WHAT: The 51st annual Pacific-10 Conference Men’s Golf Championship.
WHEN: Monday-Wednesday, April 26-28, 2010
HOST: Arizona State will serve as the host for the 72-hole Championship.
ASU Karsten Golf Course, Tempe, Ariz.
Par 71, 7,057 yards
WHO: Men’s golf teams from all 10 institutions will compete for bragging rights at the 2010 Pac-10 Men’s Golf Championship.
ADMISSION: Admission to the 2010 Pacific-10 Men’s Golf Championship is free.
MEDIA CONTACT: Arizona State’s Doug Tammaro will serve as the media contact for the 2010 Pac-10 Men’s Golf Championship. For media inquiries you can contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOURNAMENT RESULTS: At the conclusion of each round, results will be posted on the Pac-10’s web site (www.pac-10.org) and a link will also be available on the Pac-10 website to live Golfstat scoring.
GOLFERS TO WATCH
Oregon State senior Diego Velasquez holds the No. 3 ranking in the nation according to Golfweek. The Bogota, Colombia native owns a 70.59 scoring average and is on pace to break the school record by a full stroke. In October at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, Velasquez took first with a score of 10-under 206. At the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, he finished tied for 16th, 2-under 211. His teammate Mike Barry finished tied for 8th to help the squad finish seventh overall in the high-powered field. Velasquez has been named to the watch list for the Ben Hogan Award, which is presented annually to the best collegiate golfer in the nation.
Washington senior Nick Taylor is ranked fourth in the nation and comes into the Pac-10 Championships fresh off a second place finish at the U.S. Intercollegiate with a score of five-under 205. His performance included three-straight rounds of under-70 golf, and led Washington to a third place team finish in the tournament. At the difficult ASU Sundevil Invitational Taylor finished tied for third with a score of six-under 207 to help the team come back from being down by 16 strokes to win the invitational. For the second-straight year he has been named one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Ben Hogan Award.
Stanford sophomore David Chung is playing strongly coming into the Pac-10 Championships after tying for 6th place at the U.S. Intercollegiate with a score of three-under 207. The Cardinal is the highest ranked Pac-10 team, ranked No. 4 according to Golfweek, and Chung led the squad to a fourth place finish at the ASU Invitational, finishing in eighth place after shooting a final round of 68. He was named one of ten finalists for the Ben Hogan Award, given annually to the best collegiate golfer in the nation. Chung was recently selected to compete on the U.S. squad at the Palmer Cup which showcases the top collegiate players from the United States and Europe.
The No. 6 ranked UCLA team finished second at the Western Intercollegiate recently, led by sophomore Alex Shi Yup Kim, who tied for fourth at three-under 210. Kim is ranked No. 23 in the country according to Golfweek. Freshman Pontus Widegren has been named the 2010 Palmer Cup’s Team Europe. At the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, the Bruins took second and Widegren tied for 16th at two-under 211.
No. 14 ranked Eugene Wong of Oregon won the Western Intercollegiate and helped lead the Ducks to their school-best fourth team title this season. Wong also earned a win a the USC Invitational finishing 10-under 203. These two victories mark the first of Wong’s career. For his efforts Wong was named the Pac-10 Men’s Golfer of the Month for March.