May 8, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The NCAA Division I Men's Golf Committeeannounced today the participants for the 2001 NCAA Regionals, andUniversity of Wyoming senior David Hearn was selected as an individualfor the NCAA West Regional. It is Hearn's third consecutive season tobe named to the NCAA field as an individual. No other Wyoming golferhas ever earned invitations to the NCAAs in three consecutive seasons.
The NCAA West Regional will be held at the Trysting Tree Golf Course inCorvallis, Ore., and will be hosted by Oregon State University. Thereare a total of three NCAA Regionals. The East Regional will becontested at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va., andwill be hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University. Oklahoma StateUniversity will host the Central Regional at the Karsten Creek GolfCourse in Stillwater, Okla. All three NCAA Regionals will be conductedon Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19, 2001. The NCAA Championship will beheld on Wednesday-Saturday, May 30 - June 2 at the Duke University GolfClub in Durham, N.C., with Duke serving as the host institution.
Hearn, a senior from Brantford, Ontario, also made history a year agowhen he qualified for his second consecutive NCAA Regional. No other UWgolfer had earned two consecutive trips to the NCAAs prior to Hearn's.The only other UW men's golfers to reach the NCAA Regionals asindividuals were: Dave McCleave in 1990 and Pat Fry in 1995. McCleavealso was a member of the 1992 Wyoming squad which qualified for the NCAAWest Regional as a team.
"David (Hearn) has earned this honor with his outstanding play thisseason," said UW men's golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "He has provedhimself to be among the top collegiate players in the country over hiscareer at Wyoming, and he has accomplished things that no other playerhas in school history.
"I know David is excited about returning to the NCAAs. He has both thegame and the experience to have a great tournament. He came within acouple of places of moving on to the NCAA Championship as a sophomore,and I know that is a goal he wants to accomplish before his collegecareer comes to an end."
"I'm very pleased to be given the opportunity to participate in thisyear's NCAA West Regional," said senior David Hearn. "I got off to aslow start with my injury this spring, so this is a great."
"My attitude and goals are the same as they've also been heading intothe Regional, which will be to qualify for nationals. I'm very confidentin my game right now, and look forward to the competition."
During the 2001 spring season, Hearn fought his way back from a wristinjury that hampered him early in the spring. He is coming off a10th-place finish at the 2001 Mountain West Conference Championshipwhere he also was named to the All-Conference team for the first time inhis career. He has finished in the Top 10 individuals at each of thelast three conference championships he has played. As a sophomore in1999, Hearn tied for seventh out of 80 competitors at the WesternAthletic Conference Championship. He went on to tie for 17th out of 93competitors at the `99 NCAA West Regional. His junior season of 2000,Hearn tied for eighth out of 40 competitors at the inaugural MountainWest Conference Championship, and finished in a tie for 90th out of 141competitors at the 2000 West Regional.
No Wyoming golfer has ever advanced to the NCAA Championship. Hearnwill be looking to accomplish that feat in this his senior season.
Each NCAA Regional will consist of a total of 54 holes of golf with one18-hole round being played on three consecutive days. The top 10 teamsfrom each NCAA Regional and the top two individuals, who are not amember of one of those top 10 teams, will advance into the NCAAChampionship.