May 7, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Cal was selected Monday to play in the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship as one of 81 teams continuing their seasons at six 54-hole NCAA Regionals across the country May 17-19. The Golden Bears, currently ranked as high as No. 2 nationally according to Golfstat, will be the top seed in a 13-team field at the NCAA Stanford Regional.
"We're excited, pleased and very glad to be staying home," said head coach Steve Desimone, who was named the Pac-12 Men's Golf Coach of the Year on Monday. "All in all, this shapes up pretty well for us. I like our chances. We haven't finished out of the top five all year, and I like our chances to finish in the top five here also. We're all looking forward to next week and hopefully will be able to find our way to Riviera."
"Our guys are in finals now but have done a really good job balancing school and golf all year," Desimone continued. "Fortunately, our finals are over this Friday and that will give us almost a week to really settle in and prepare for this event."
Cal qualifies for an NCAA Regional for the sixth consecutive season after a banner 2011-12 campaign to this point in which the Bears have won their first-ever Pac-12 title as one of a school-record five victories. Cal has also finished in the top five in each of its first 12 events for the first time in school history.
Host Stanford is the second-seeded team in the field which also includes in order of remaining seeding San Diego State, Central Florida, LSU, Alabama-Birmingham, Wichita State, Tennessee, Oregon State, Southeastern Louisiana, San Francisco, San Jose State and UC Davis.
The additional 10 individuals at the Stanford NCAA Regional include in order of seeding Zac Blair (BYU), Justin Shin (New Mexico State), Josh Anderson (Pepperdine), Alex Edfort (Pacific), Justin Keiley (BYU), Allen Jun (UC Irvine), Mason Casper (Utah Valley), Johnny MacArthur (Pepperdine), Jarred Bossio (Idaho) and Zachery Fullerton (New Mexico State).
"We definitely have one of the toughest regional fields with the top three teams in particular," Desimone said. "San Diego State is really good and Stanford playing at home obviously has an edge. We would love to win the Regional but the regular season is over and we all start even now. Our guys totally understand that."
The other five NCAA Regionals will be hosted by Georgia (Athens, Ga. - University of Georgia Golf Course); Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich. - University of Michigan Golf Course); Oklahoma (Norman, Okla. - Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club); UNC-Greensboro and the Greensboro Sports Commission (Greensboro, N.C. - Grandover Resort, East Course); and Western Kentucky (Bowling Green, Ky. - The Club at Olde Stone).
The Oklahoma, UNC-Greensboro/Greensboro Sports Commission and Western Kentucky regionals will have fields featuring 14 teams and five individuals from non-qualifying teams. The Georgia, Michigan and Stanford regionals will consist of 13 teams and 10 individuals from non-qualifiers.
The low five teams and the low individual not from any of those five teams from each of the six NCAA Regionals will advance to the finals of the NCAA Championship hosted by USC May 29 - June 3 at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The final 30-team field will play 54 holes of stroke play over the first three days of the event, with the top eight squads advancing to match play over the final three days to determine the national champion.
Cal has played previously in 16 NCAA Regionals (1990, '93, '95, '97, '98, '99, 2000, '01, '02, '03, '04, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11) and seven NCAA Championship events (1995, '98, '99, 2000, '04, '10, '11).