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Who's up, down after Men's Regionals

May 17, 2009

Here's a look at who is up and who is down after NCAA D-I men's regionals. Links to results from each regional are below.



__Oklahoma State

__Making it to nationals for the 63rd straight year seemed pretty certain as the Cowboys were supposed to win at home this past weekend. Still, the convincing way they did so--winning by 22 strokes--suggests they might now be the favorites heading to nationals. After Kevin Tway is out of the lineup at Big 12s, his come back to win medalist honors at regionals is pretty impressive, and I don't know what got into Peter Uihlein of late but OSU fans have to like it. If Rickie Fowler and Trent Leon actually start clicking again, this squad could be dangerous

__Big Ten Conference

__It was safe to have assumed that conference champion Illinois would advance to nationals, but to see Iowa, Ohio State and Michigan all improve on their seeding and get out of regionals is quite the statement. Only real surprise is Indiana failing to join them at Inverness.

[__Jim Brown


]("I really wanted to play my last tournament in Ohio,"  said Ohio State's head coach, who is retiring at the end of this season after 36 years. Well the Buckeyes granted his wish, advancing to nationals for the first time since 1998 and the 19th time in Brown's Hall of Fame career. "I'm just so happy for the guys and if I could write a script for my list tournament, this would be it."


__The Trojans hung on at the West Regional despite playing with just four golfers in the final round after Jamie Lovemark withdrew with a muscle tear near his ribs. Freshman Steve Lim's career-best 66 saves the day. "It was the round of the year for us," said coach Chris Zambri. "Not even close."

__College career bests in the final round of regionals

__It wasn't just Lim who went low in their final 18 holes. Here's the complete list of players who set their career college bests Saturday.

Blayne Barber, UCF, Fr., 62 (Southeast)

Brad Schneider, UCF, Fr., 63 (Southeast)

Mark Silvers III, South Carolina, Sr., 64 (Southeast)

Bronson Burgoon, Texas A&M, Sr., 64 (West)

Eugene Wong, Oregon, Fr. 65 (West)

Steve Lim, USC, Fr., 66 (West)

Matt Van Zandt, Texas A&M, Sr., 67 (West)

Joe Monte, Georgia Southern, Soph., 68 (Southeast)

__NCAA Regionals

__ New format with five teams coming out of six sites rather than 10 out of three adds some excitement. Plus, with miserable weather at three sites, the reduced field sizes allows for all play to get finished. And for those who say that it hurts higher ranked teams, consider that only five (Clemson, Indiana, N.C. State, LSU and San Diego State) of the top 25 in the final Golf World/Nike Golf coaches' poll failed to advance this year compared to 10 in 2008.


____Atlantic Coast Conference

__Conference champion Georgia Tech struggles but advances. The same can't be said though for Clemson, the highest ranked team in the country to get bounced at regionals, N.C. State and Virginia Tech. Virginia becomes the ACCs one pleasant surprise during a tough weekend.

__Marquette's Mike Van Sickle & Indiana's Jorge Campillo

__The two player-of-the-year candidates saw their college careers come to an early end this weekend. Both now have to wait and see if N.C. State's Matt Hill, Washington's Nick Taylor or a dark-horse candidate lights things up at Inverness to claim the award.


__The Trojans just haven't been the same since Jamie Lovemark broke his finger in March, even after he returned to the lineup. Now they must deal with Lovemark's latest injury and the uncertainty of whether he'll be able to play in Toledo and just how effective he'll be if he does get in the lineup.



__Galloway National GC (Par 71, 7,022 yards)

(For full results, click here to link to Golfstat)

__School, Score        Top Players (*Medalists)

__Alabama, 874          Hunter Hamrick*, 212; Bud Cauley, 217

Hamerick ties cse. record (67) in final round; first regional win for Tide

Tennessee, 878       David Holmes, 213; Darren Renwick, 220

Vols like odd numbers, advancing to nationals in '03, '05, '07 and '09

Illinois, 887              Scott Langley, 220; Luke Guthrie, 224

Big Ten champions now have 10 top-five finishes in 12 tournaments

Virginia, 889            Ben Kohles, 221; C. von Borsig, K. Strough, 222

Finished ninth at ACCs, but Cavs rally as ninth seed for NCAA berth

Wake Forest, 890    Dustin Groves, Brendan Gielow, 220

Demon Deacons making 39th appearance at nationals

Individual Qualifier: Kyle Stanley, Clemson, 217

Failed to Qualify: Colorado State, 896; Minnesota, 905; Kent State, 906; Clemson, 908; Penn State, 910; Coastal Carolina, 915; VCU, 941; Sacred Heart, 946; Columbia, 998.


