May 29, 2009
TOLEDO, Ohio - 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.
Courtesy of University of San Diego Sports Information