Wildcats earn regional bid for 19th consecutive season
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men’s golf team was one of 27 teams selected to participate in the 2007 NCAA West Regional, the NCAA announced Monday. It is the 19th consecutive regional appearance for the Wildcats.
Arizona was seeded ninth in a field of 27 teams and six individuals for the regional, which takes place May 17-19 at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. Included in the field are (seed): Stanford (1), UCLA (2), UNLV (3), USC (4), East Tennessee State (5), Brigham Young (6), Arizona State (7), Wake Forest (8), Arizona (9), UC Irvine (10), South Carolina (11), Washington (12), Vanderbilt (13), Augusta State (14), Pepperdine (15), San Diego State (16), New Mexico (17), Oregon State (18), Colorado State (19), Oregon (20), California (21), Nevada (22), Denver (23), Pennsylvania (24), Detroit (25), Bucknell (26) and Monmouth (27). The six individuals are Brian Locke, Loyola Maryount; Dustin Pimm, Utah; Darrin Hall, San Diego; Michael McRae, Saint Mary’s; Geoff Gonzalez, Cal Poly; and Thomas Petersson, Pacific.
It marks Arizona’s 21st consecutive NCAA postseason appearance and the program’s 19th straight appearance in the NCAA Regional. Since the NCAA adopted the regional format in 1989, Arizona is one of only seven schools nationally to appear in every one.
Currently ranked 24th in the current Golf World/Nike Coaches Poll, Arizona has six top-five finishes in 12 events in 2006-07. Most recently, the Wildcats finished sixth at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships, April 23-25, in Eugene, Ore.
The top 10 teams and two individuals from each of three NCAA Regionals qualify for the 2007 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, which is scheduled for May 30-June 2 at Golden Horseshoe Golf Course in Williamsburg, Va.