Husky Men Put Match Play Skills To The Test
Feb. 26, 2012
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The Husky men's golf team begins play at the two-day Del Walker Match Play Championship being hosted by Virginia Country Club and Long Beach State on Monday.
Washington earned the tournaments' top seed based on being Golfstat.com's highest rated squad among the eight in the field.
UCLA is the No. 2 seed, followed by USC, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Long Beach State and UC Davis. The Huskies will face No. 8 seed UC Davis in Monday's first round, which commences at the 6,633-yard, par-70 course on the No. 1 and No. 10 tees at 7:30 a.m.
Washington is fourth in the latest Golfstat.com rankings after winning the San Diego Intercollegiate on Feb. 14 to lead a field that includes five teams ranked in the top-10. UCLA is fifth, USC sixth, California ninth and Oregon 10th. Oregon State is 63rd, Long Beach State 78th and UC Davis is 121st.
The Husky five for the week will include Chris Williams, Cheng-Tsung Pan, Trevor Simsby, Charlie Hughes and Larry Iverson. Williams is ranked No. 5 and Pan No. 9 in the latest World Amateur Golf Rankings.
This is the first time in the 15-year history of the Del Walker, the tournament has been changed to a match play format. The tournament has been known as the Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf Classic until its format was changed after last year's tournament.
The tournament is an important test for the Huskies and the rest of the field. The NCAA Championship, being hosted at Los Angeles' Riviera Golf Club from May 29-June 3, is decided by match play after the top eight teams advance after 54-holes of stroke play.