Men's Golf Set to Host WAC Championships Monday
Coming off its best finish of the year at last week’s PING Cougar Classic, the Nevada men’s golf team will play host to the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Championships on Monday-Wednesday, April 30-May 2 at the par 72, 7,269-yard Hidden Valley Country Club in Reno. With top 10 finishes in 11 of 12 tournaments this year, including six top five showings, the Wolf Pack will be looking to win its first WAC Championship since joining the league in 2000-01 and its first conference crown since 1986. Nevada has won five all-time conference championships.
ABOUT THE WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Awards will be presented following the completion of the tournament, including the championship team trophy, top three finishers at the championship, five-man all-conference team based on season play, Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year.
The Wolf Pack will be paired with Idaho and San Jose State in Monday’s first round with tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. Boise State, New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech will tee off at 8:15 a.m. followed by Fresno State, Utah State and Hawai’i at 9 a.m.
All nine league teams will compete at the 2007 WAC Championships, including Boise State, Fresno State, Hawai’i, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Utah State.
ADMISSION, LIVE SCORING & RESULTS
NEVADA’S CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
Nevada’s best finish at the WAC Championships in its seven years as a member of the conference came in 2004-05 when the team turned in a fourth-place showing. Last year, the team finished a disappointing fifth at the WAC Championships but earned a bid to the NCAA West Regional. The W0lf Pack tied for ninth at the 2006 NCAA West Regional to advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time in 16 years.
WOLF PACK TAKES HOME THREE WAC GOLFER-OF-THE-WEEK AWARDS
Coffman earned his first league honor for the week of February 19-25 after carding three sub-par rounds at the John Burns Intercollegiate and tying for 13th with a total of five-under 211 (71-69-71). Cooper received the award for March 5-11 after he shot a two-under 214 (70-76-68) at the Callaway Golf Invitational at the Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. He had two rounds below par, including a career-low 68 in the final round. Coffman was named the golfer of the week again for April 11-17. He finished fifth at the US Intercollegiate at the Stanford (Calif.) Golf Course, turning in rounds of 70, 71 and 68 to finish with a three-round total of one-under par, 209.
LAST TIME OUT
For the Wolf Pack, all five individuals finished in the top 30, led by Cooper who turned in the best showing of his career at fourth place. Cooper carded an even-par 72 in the final round to finish with a three-round total of seven-under 209 (68-69-72). Sophomore Matt Rippy turned in his third consecutive under-par round with a two-under 70 on Saturday and finished in a tie for 10th at four-under 212 (71-71-70). Freshman Ryan Hallisey tied for 20th at one-under 215 (71-70-74), while freshman Taylor Coffman shot a four-under 68 in Saturday’s final round to finish in a tie for 24th at even-par 216 (74-74-68). Rounding out the Wolf Pack lineup was junior James Haban who tied for 28th at one-over 217 (72-72-73).
YOUNGSTERS LEADING THE WAY
The top 10 teams and top two individuals not on those teams at each regional site will earn an invitation to the 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships May 30-June 2 in Williamsburg, Va. Virginia Commonwealth University will play host to the 110th annual national tournament on the Gold Course of the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va