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West: South Carolina, Vandy impress

By LANCE RINGLER
Assistant Editor

TEMPE, Ariz. – Two SEC schools were sent west and are headed back east chasing a national championship. South Carolina and Vanderbilt, both seeded outside the top 10, managed to finish inside the top 10 at the NCAA West Regional and advance to the NCAA Championship at the Golden Horseshoe in Williamsburg, Va., beginning May 30.

South Carolina, the No. 11 seed, not only finished inside the top 10, it won the championship.

Entering the final round one shot behind UCLA, South Carolina posted a 10-under 278 to finish two shots clear of the Bruins. The Gamecocks had not finished better than fourth in 10 tournaments this year.

“It puts us on the map a little bit this year. Obviously we were under the radar coming into this event this year with the way we have played,” South Carolina associate head coach Bill McDonald said.

McDonald is in his first season with the Gamecock program, and was brought to Columbia by his former coach and boss Puggy Blackmon. Blackmon, who coached McDonald at Georgia Tech, is expected to be named South Carolina’s director of golf in the future. Blackmon has not been on the road with the Gamecocks for much of the season and joined the program in September. He is expected to have the associate tag removed next year.

For the Bruins, it is their fourth consecutive tournament finishing in second place.

“We would rather win, but we are happy for South Carolina, they played great and we respect their win,” UCLA coach O.D. Vincent said. “We feel pretty good moving on.”

Along with the Gamecocks and Bruins, also advancing are Southern California, Arizona State, Vanderbilt, Arizona, Stanford and New Mexico

The final two spots were determined by a playoff. Oregon State, East Tennessee State and Wake Forest played in the morning wave and waited all afternoon to see what BYU and Colorado State were going to post. BYU started off quickly and moved into solo ninth for some time. Colorado State got close to the playoff number which was 25-under, but came up short.

It looked as if it was going to be Oregon State and East Tennessee State grabbing the last two spots, but Wake Forest’s junior Chris McCartin went birdie-birdie-par on Karsten Golf Course’s closing three holes to push Wake Forest into the three-way playoff.

The Demon Deacons went on to advance in extra holes with East Tennessee State, while Oregon State did not advance.

Vanderbilt, under the guidance of first-year coach Tom Shaw who joined the squad after a successful stint at Tulane, posted the regional’s best 18-hole score with a final round 21-under 267.

“For us to make it is a tribute to the guys on the team. They have played fantastic this week,” Shaw said. “This is great for my first year as a head coach to be part of this.”

Vanderbilt advances to the NCAA Championship for the first time since the 2004 season for only the third time in program history.

The top three ranked players in the country – Southern California’s Jamie Lovemark, Arizona State’s Niklas Lemke and East Tennessee State’s Rhys Davies – were in the field, but it was Arizona State sophomore Benjamin Alvarado, ranked 29th, posting a final round 6-under 66 to win his first collegiate title. His 18-under 198 total is a new 54-hole Karsten Golf Course record.

“Ben was excellent all weekend, just like he has been the past four tournaments," Arizona State coach Randy Lein said.

Alvarado, who made 21 birdies and an eagle, is 40-under-par in his last 13 rounds and finished in the top seven in his last four starts.

Penn's Chance Pippitone, No. 908 in the Golfweek Rankings, and BYU’s Daniel Summerhays earned the two individual spots. Summerhays returns to the course where he tied the NCAA low 18-hole round of 60 at the Ping/Golfweek Fall Preview.

