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Toreros in playoff with ASU and Stanford Friday for final match play spot

June 3, 2010

Ooltewah, TN - The USD men's golf team shot a final round 4-over-par 292 today to finish in a tie for 8th place at 868 with Stanford and Arizona State. These three teams will return Friday morning (5 am Pacific) for a playoff to see who earns the coveted 8th spot into the Match Play format. The Toreros entered the final round tied for 5th overall at even-par, and battled through a roller coaster day that saw them get to 3-under-par early; reach 6-over-par three different times during the round; and then battle back to 2-over par before settling at 292 (+4).

The seven teams advancing to match play include Oklahoma State (-14; 850), Florida State (-10; 854), Georgia Tech (-6; 858), Washington (-4; 860), Oregon (-3; 861), Augusta State (-1; 863), and Texas Tech (+3; 867). Stanford shot a final round 288 while Arizona State posted 290 to finish in a tie with the Toreros.

Alex Ching, who held the 36-hole individual lead, shot a final round 73 to finish in a tie for 2nd place at 8-under-par 208 with Oklahoma State's Peter Uihlein. Scott Langley of Illinois posted his second straight 68 to win medalist honors at 206 (-10). USD's Gunner Wiebe tallied eight birdies on the day to go with 4 pars, 4 bogeys and 2 doubles for an even-par 72. His 72 was matched by junior Kenneth McCready who carded 5 birdies and 5 bogeys in his round. Rounding out USD scoring was Scott Brace (75) and Jason Shano (79). The tough 470 yard par 18th was not kind to the Toreros today as each player carded a bogey on the final hole of the day.

In tomorrow morning's three-team playoff, the tie will be broken by a sudden death counting the low four scores relative to par on each hole. Play shall continue with new scoring on each successive hole until a winner is determined. With three teams in the playoff, a shotgun format will be used beginning at 8 a.m. (Eastern). No. 2 Stanford, No. 16 Arizona State and No. 25 San Diego will vie for the final berth beginning on holes 11, 15, 16, 17 and 18. Should it go to another hole, No. 10 will be added to the rotation until it's complete. The three teams will assemble on the five playoff holes with their No. 5s on 11, fours on 15, threes on 16, twos on 17 and ones on 18. The teams play one hole and the top four scores from that hole are counted. If a winner is not determined, the teams move on dropping whichever team does not keep pace with its counterparts.

San Diego Head Coach Tim Mickelson

On being in a playoff for the last spot for match play:
"We haven't really had a chance to think about it. I think most of the guys are thinking about the bogey they made on 18, because we made four of them coming down the stretch. We will have a fun little dinner. We try to keep things loose. That is what we will do tonight. We will have about a five-minute team meeting right after dinner, get the boys fired up to come out in the morning and play one hole really well."

On the team's play today:
"We got off to a great start, then ran into a rough 45 minute stretch where we counted two double bogeys that put us all the way back at +6 when the number looked like it was going to be even par. We grinded our way back and I challenged everyone to finish the last three 1-under, knowing that 17 was probably birdie. Unfortunately, 18 showed its teeth today."

San Diego Sophomore Alex Ching
On the last few holes coming in:
"I like to know where our team is. I knew I had to make a couple of birdies on the way through. Birdied 14 and 15. Hit it a little too long...had a little adrenaline going on 16. From there, I had some momentum going. I was pretty amped and ready to go. 17, birdied that...actually almost made the eagle putt. 18, I just pushed my drive right and that is golf."

Did you feel that 10-under would hold for the individual title?
"Going into today, I didn't put a number under it. I was just trying to relax, but I knew someone was going to take it lower today. I just tried to go out and play the same aggressive golf that I normally was doing."

On the mood of the team:
"We put ourselves in a good position. We are tied for eighth as it stands. I think our team is pretty good in playoff situations. We have some good players so we are going to go out there and try to give it our best."