__RedTail GC (Par 71, 7,136 yards)

(For full results, click here to link to Golfstat)

__School    Score        Top Players (*Medalists)

__UCF, 818                    Brad Schneider, 200; Blayne Barber, 202

Schneider shoots final round 63, but Barber tops him with school-best 62

Arizona, 829              Tarquin MacManus*, 198; Tyler Neal, 206

MacManus has fourth best U of A score ever, sixth Wildcat to win regional

Georgia, 829              Hudson Swafford, 206; Brian Harman, Adam Mitchell, 208

Only school in field with all five players breaking par for 54 holes

South Carolina, 829   Mark Silvers III, 207; G. Bryan IV, W. Bryan, 208

Silvers, a senior, shoots career-best 64 in final round

Iowa, 837                   Brad Hopfinger, 207; Cole Peevler, 209

Jumped two teams on final day with school's second best round (276) ever


Individual Qualifier:__ Corey Nagy, Charlotte, 204

Failed to Qualify: Georgia State, 843; Charlotte, 844; Florida State, 844; Kentucky, 845; Georgia Southern, 847; Augusta State, 854; Indiana, 855; Campbell, 862; Loyola, 888.


__The Club at Olde Stone (Par 72, 7,372 yards)

(For full results, click here to link to Golfstat)

__School, Score         Top Players (*Medalists)

__UCLA, 863                Philip Francis, 214; Erik Flores, 215

Defending NCAA champs rally from seven back for first win of season

Washington, 870       Nick Taylor, 213; Richard Lee, 218

Taylor is runner-up at regional for second straight year

Georgia Tech, 880    Cameron Tringale, 214; John-Tyler Griffin, 217

Handled weather delays well, with final-round 71s from Tringale, Griffin

Ohio State, 880        Bo Hoag, 216; Vaughn Snyder, 221

Coach Jim Brown's retirement gratefully held off for one more event

Duke, 881                Adam Long, 216; Matthew Pierce, 218

Blue Devils have finished in top five in four of last five events

Individual Qualifier: Matt Hill, N.C. State, 212*

Failed to Qualify: Louisville, 885; Mississippi, 885; N.C. State, 885; Middle Tennessee State, 886; Vanderbilt, 889; East Tennessee State, 897; Cleveland State, 920; Austin Peay State, 948; Bucknell, 952


__Karsten Creek GC (Par 72, 7,407 yards)

(For full results, click here to link to Golfstat)

__School, Score             Top Players (*Medalists)

__Oklahoma State, 881    Kevin Tway, 216*; Peter Uihlein, 217

First time in five tries that Cowboys have won on home course

Arkansas, 903               David Lingmerth, 226; Ethan Tracy, 226

Razorbacks have five straight second-place finishes to close season

Chattanooga, 907         Ben Rickett, Stephan Jaeger, 226

Mocs earn berth at nationals for first time in school history

Northwestern, 914        Eric Chun, 226; David Lipsky, 230

Wildcats' anxious wait in clubhouse works out as Baylor stumbles

TCU, 914                      Tom Hoge, 222; James Sacheck, 231

Horned Frogs return to nationals after five year absence

Individual Qualifier: Cody Paladino, Baylor, 221.

Failed to Qualify: LSU, 917; Baylor, 920; Wichita State, 925; Denver, 936; Tulsa, 936; Michigan State, 937; Pepperdine, 941; Oral Roberts, 969.


__University of Texas GC (Par 71, 7,412 yards)

(For full results, click here to link to Golfstat)

__School, Score            Top Players (*Medalists)

__Florida, 874                 Billy Horschel, 214; Tyson Alexander, 217

Gators claim their first victory (outside home event) since fall 2006

Texas Tech, 876          Chris Ward, 215; Nils Floren, 216

Runner-up finish is Red Raiders' best in an NCAA postseason event

Texas, 877                   Lance Lopez*, 209; Bobby Hudson, 220

Lopez becomes fourth current Longhorn to win individual title

Stanford, 887               Dodge Kemmer, 216; Sihwan Kim, 221

Kemmer's T-4 finish is his best showing during his senior year

Michigan, 888              Lion Kim, 222; Matt Thompson, 223

Wolverines back at NCAAs for first time since 1997


Individual Qualifier:__ Hugues Joannes, Lamar, 216

Failed to Qualify: Lamar, 891; UNLV, 892; UT Arlington, 893; California, 896; Mississippi State, 901; New Mexico State, 909; Virginia Tech, 910; Jackson State, 992.


__Lake Merced GC (Par 72, 6,849 yards)

(For full results, click here to link to Golfstat)

__School, Score           Top Players (*Medalists)

__Arizona State, 828      Jesper Kennegard*, 204; K. Borsheim, C. Kim, 207

Sun Devils claim their sixth regional title, first since 2001

Oregon, 837                Eugene Wong, 208; Daniel Miernicki, 209

Going to nationals in back-to-back years for first time since 1998-99

Texas A&M, 840          Bronson Burgoon, 205; Matt Van Zandt, 211

Burgoon, Van Zandt shoot career bests (64, 67) in final round

San Diego, 849           Ian Coffman, 211; Blake Trimble, 213

No. 12 Toreros are lowest seeded team in any regional to get to NCAAs

USC, 853                    Matthew Giles, 209; Steve Lim, 212

'07 POY Jamie Lovemark WDs with muscle tear; NCAA status uncertain

Individual Qualifier: Brady Johnson, BYU, 208

Failed to Qualify: New Mexico, 854; San Diego State, 857; San Francisco, 863; Colorado, 864; Oregon State, 868; UC Irvine, 870; Kansas State, 872; UC Davis, 873.