May 19, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming's David Hearn fired athree-over par 75 on Friday at the NCAA West Regional Men's GolfChampionship, being played in Fresno, Calif. Hearn opened the tournamentwith one-over par 73 on Thursday. He will enter Saturday's final round witha 36-hole total of 148, tied for 74th in the field of the top 141 men'scollegiate golfers in the Western United States.
Hearn began Friday's second round tied for 49th, only six shots outof the lead. He will tee off on Saturday 11 strokes back of the leaders --Derek Gillespie of Arizona, Parker McLachlin of UCLA and Alex Kuyumjian ofUSC, who are tied at 137.
Brigham Young University of the Mountain West Conference continuesto lead the team competition. BYU holds a one-stroke lead over Arizonaheading into Saturday's final round. BYU sits at 557, while Arizona is at558. BYU also led the first round by four strokes over Arizona.
"David didn't have the kind of day he was looking for," said UWmen's golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "He had a couple of bad drives on parfives today which resulted in bogeys instead of birdies. As David and Italked after the round, he just needs to go out and put up a good score inthe final round and not worry about whether he makes the cut for the NCAAChampionships. You never know what might happen in a big tournament likethis. David will have the advantage of playing in the morning before thewind comes up, and if he can put up a low score he may be able to catchquite a few golfers."
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.
The West Regional includes three 18-hole rounds. The final roundwill be played Saturday, May 20 on the Riverbend Golf Club in Fresno, Calif.The course plays to a par of 72 and measures 6,966 yards.
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 are 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.