UW AT NCAA REGIONALS
No. 8 Washington will compete at the Raleigh, N.C., NCAA Regional Championship this week. The 54-hole, three-day tournament will be contested from May 15-17. The Dawgs enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed in the region with No. 5 Georgia Tech being the top seed. Other ranked teams in the field are No. 17 Florida State and No. 20 Texas A&M. The rest of the 13-team field is Mercer, Kentucky, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, South Alabama, Memphis, Minnesota, Rice and Bethune-Cookman. Washington is playing in its 21st NCAA Regional, which includes three first-place finishes. The Dawgs were the runner-up last year in Tallahassee, Fla., but have wins as recently as 2012 and 2010. Three Huskies have won individual regional championships, including Cheng-Tsung Pan last season. Richard Lee (2010) and Chris Williams (2012) are the other Huskies to accomplish that feat. The top five at the NCAA Regional will make the NCAA Finals as the Dawgs look to get back for the third year in a row and the 14th time overall.
Husky Coach Matt Thurmond is going with the top-five players from the Pac-12 Championships. It includes three players ranked in the top-100 by Golfstat: No. 31 Cheng-Tsung Pan, No. 50 Trevor Simsby and No. 78 Corey Pereira. Also competing for the Dawgs will be Jonathan Sanders and Chris Babcock. Pan was a semifinalist for the Hogan Award given to the top player in college golf, while also recently qualifying for the British Open for what will be his third career major championship. He is coming off his best tournament of the spring, finishing as the runner-up at the Pac-12 Championships. Simsby has four top-10’s this year and a team-best 11 rounds in the 60’s. Pereira has had a strong freshman season with five top-10’s, including his eighth-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships. Sanders has been the Dawgs hottest player this spring with four-straight top-10’s coming into the Pac-12’s, including a win at the Bandon Dunes Championship. Finally, Babcock is coming off a T-26th finish at the Pac-12 Championships
WASHINGTON IN 2013-14
Washington has just one win this season, coming back in September at the Kikkor Husky Invitational. Despite having just a single victory, the Dawgs have been in contention almost every week. The Dawgs have six runner-up finishes, including at the Pac-12 Championships and have placed outside of the top four only once. The Dawgs have two individual wins with Pan at the Kikkor Husky Invitational and Sanders at the Bandon Dunes Championship.
The Lonnie Poole Golf Course will play a par of 72 over 7,358 yards. As with Bethpage Black, Bandon Dunes, Whistling Straits, and Pine Valley, the course leans heavily on traditional Scottish designs while accommodating the natural landscape. Located on 250 acres inside the city of Raleigh, the golf course routing is dictated by large elevation changes. It meanders around large buffer areas that were left in place to protect streams and wetlands that are in the Neuse River watershed. The buffers provide protected a habitat for wildlife and native plant species. Erik Larsen and Brandon Johnson, both graduates of the NC State College of Design, were the lead architects.
Admission is free to the three-day event.
Live scoring will be available on the internet at www.golfstat.com. Tournament recaps, results and post-round information also can be found at www.gohuskies.com.
UW AT NCAA REGIONALS