April 21, 2006
EVENT . . . The 47th Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships will take place April 24-26 at the Big Horn Country Club (Par 71, 7,009 yards) in Palm Desert, Calif. USC will serve as the Tournament host for the 72-hole Championship. Admission is free.
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE . . . A practice round will take place on Sunday, April 23 before the Tournament begins on Monday morning. The opening two rounds are Monday, the third round is on Tuesday, and the final round is scheduled for Wednesday. The starting time for each day of competition is 7:30 a.m.
Per a blind draw by Conference officials, the team pairings and order of play for the first round are as follows:
Group 1 (1st Tee - 7:30 a.m.): Arizona State, Oregon State
Group 2 (1st Tee - 8:18 a.m.): USC, Washington State
Group 3 (1st Tee - 9:06 a.m.): Arizona, Oregon
Group 4 (10th Tee - 7:50 a.m.): UCLA, California
Group 5 (10th Tee - 8:38 a.m.): Washington , Stanford
TOURNAMENT SCORING . . . The five individuals from each team with the low scores for any 18-hole round constitute the scoring members of the team for that given round. The team championship will be awarded to the squad with the lowest total combined score for all rounds.
RANKINGS . . . As of April 11th, the Golfweek/Sagarin Index shows that five Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top-30 . . . UCLA is ranked No. 5, followed by Arizona State at No. 8, Arizona is ranked No. 24, USC at No. 28 and rounding out the Top-30 is Washington at No. 29 . . . As for the rest of the Conference, Stanford is No. 45, Washington State is No. 83, California is No. 94, Oregon is No. 115 and Oregon State is No. 119 . . . Individually, UCLA's Erik Flores is ranked No. 9, Alejandro Canizares of Arizona State is ranked No. 12, Stanford's Rob Grube is ranked No. 14, UCLA's Daniel Im is ranked No. 22, Niklas Lemke of Arizona State is ranked No. 33, Washington's Alex Prugh is ranked No. 35, Benjamin Alvarado of Arizona State is ranked No. 40, and USC's Taylor Wood is ranked No. 49.
TOURNAMENT RESULTS . . . At the conclusion of each round, results will be available via the internet. Point your browser to the Pac-10 web site at www.pac-10.org, USC's web site at www.usctrojans.com, or the Golfstat web site at www.golfstat.com and click on live scoring.
Stanford enters the Pac-10 Championships after taking third-place honors at the U.S. Intercollegiate on April 15-16 ... Rob Grube took individual medalist honors with his two-round score of 135 ... Grube also took top honors at the Western Intercollegiate, notching a two-under 138 to lead Stanford to a second-place finish ... Zack Miller paced the Cardinal at the Ashworth Invitational, recording a two-under 211 to lead Stanford to third place ... Grube was one of four Pac-10 men's golfers named to the Ben Hogan Award Watch List, an award that recognizes the top amateur player in collegiate golf.
LAST YEAR . . . The WASHINGTON Huskies won their fourth Pac-10 title but first since 1988 with the Championship tiebreaker. UW posted a better cumulative six-man team score in the final round to edge ARIZONA STATE. The Huskies came into the final round in fifth place, 17 strokes behind ARIZONA STATE, which was the leader after three rounds.
Washington sophomore Erik Olson came from four strokes behind heading into the final round to win the individual title by one stroke. The win marked his first collegiate victory. The Pac-10 had a strong showing in the NCAA Tournament in 2005, with three teams finishing in the Top-15. The Huskies led the Pac-10 posting a best-ever finish of third place, followed by USC six strokes behind in sixth place, its best finish since 1995. The Sun Devils tied for 11th with a total team score of 1170 after four rounds.
Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares was named Pac-10 Golfer of the Year, while Stanford's Rob Grube was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Washington head coach Matt Thurmond was named the 2005 Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? . . . The NCAA West Regional Tournament will be held at Tucson National Golf Course in Tucson, Ariz., May 18-20, 2006 (University of Arizona, host). The NCAA Championships will be held at Crosswater Golf Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore., May 31- June 3, 2006 (University of Portland, host).