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Toreros finish 13th overall at NCAA Championships

May 26, 2009


Final Results

2009 NCAA Men's Golf Championships: Final Recap:

(Toledo, OH) - Teams returned this morning to finish the stroke play portion of the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships at the Inverness Club (par 71; 7,255 yards). With their final day team score of 291 from Thursday, the Toreros finished in 13th overall out of the 30 competing teams with a three-day total of 877 (+25). They finished just 8 strokes back of both Texas A&M and Georgia, the last two of eight teams that made it into the match play competition.

"I could not be more proud of this team," said head coach Tim Mickelson. "Our guys competed until the end and represented our university with the utmost class. We may have come up short of a national championship, but we are the champions in my book. Considering this is USD's first ever appearance at nationals, I'm very pleased with a 13th place finish. We definitely surprised a lot of people this week. We were the lowest ranked team here, but we turned some heads and gained some fans."

The Toreros were led by freshman Alex Ching (Honolulu, HI) who finished tied for 13th overall with his 214 total (70-68-76). For the week he tied for third in par 4 scoring with a 3.97 per hole scoring average. Senior Blake Trimble (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) improved each round by two strokes and tied for 36th overall at 219 (75-73-71). Trimble was USD's top performer in par 3 scoring with a 2.78 stroke average. Sophomore Gunner Wiebe (Denver, CO) carded the team's best score on Thursday with a two-under par 69. His strong finish moved him up to a tie for 70th overall at 223 (78-76-69). Wiebe tied for second overall in birdies made (13) and par 5 scoring (4.17 stroke average). Sophomore Jason Shano (Scottsdale, AZ) finished tied for 89th overall at 225 (74-76-75), while graduate student Ian Coffman (San Diego, CA), who played a key role in USD's west regional success that helped the Toreros to nationals, tied for 136th at 232 (74-78-80).

Oklahoma State earned the No. 1 seed for match play by virtue of its three-under par 849 (288-280-281) and will face No. 8 seed Georgia (869) in the first pairing beginning at 7:00 a.m. The other quarterfinal pairings will be No. 4 Arkansas (865) vs. No. 5 Washington (865) starting at 7:45 a.m., No. 2 Arizona State (862) vs. No. 7 Texas A&M (869) beginning at 8:30 a.m. and No. 3 Southern Cal (865) vs. No. 6 Michigan (868) starting at 9:15 a.m.

The match-play format is new this year with previous winners being determined by 72 holes of stroke play. The first team to win three of five matches will advance to the semifinals. The semifinals are slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. with the championship being held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

2009 NCAA Men's Golf Championships: Day Three:

(Toledo, OH) - The USD men's golf team, under the direction of 6th-year head coach Tim Mickelson, turned in some impressive golf in their first showing at the NCAA Championships, but came up short in their bid to finish in the top eight and advance to match play. USD, which shot a final round team score of 291, currently sits in 13th place with their 877 total. Fifteen teams are still in play, but only a handful of teams still have a chance at catching the Toreros. The twelve teams ahead of USD are all done and right now the top eight include Oklahoma State (849), Arizona State (862), Southern Cal (865), Washington (865), Arkansas (865), Michigan (868), Texas A&M (869) and Georgia (869).

In today's final round, sophomore Gunner Wiebe paced the Toreros with a two-under par 69. He carded 4 of his 7 birdies on the front nine as he made the turn at 32. He finished with a three-round total of 223 (+10; 78-76-69). Senior Blake Trimble, who improved with each round, finished today with an even par 71 to total a 219 (75-73-71). Freshman Alex Ching, who entered the final round tied for 1st overall, carded a 76 today to finish a 214 (70-68-76). He currently sits tied for 14th overall. Jason Shano (225; 74-76-75) and Ian Coffman (232; 74-78-80) rounded out USD scoring.

2009 NCAA Men's Golf Championships: Day Two: Continued

Toledo, OH - The USD men's golf team returned back to Inverness very early this morning to finish up their second round. Play on Wednesday was delayed by a 4 1/2 hour rain storm. USD heads into the third and final round with a legitimate shot at earning one of the all important eight team spots for match play. USD is currently tied for 12th with three other teams (USC, Georgia Tech, Alabama) at 586, but just four strokes back of Duke who currently holds down the 8th spot. Freshman Alex Ching shot a second round three-under par 68 and is tied for first overall at 4-under par (138).

