Wyoming's David Hearn Earns Spot in NCAA West Regional Golf Championship

May 11, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming sophomoreDavid Hearn has been selected to the 1999 NCAA West Regional Men's GolfChampionship to be played in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday-Saturday, May 20-22.The Wyoming Cowboys narrowly missed qualifying as a team for the WestRegional. Wyoming, a member of District 7, was the seventh-ranked team in District 7. Only six teams fromDistrict 7 were selected for the West Regional.

The teams from District 7 which qualified for the NCAA West Regionalwere: Brigham Young, New Mexico, Fresno State, San Diego State, ColoradoState and UTEP. In addition to Hearn, one other individual was selectedfrom District 7 for the West Regional. That individual was Justin Peters ofthe University of Nevada.

Hearn, from Brantford, Ontario, enjoyed an outstanding sophomoreseason. He led the Cowboys in stroke average at 72.7 strokes per round, andhe recorded nine Top 25 finishes in 12 tournaments during the 1998-99season. In his most recent tournament, he placed seventh out of 80 golfersat the 1999 Western Athletic Conference Championships.

"David (Hearn) had an outstanding season, and is very deserving ofthis honor," said Wyoming men's golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "David playedconsistent golf all year long. He showed at the WAC Championships that hewas among the best in our conference, and now he'll have an opportunity tosee how he stacks up with the best college golfers in the country.

"I feel bad for the rest of our guys that we didn't qualify as ateam. We made a great run at the end of the year, and put a scare intoseveral teams in the District (7). We had a young team this season -- threesophomores and two freshmen -- and that should make for an exciting futurefor our program."

Hearn is the first Wyoming golfer to qualify for the NCAA Regionalssince Pat Fry was selected as an individual to the 1995 West Regional. Thelast time Wyoming qualified for the NCAA West Regional as a team was in1992.

The NCAA Men's Golf Championship is split into three regions -- theEast, Central and West Regionals. A total of 324 golfers are selected tocompete in the three regions with 156 advancing on to the 1999 NCAAChampionships at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., June2-5. From the West Region, the top nine teams and top two individuals (thatare not a member of one of the top nine teams) will qualify for the NCAAChampionships.

The West Region is made up of District 7 and District 8. The WestRegional will be played at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort in Tucson,Ariz., May 20-22. The course measures 7,087 yards, and plays to a par of72. The format for the Regionals is 54 holes, with one 18-hole round beingplayed each of the three days.

Wyoming played in one of the top golf conferences in the nation thisseason. In addition to the six WAC teams that qualified for the NCAAs fromDistrict 7, WAC member UNLV qualified from District 8 for the West Regional,SMU and TCU qualified for the Central Regional from District 6 and Tulsaqualified for the Central Regional from District 5. In all, 10 WAC teamsqualified for NCAA Regionals. UNLV is the defending NCAA Champion, whileNew Mexico and Arizona State are the defending West Regional Champions.

Here is a breakdown of the 18 teams and three individuals competingin the 1999 NCAA West Regional Men's Golf Championship. The teams arelisted in the order of their rank within their District.

1999 NCAA West Regional Field

District 7 Teams and Individuals1. Brigham Young2. New Mexico3. Fresno State4. San Diego State5. Colorado State6. UTEPIndividuals: David Hearn, Wyoming Justin Peters, Nevada

District 8 Teams and Individuals1. UNLV2. Arizona State3. UCLA4. Washington5. Oregon6. California7. Pepperdine8. Arizona9. USC10.Stanford11.Oregon State12.UC-Santa BarbaraIndividual: Mike Lawrence, UC-Irvine