May 20, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming junior DavidHearn knew he would have to shoot a great score on Saturday at the NCAA WestRegional if he was to have any chance of advancing to the NCAA Championship.But a low round was not in the cards for Hearn on Saturday, and he shot afinal round 76 to finish in a tie for 90th in the field of 141 golfers.
Hearn teed off on Saturday 11 strokes back of the leaders -- DerekGillespie of Arizona, Parker McLachlin of UCLA and Alex Kuyumjian of USC,who were tied at 137. Although he got off to a fast start, the necessity ofhaving to shoot a round in the 60s to move on to the NCAA Championshipforced Hearn to take some chances that he wouldn't normally take and led tomistakes that eliminated him from contention.
"David got off to a great start on Saturday, shooting a couple underafter the first few holes," said UW men's golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "Buthe began to press a little bit, trying to play a great round. He made acouple mistakes trying so hard, and that took him out of it.
"While is was disappointing to David, he'll learn from this. Davidis the kind of player who will remember this, and will use it to motivatehimself to have a better senior year than he did his junior and sophomoreseasons."
Hearn finished with a 54-hole total of 224, eight-over par. Theindividual champion was Michael Beard of Pepperdine, who shot a final round65 to post a 12-under par round total of 204.
Brigham Young University of the Mountain West Conference led througheach of the first two rounds, but couldn't hold off Arizona which took theteam title by four strokes over BYU and UNLV -- 839 to 843.
The 10 teams from the West Regional that will advance on to the NCAAChampionships are, in the order they finished: Arizona, UNLV, BYU, USC, NewMexico, Fresno State, Arizona State, Washington, Pepperdine and California.Cal defeated Idaho and Stanford on the third hole of a playoff to earn thefinal team spot in the NCAAs out of the West Regional. The two individualswho will advance on to the NCAAs are: Ryan Nelson of Portland, who finishedfourth at 209, and Brandon DiTullio of UCLA, who tied for fifth at 210.
The 2000 season marked the second consecutive year that Wyoming'sHearn earned his way to the NCAA West Regional. At the '99 West Regional inTucson, Ariz., Hearn placed 17th and missed advancing to the NCAAChampionship by one place. Hearn is coming off an eighth-place showing atthe 2000 Mountain West Conference Championships in Palm Desert, Calif., May1-3.
The West Regional included three 18-hole rounds. The tournament wasplayed Thursday-Saturday, May 18-20 on the Riverbend Golf Club in Fresno,Calif. The course played to a par of 72 and measured 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 were contested May18-20. The Central Regional was played at Victoria Country Club inVictoria, Texas, hosted by Southwest Texas State. The East Regional wasplayed at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic, Pa., hosted by TempleUniversity.
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 competed at the Regional competitionswith 156 advancing to the NCAAChampionship.