"After a very rough re-start this morning at 6:45 local time, we battled back well by making 4 birdies on the 18th hole to stay inside the top 15 after round 2," said head coach Tim Mickelson. "We currently sit in 12th place, 4 shots back of the coveted 8th position. We have one round left to get inside that number. It's not easy being at a golf course for 11 hours, then getting 6 hours of sleep to wake up at 5:00 to start playing again at 6:45 which is exactly what we had to do. We handled that adversity pretty well and now have a chance to get us into match play. And from there, anything can happen".

Oklahoma State is first with an even par 568. They are followed by Georgia Tech (573) and Texas A&M (574). Following Ching, the Toreros are paced by senior Blake Trimble (t-53 at 148; 75-73), sophomore Jason Shano (t-80 at 150; 74-76), graduate student Ian Coffman (t-105 at 152; 74-78) and sophomore Gunner Wiebe (t-125 at 154; 78-76).

2009 NCAA Men's Golf Championships: Day Two

Toledo, OH - The USD men's golf team is finally underway with their second round after a lengthy rain delay (approx. 4 ½ hours). The Toreros, who began the day tied for 4th overall with 6th-ranked Washington, are hoping to complete 9 holes before dark, and then return at approximately 6:45 a.m. Friday morning to complete round two. As of 3:15 p.m. (PST), the Toreros were in 5th place and trailing four teams that were able to complete their second rounds today - Oklahoma State at 568 (288-280), Georgia at 573 (288-285), Texas A&M at 574 (298-276), and Arizona State at 575 (294-281). Check back later for updates on second round action for the Toreros.

2009 NCAA Men's Golf Championships: Day One

(Toledo, OH) - The USD men's golf team turned in a solid first round today at the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships being played at the Inverness Club (par 71; 7,255 yards). Competing in some rain and tough conditions, USD's team score of 293 (+9) was better than 25 teams in the field of 30, including 21 squads that own national rankings. No. 1 Georgia and 4th-ranked Oklahoma State are tied for first at 288 (+4). Chattanooga, ranked 28th in the nation, was just one stroke better than the Toreros at 292. USD is joined in the 4th spot with the 6th-ranked Washington Huskies. Some notable teams USD is currently ahead of include #2 USC (305; +21), #5 Stanford (305; +21), #7 Georgia Tech (301; +17) and #8 Florida (310; +26).

"What a great start for us," said 6th-year USD head coach Tim Mickelson. "We got off to a good start which is important and we battled hard until the end in some not-so-great weather conditions. I couldn't be prouder of this team, and how they have represented USD. I'm extremely proud to be their coach."

USD freshman Alex Ching (Honolulu, HI) fired a 1-under par 70, and is currently tied for 5th place for individuals. The Toreros played the back nine first and Ching carded a 3-under 33 out of the gates with birdies at the 10th, 14th and 18th. Rounding out USD scoring was sophomore Jason Shano (74, tie-41st), graduate student Ian Coffman (74, tie-41st), senior Blake Trimble (75, tie-55th) and sophomore Gunner Wiebe (78, tie-117th).

Added Mickelson, "Tomorrow is another day and hopefully we bring our A games to the course. We had to play through some rain today which is never easy to do, but the guys did a great job of mentally getting through it. Hopefully the weather cooperates tomorrow."

The top eight teams from the pool of 30 after 54 holes of stroke play will advance to match play with the quarterfinals and semifinals being held on Friday, May 29 and the championship match set for Saturday, May 30. During the match-play portion of the championships, each match will be worth one point with all five players participating. The first team to win three points within the team match will advance or, in the case of the championship match, be declared the national champion.

2009 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships
Inverness Golf Course (par 71; 7,255 yards)
Toledo, Ohio
Day One of Three Rounds

t1- Oklahoma State, 288 (+4)
t1- Georgia, 288 (+4)
3- Chattanooga, 292 (+8)
t4- San Diego, 293 (+9)
t4- Washington, 293 (+9)

t1- Matt Hill, NC State (69; -2)
t1- Jonathan Bowers, Northwestern (69; -2)
t1- Scott Langley, Illinois (69; -2)
t4- Alex Ching, San Diego (70; -1)
t4- Tom Hoge, TCU (70; -1)
t4- Philip Francis, UCLA (70; -1)
t4- David Holmes, Tennessee (70; -1)
t4- Nick Taylor, Washington (70; -1)

For complete first round results, visit the GOLF STAT website.