May 18, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming junior DavidHearn opened the 2000 NCAA West Regional Men's Golf Championship on Thursdaywith a round of 73, one-over par. Hearn is tied for 49th entering Friday'ssecond round, but he is only six shots back of the leaders -- ManuelMerizalde of BYU and Parker McLachlin of UCLA, who both fired rounds offive-under par 67 on Thursday. The West Regional is being played at theRiverbend Golf Course in Fresno, Calif., and is being hosted by Fresno StateUniversity.
This marks the second consecutive year that Hearn has earned his wayto the NCAA West Regional. At the '99 West Regional in Tucson, Ariz., Hearnplaced 17th and missed advancing to the NCAA Championship by one place.Hearn is coming off an eighth-place showing at the 2000 Mountain WestConference Championships in Palm Desert, Calif., May 1-3.
"David's (Hearn) score of 73 didn't really indicate how well heplayed today," said UW men's golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "He had a coupleshots that looked good in the air, but when he got up to the green he didn'tget the result he was looking for. Those two unfortunate shots resulted intwo bogeys on the back nine. Overall, he played a very solid round of golf.David didn't have many breaks go his way today, and he was still able toshoot a 73. He's definitely playing good enough to put two good scores onthe board in the next two rounds, and I feel he has a good chance to advanceto the NCAAs if he can keep playing this way."
Leading the team competition is BYU with a team score of 276,12-under par. UNLV of the Mountain West Conference is tied for fifth (282),New Mexico is in seventh (284), Colorado State is tied for 16th (294) andSan Diego State is tied for 18th (297). Hearn is the only participant forWyoming.
The West Regional includes three 18-hole rounds. The second roundwill be played on Friday, May 19, and the final round will be playedSaturday, May 20.
The NCAA West Regional is composed of Districts 7 and 8 and nineat-large teams. Wyoming is located in District 7. The 2000 NCAA WestRegional will be composed of the following teams and individuals, each teamcompeting consists of five individuals: District 7 -- Six teams and two individuals Teams: Brigham Young, Fresno State, NewMexico, Colorado State, San Diego State, UTEP Individuals: David Hearn, Wyoming, Ryan Ellis, Utah. District 8 -- Twelve teams and one individual Teams: Arizona State, UNLV, Arizona,Oregon, Oregon State, California, Stanford, UCLA, Washington, Pepperdine, USC, Long BeachState Individual: One Individual At-large -- Nine teams from a national pool and three WestRegional individuals Teams: Pacific, Cal State Northridge, Idaho,Princeton, Wright State, Navy, Towson State, Iona, Maryland-Baltimore County Individuals: Three individuals
In men's collegiate golf, the NCAA Division I Championship beginswith three regional competitions. In addition to the West Regional, thereis also a Central and East Regional. All three regionals are beingcontested May 18-20. The Central Regional is being held at Victoria CountryClub in Victoria, Texas, hosted by Southwest Texas State. The East Regionalis being played at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic, Pa., hosted byTemple University.
The NCAA Division I Championship will be hosted by Auburn Universityon May 31 - June 3 at the Grand National Golf Course in Auburn, Ala.
A total of 421 individuals will be competing at the Regionalcompetitions with 156 advancing to the NCAAChampionship. Those 156 participants will consist of at least eight teamsfrom each regional. The two lowest scoring individuals from each regional,whose teams do not advance, will also move on to the championship finals.The remainder of the NCAA Championship field will be selected by theDivision I Men's Golf Committee.