Wyoming Senior to Participate in Regional Championship This Week

May 14, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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University of Wyoming senior Mike Urbatchka will compete at the 2002 NCAA Men's Golf West Regional this Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18 in Albuquerque, N.M. Urbatchka is a native of Sheridan, Wyo.

The tournament will feature 27 teams and six individuals in a 54-hole event to be played at The Championship Course at the University of New Mexico. The course measures 7,368 yards and plays to a par of 72.

This will be Urbatchka's first appearance in the NCAA West Regional. It marks the fourth consecutive season that a UW individual has been selected to the field. Former Cowboy David Hearn played in the West Regional in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

"I'm very excited to know that I've been selected," said Urbatchka. "I feel very honored that I get to represent my team, the University and the state of Wyoming at least one more time. Coach (Joe) Jensen really emphasized this tournament to our entire team this spring. When you set your mind to something like this, it's great to finally achieve it and realize that all the hard work paid off.

"It is always fun to play with the best players at any level. I've competed against a number of these players before. This is a big tournament, but I just want to approach it the same way I've approached every other tournament in my college career and see how far I can go."

"This is a great accomplishment for Mike (Urbatchka), and is a big positive for our program," said UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "Mike has worked extremely hard for this honor, and I know he will represent the University of Wyoming well.

"Mike is the type of player who usually plays his best against top competition. He will be playing against the top players in the country, and I know he is looking forward to this challenge."

Urbatchka posted five Top 25 finishes in 10 tournaments during the 2001-02 season, including four Top 10 showings. He also led the Cowboys in stroke average this season at 73.34 strokes per round. Urbatchka was one of 10 individuals named to the Mountain West Conference All-Conference team at the conclusion of the 2002 MWC Championship.

The West Regional begins on Wednesday, May 15 with a practice round that begins at 8:00 a.m., Mountain time. The first 18-hole round of competition tees off on Thursday, May 16. That will be followed by the second round on Friday, May 17. The final 18-hole round will be played on Saturday, May 18.

Here are Urbatchka's tee times for each day of the 2002 NCAA West Regional.

Wednesday, May 15 (Practice Round)12:40 p.m.      Individuals 4-6 off 1st tee

Thursday, May 16 (First Round)1:12 p.m. Individuals 4-6 off 10th tee

Friday, May 17 (Second Round)9:00 a.m. Individuals 4-6 off 1st tee

Saturday, May 18 (Final Round)9:09 a.m. Individuals 4-6 off 10th tee

The six individuals and 27 teams competing in thisyear's NCAA West Regional are:

Individuals

1. Chris Baryla, UTEP 4. Brandon Hillpot, Cal Riverside2. Ben Leestma, Air Force 5. Mike Urbatchka, Wyoming3. David Yarnes, Oregon St. 6. Eric Billinger, Denver

Teams (Listed by Seed)

1. USC 10. Nevada 19. Arizona State2. Texas 11. Oregon 20. Texas Tech3. Minnesota 12. Ohio State 21. California4. Fresno State 13. UCLA 22. Brigham Young5. Washington 14. Washington State 23. Colorado State6. New Mexico 15. Cal Irvine 24. Illinois State7. Pepperdine 16. Pacific 25. Detroit-Mercy8. San Diego State 17. UNLV 26. IU-Purdue at Indianapolis9. Arizona 18. Stanford 27. Central Connecticut St.

The West Regional is one of three regionals leading up to the NCAA Championship. The East Regional will be hosted by Georgia Tech University, and will be played at the Ansley Golf Club's Settin' Down Creek Course in Roswell, Ga. The Central Regional will be played at the Pleasant Valley Golf Course in Little Rock, Ark., and will be hosted by the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. All three regionals consist of 27 teams and six individuals, and all three will be played May 16-18.

The top 10 teams and top two individuals, not a member of one of those 10 teams, will advance from each regional to the NCAA Championship. The 2002 NCAA Championship will be played May 29-June 1 at the Scarlet Course at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.