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Lance Ringler is a Golfweek assistant editor. To reach him e-mail [email protected]

Scores with relation to par from the finalround of the NCAA Division I Men's West Regional, played May 17-19 at thepar-72, 7,057-yard Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. (Note: y-playedas individual):

TEAMS
1. South Carolina 273-269-278–820

-44 2. UCLA 268-273-281–822

-42 3. Southern California 277-273-274–824

-40 3. Arizona State 275-275-274–824

-40 5. Vanderbilt 283-276-267–826

-38 6. Arizona 282-275-271–828

-36 7. Stanford 277-280-274–831

-33 8. New Mexico 275-282-276–833

-31 9. Wake Forest 285-277-277–839

-25 9. East Tennessee St. 278-277-284–839

-25 9. Oregon State 281-275-283–839

-25 12. Brigham Young 283-280-278–841

-23 12. Pepperdine 277-285-279–841

-23 14. Washington 284-271-287–842

-22 15. California 280-282-281–843

-21 16. Colorado State 284-284-276–844

-20 16. UNLV 281-281-282–844

-20 18. Augusta State 284-285-278–847

-17 19. Oregon 292-281-284–857

-7 20. Nevada 289-286-286–861

-3 21. Denver 285-290-287–862

-2 22. UC-Irvine 289-288-286–863

-1 23. Pennsylvania 288-293-284–865
+ 1 24. San Diego State 296-289-299–884
+ 20 25. Detroit 297-297-293–887
+ 23 26. Bucknell 299-299-295–893
+ 29 27. Monmouth 302-295-311–908
+ 44
INDIVIDUALS

