. Cal State University Northridge individual qualifier Nick Delio finished atop the leaderboard at 3-under to claim the Regionals' at-large berth into the NCAA Championship on June 1-6 at The Honors Course near Chattanooga, Tenn.

The University of Oregon ran away with the team title, finishing 10 shots better than Augusta State University and 18 better than the University of California, the University of Tennessee and UNLV. All five of those schools move on to play in the NCAA Championships.