May 19, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming senior David Hearn concludedthe greatest career in University of Wyoming golf history on Saturday,placing 101st at the 2001 NCAA West Regional. Hearn shot a final round of78 to finish with a three-round total of 231, 15-over par. While Hearndidn't reach his goal of advancing on to the NCAA Championship, he is theonly UW golfer in history to qualify for three consecutive NCAA Regionals.The final round of the West Regional was played on Saturday at the TrystingTree Golf Course in Corvallis, Ore. The tournament consisted of 141collegiate golfers.
"What a great career David (Hearn) had here at Wyoming" said UWmen's golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "Even though he wasn't able to move on tothe NCAA Championship, he accomplished things at Wyoming that no one everhad before. He has set new standards for future Wyoming golfers to attain,and I'm very proud of the way he has represented our program through hisfour years.
"Now, we can look forward to following David's golf career fromhere. We wish him all the best in his future in golf."
The top 10 teams from the West Regional advanced on to the NCAAChampionship plus the top two individuals, who were not a member of one ofthose Top 10 teams. The two individuals who advanced were Nick Watney ofFresno State, who tied for fourth place at 213, and Charleton Dechert ofOral Roberts, who tied for sixth place at 214. The Top 10 teams thatadvanced were: team champion Arizona State, along with Arizona, UC-Irvine,Pacific, South Carolina, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, Wake Forest andWashington. Arizona State won the tournament by 15 strokes oversecond-place Arizona, 852 to 867. Mountain West Conference members UNLV andSan Diego State barely missed qualifying for the NCAAs, finishing 11th and12th respectively. The NCAA Championship will be held on May 30-June 2 atthe Duke University Golf Club..
The individual title for the West Regional ended in a tie betweenMatt Jones of Arizona State and Kyle Thompson of South Carolina. Both endedwith 54-hole totals of 208, eight under par.
There were a total of three NCAA Regionals. All three Regionalswere played on the same dates, Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19. The EastRegional was held at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.,and was hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University. Oklahoma StateUniversity hosted the Central Regional at the Karsten Creek Golf Course inStillwater, Okla. The NCAA Championship will be held on Wednesday-Saturday,May 30 - June 2 at the Duke University Golf Club in Durham, N.C., with Dukeserving 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.