May 21, 2012
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - Cal will be the No. 3 seed for the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship to be played Tuesday-Sunday, May 29 - June 3 and hosted by USC at The Riviera Country Club. The seedings for the tournament, as well as pairings and tee times for the first two rounds were announced Monday. The Golden Bears will be in the top group with No. 1 Texas and No. 2 Alabama for the first 36 holes of action on the legendary course that will play at par-71 and 7,292 yards for the stroke play portion of the six-day event.
Cal is ranked as high as No. 2 nationally by Golfstat, while the Golfworld/Nike Division I College Coaches' Poll has the Bears at No. 3 with four first-place votes, and Golfweek lists Cal at No. 6.
"If we play well, we have more than a legitimate shot to win this," said head coach and Pac-12 Coach of the Year Steve Desimone. "We have as good of a shot to win this as anyone in the tournament, and that's all you can ask for right now. If we take care of business and do what we've done all year, which is manage our games and make good decisions, then I like our chances of making match play. After that, it's anybody's game."
Cal, Texas and Alabama will be among 30 teams and six additional individuals not from those teams that begin 54 holes of stroke play on Tuesday at 7 a.m. PT. The first threesome from Cal's group including one player from each of the three teams will start from the 10th tee at 12:20 p.m. PT. The group's next four threesomes will follow in 10-minute intervals.
Cal's group will have the first tee time for Wednesday's second round of action at 7 a.m.
Pairings and tee times for Thursday's third and final round of stroke play will be determined by the results of the first two rounds.
The individual stroke play medalist will be crowned at the conclusion of stroke play Thursday, while the top eight teams will advance to one of four match-play quarterfinals Friday.
Match 1 (No. 1 vs. No. 8) of quarterfinal action starts at 10:00 a.m., followed by Match 2 (No. 4 vs. No. 5), Match 3 (No. 2 vs. No. 7) and Match 4 (No. 3 vs. No. 6) in 45-minute intervals. Saturday's semifinals between the winners of Matches 1 and 2 and Matches 3 and 4 will start at 10 and 10:45 a.m., respectively. Saturday's two winners square off for the national title in Sunday's finals beginning at 10 a.m.
Cal enters the NCAA Championship after back-to-back wins in its last two events at the NCAA Stanford Regional and the Pac-12 Championship, winning both events for the first time in school history. Cal has won six of the 13 of the tournaments the Bears have played this season, doubling the school's previous record for victories.
"We have won six tournaments this season and not just any tournaments," Desimone said. "We won the conference championship three weeks ago and now an NCAA Regional, which is all the more special. We head into the NCAA Championship with a great deal of momentum. We have a week to practice, and I think we will really be ready to play when we get to Riviera."
Cal has qualified for the NCAA Championship for a school-record-tying third straight season and the eighth time in school history (1995, '98, '99, 2000, '04, '10, 11). Cal won its lone NCAA title in 2004 and then after missing the event for five consecutive seasons returned in 2010 and finished 23rd. Last season, Cal moved up four spots into a tie for 19th.
All-session tickets only are currently available for $30 online at usctrojans.com. Single-day tickets will be available for $10 at the gate on a day basis during the competition. Children 12-and-under will admitted free with a paying adult. The final four days of the event will be streamed live on NCAA.com.