Men's Golf Heads to NCAA West Regional
Winners of the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Championship, the
ABOUT THE NCAA WEST REGIONAL
Teams will play 18 holes each day with tee times beginning at 6:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Tee times and team pairings are predetermined for the first and second rounds, while tee times for the Saturday’s final rounds will be determined by results. The top four scores from each five-person team will count toward the team score each round.
As the No. 22 seed, the Wolf Pack will be paired with 23rd-seeded
Joining Nevada in the 27-team field in Tempe (in order of seed) are Stanford, UCLA, UNLV, USC, East Tennessee State, Brigham Young, Arizona State, Wake Forest, Arizona, UC Irvine, South Carolina, Washington, Vanderbilt, Augusta State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, New Mexico, Oregon State, Colorado State, Oregon, California, Denver, Pennsylvania, Detroit, Bucknell and Monmouth.
A total of 81 teams and 18 individuals will compete in this week’s three NCAA Regionals for a chance to advance to the NCAA Championships (27 teams and six individuals at each site). Georgia Tech will host the East Regional at the Golf Club of Georgia in
ADMISSION, LIVE SCORING & RESULTS
Admission to the NCAA West Regional is free for fans, while live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com for fans who can’t follow the action in person. Results from each round will also be available each day at www.nevadawolfpack.com.
Under the direction of third-year head coach Rich Merritt, Nevada’s lineup for the tournament will include freshman Taylor Coffman (San Diego, Calif.), junior Chase Cooper (Guymon, Okla.), sophomore Matt Rippy (Boise, Idaho), freshman Ryan Hallisey (Granite Bay, Calif.) and junior James Haban (Crescent City, Calif.).
The Wolf Pack swept the WAC honors this season with freshman Taylor Coffman named the WAC Player and Freshman of the Year and third-year head coach Rich Merritt selected as the WAC Coach of the Year. Coffman became the first member of the Wolf Pack to win WAC Player of the Year honors as well as the third to be named the top player in the team’s league and the first since Rich Barcelo was the Big West Conference Player of the Year in 1998. Coffman and sophomore Matt Rippy earned spots on the All-WAC first team, while freshman Ryan Hallisey was a second-team selection.
YOUNGSTERS LEADING THE WAY
A pair of true freshmen and a sophomore are
Freshman Taylor Coffman chipped out of the bunker and made a four-foot putt for par to clinch
Coffman led the Wolf Pack with a tie for fifth place individually at two-under 214 (69-69-76), while junior Chase Cooper tied for eighth at even-par 216 (68-72-76). Rippy finished in a tie for 12th at one-over 217 (72-67-78), while Hallisey ended up in a tie for 17th at two-over 218 (69-71-78). Rounding out the Wolf Pack lineup was junior James Haban who tied for 27th at seven-over 223 (78-69-76).
WOLF PACK BIO UPDATES
Taylor Coffman - 6-0 - Freshman
- Was named the 2007 WAC Player and Freshman of the Year.
- Also earned first-team All-WAC honors as a true freshman.
- Leads the team in stroke average at 71.69 and is the only Wolf Pack player to appear in all 14 tournaments this season.
- Has turned in a team-best nine top 20 finishes, including three top five showings.
- His best finish was a runner-up showing at the Barona Collegiate Cup in October. Finished in a tie for first at 13-under 203 (67-67-69) but lost in the second hole of a playoff.
- Two-time WAC Golfer of the Week.
- Has carded 22 rounds at or under par this season, including nine in the 60s.
- Shot a career-low 67 twice this season (both at the Barona Collegiate Cup).
Chase Cooper - 6-7 - Junior
- Averaging 73.52 stroke per round.
- Tied for third on the team with four top 20 finishes this year.
- Was named the WAC Golfer of the Week for March 5-11 after finishing seventh at the Callaway Golf Invitational in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
- Finished fourth at the PING Cougar Classic, finished at seven-under 209 to lead the team.
- Has carded nine rounds at or under par (five in the 60s), including a career-low 68 three times this season.
James Haban - 6-4 - Junior
- Averaging 73.17 strokes per round this season.
- Turned in one top 20 finish this year, tying for 16th at the Wolf Pack Classic at one-under 215.
- Carded a career-low 69 three times this year, most recently in the second round of the WAC Championships.
- Has turned in 13 rounds at or under par this season, including three in the 60s.
Ryan Hallisey - 5-11 - Freshman
- Earned second-team All-WAC honors as a true freshman.
- Third on the team in stroke average at 72.94.
- Is tied for third on the team with four top 20 finishes.
- Tied for 14th at the Callaway Golf Invitational in March.
- Broke 70 for the first time of his college career with a three-under 69 in the first round of the WAC Championships.
- Has turned in 15 rounds at or under par this year.
Matt Rippy - 6-1 - Sophomore
- Earned first-team All-WAC honors this season.
- Second on the team in stroke average at 72.86.
- Has turned in five top five finishes this year, second-most on the team.
- His best finish was a tie for 10th at the PING Cougar Classic in April.
- Carded a career-low 67 (-5) in the second round of the WAC Championships.
HEAD COACH RICH MERRITT
Merritt came to the
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) and finished seventh 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 (
LAST YEAR AT THE NCAA WEST REGIONAL
Led by co-medalist Casey Watabu, the Wolf Pack finished in a tie for ninth at the 2006 NCAA West Regional in
The top 10 teams and top two individuals not on those teams at the NCAA West Regional will earn invitations 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.