May 18, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The second round of the 2001 NCAAWest Regional Men's Golf Championship wasn't kind to Wyoming senior DavidHearn. Hearn shot a seven-over par round of 79 on Friday and fell from atie for 50th place to a tie for 89th with a 36-hole total of 153, nine-overpar. The final round of the West Regional will be played on Saturday at theTrysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis, Ore. The tournament consists of 141collegiate golfers.
"David (Hearn) played 14 good holes today, but he had a hard time ona par four and a par five," said UW men's golf coach Roger Prenzlow."Against this caliber field, you can't make many mistakes. David had acouple of bad drives and they cost him. Other than those two drives, hereally played a good round of golf.
"As we talked afterward, I told him all he can do is go out and playa great round tomorrow and see what happens."
The top 10 teams from the West Regional and the top two individuals,who are not a member of one of those top 10 teams, will advance into theNCAA Championship on May 30-June 2 at the Duke University Golf Club..
Hearn is attempting to be the first Wyoming golfer to advance to theNCAA Championships. He already made UW history by being the first Wyominggolfer to qualify for three consecutive NCAA Regionals.
In the team competition, Arizona State pulled away from the field inFriday's second round. ASU entered Friday with a one-hole lead overStanford. The Sun Devils built a 17-stroke lead on Friday with a two-roundtotal of 560. They will begin Saturday's final round leading second placeUC-Irvine by a margin of 560 to 577. UC-Irvine made the biggest move of theday, climbing from a tie for seventh after Thursday's first round to secondplace on Friday.
The individual leader in the tournament is Matt Jones of ArizonaState, who shot a 65 on Friday to go with an opening round 70. Jones' totalof 135 gives him a two-stroke lead over ASU teammate Jin Park, who sits at137.
There are a total of three NCAA Regionals. All three Regionals arebeing played on the same dates, Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19. The EastRegional is being held at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg,Va., and is being hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University. OklahomaState University is hosting the Central Regional at the Karsten Creek GolfCourse in Stillwater, Okla. The NCAA Championship will be held onWednesday-Saturday, May 30 - June 2 at the Duke University Golf Club inDurham, N.C., with Duke serving as the host institution.
Hearn, a senior from Brantford, Ontario, also made history a yearago when he qualified for his second consecutive NCAA Regional. No other UWgolfer had earned two consecutive trips to the NCAAs prior to Hearn's. Theonly other UW men's golfers to reach the NCAA Regionals as individuals were:Dave McCleave in 1990 and Pat Fry in 1995. McCleave also was a member ofthe 1992 Wyoming squad which qualified for the NCAA West Regional as a team.
During the 2001 spring season, Hearn fought his way back from awrist injury that hampered him early in the spring. He is coming off a10th-place finish at the 2001 Mountain West Conference Championship where healso was named to the All-Conference team for the first time in his career.He has finished in the Top 10 individuals at each of the last threeconference championships he has played. As a sophomore in 1999, Hearn tiedfor seventh out of 80 competitors at the Western Athletic ConferenceChampionship. He went on to tie for 17th out of 93 competitors at the '99NCAA West Regional. His junior season of 2000, Hearn tied for eighth out of40 competitors at the inaugural Mountain West Conference Championship, andfinished in a tie for 90th out of 141 competitors at the 2000 West Regional.