1. Benjamin Alvarado, Arizona St. 67-65-66–198

-18 2. Kevin Chappell, UCLA 66-68-67–201

-15 2. Jon Curran, Vanderbilt 71-65-65–201

-15 2. Jamie Lovemark, So. California 69-63-69–201

-15 5. Chance Pipitone, Penn 67-70-65–202

-14 5. Daniel Summerhays, BYU 72-67-63–202

-14 7. Charlie Beljan, New Mexico 65-68-70–203

-13 7. y-Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount 69-67-67–203

-13 7. Chris McCartin, Wake Forest 68-69-66–203

-13 10. James Allenby, Oregon St. 66-68-70–204

-12 10. Joseph Bramlett, Stanford 71-67-66–204

-12 10. George Bryan IV, South Carolina 68-67-69–204

-12 10. Steve Saunders, New Mexico 68-69-67–204

-12 14. Rhys Davies, East Tennessee St. 70-67-68–205

-11 14. Josh Esler, Arizona 71-66-68–205

-11 14. Rory Hie, So. California 67-71-67–205

-11 14. Pete Oriol, Arizona 70-69-66–205

-11 18. Mark Anderson, South Carolina 68-68-70–206

-10 18. Florian Fritsch, South Carolina 68-67-71–206

-10 18. Michael Jensen, California 66-71-69–206

-10 18. Dustin Morris, Colorado St. 71-69-66–206

-10 18. Billy Whalen, Vanderbilt 69-72-65–206

-10 23. Wallace Booth, Augusta St. 69-69-69–207

-9 23. Joel Dahmen, Washington 67-68-72–207

-9 23. Erik Flores, UCLA 64-69-74–207

-9 23. y-Mike McRae, St. Mary's-Calif. 70-69-68–207

-9 23. Gareth Shaw, East Tennessee St. 70-70-67–207

-9 23. Webb Simpson, Wake Forest 68-70-69–207

-9 23. Carl Smith IV, Pepperdine 66-72-69–207

-9 30. Jesse Barnsley, Pepperdine 71-68-69–208

-8 30. Brandon Beck, California 71-68-69–208

-8 30. Seung-su Han, UNLV 72-67-69–208

-8 30. Major Manning, Augusta St. 69-72-67–208

-8 30. Clay Ogden, BYU 71-66-71–208

-8 30. Brian Prouty, Arizona 70-70-68–208

-8 36. Lucas Lee, UCLA 71-66-72–209

-7 36. Daniel Lim, Stanford 72-71-66–209

-7 36. Zack Miller, Stanford 67-71-71–209

-7 36. Jarred Texter, UNLV 72-68-69–209

-7 40. Jay Choe, UC-Irvine 70-69-71–210

-6 40. Tom Glissmeyer, So. California 73-69-68–210

-6 40. Niklas Lemke, Arizona St. 71-72-67–210

-6 43. Tristan Bierenbroodspot, Arizona St. 71-72-68–211

-5 43. Zen Brown, Colorado St. 69-71-71–211

-5 43. Taylor Coffman, Nevada 69-70-72–211

-5 43. Daniel Im, UCLA 69-70-72–211

-5 43. Hudson Johnson, Vanderbilt 73-71-67–211

-5 43. Jason Kang, UCLA 69-72-70–211

-5 43. Jordan Nasser, So. California 70-71-70–211

-5 43. Mark Silvers, South Carolina 69-73-69–211

-5 43. Warren Thomas, South Carolina 74-67-70–211

-5 43. Nathan Tyler, Arizona 71-70-70–211

-5 53. Knut Borsheim, Arizona St. 69-66-77–212

-4 53. y-Geoff Gonzalez, Cal Poly 73-72-67–212

-4 53. Ryan Hallisey, Nevada 75-67-70–212

-4 53. Chris Killmer, Washington 73-67-72–212

-4 53. Seamus Power, East Tennessee St. 69-66-77–212

-4 53. Alex Prugh, Washington 72-66-74–212

-4 53. Matt Savage, Stanford 70-71-71–212

-4 53. Diego Velasquez, Oregon St. 74-67-71–212

-4 53. Alex Williams, Oregon St. 70-70-72–212

-4 62. Joey Benedetti, Oregon 73-68-72–213

-3 62. Zach Bixler, Washington 72-70-71–213

-3 62. Nick Geyer, New Mexico 69-73-71–213

-3 62. Luke List, Vanderbilt 75-68-70–213

-3 62. y-Dustin Pimm, Utah 70-69-74–213

-3 62. Eric Shriver, Pepperdine 71-69-73–213

-3 62. Charlie Soule, Denver 69-70-74–213

-3 62. Colin Wilcox, Pepperdine 69-76-68–213

-3 62. Joshua Wooding, So. California 71-70-72–213

-3 71. Brendan Gielow, Wake Forest 77-67-70–214

-2 71. Rob Grube, Stanford 69-74-71–214

-2 71. Jeff Koprivetz, Denver 69-70-75–214

-2 71. Eddie Olson, UNLV 68-74-72–214

-2 71. Derrick Whiting, Colorado St. 70-71-73–214

-2 76. Robbie Fillmore, BYU 68-75-72–215

-1 76. Keith Guest, Augusta St. 73-72-70–215

-1 76. Vincent Johnson, Oregon St. 75-70-70–215

-1 76. Kyle Nielsen, New Mexico 73-72-70–215

-1 76. Josh Wilks, Arizona 75-71-69–215

-1 81. John Chin, UC-Irvine 74-73-69–216

E 81. Matt Ma, Oregon 78-70-68–216

E 81. Tyler Matthews, Vanderbilt 70-74-72–216

E 81. Cian McNamara, East Tennessee St. 69-74-73–216

E 81. Michael Wilson, California 75-71-70–216

E 86. Fredrik Andersson, Arizona St. 68-76-73–217
+ 1 86. C.J. Gatto, UNLV 69-76-72–217
+ 1 86. y-Darrin Hall, San Diego 70-75-72–217
+ 1 86. y-Thomas Petersson, Pacific 71-71-75–217
+ 1 86. Derek Sipe, Oregon 71-75-71–217
+ 1 86. Charlie Waddell, Bucknell 71-73-73–217
+ 1 86. Aaron Weston, Colorado St. 75-75-67–217
+ 1 93. Tim Cha, UC-Irvine 76-72-70–218
+ 2 93. George Gandranata, California 70-75-73–218
+ 2 93. Chris Jensen, California 73-72-73–218
+ 2 93. Daniel Wax, Denver 74-74-70–218
+ 2 97. Robb Bierbaum, New Mexico 74-76-69–219
+ 3 97. Jake Ellison, BYU 72-72-75–219
+ 3 97. Bryce Hanstad, Colorado St. 74-73-72–219
+ 3 97. Adam Porzak, San Diego St. 76-71-72–219
+ 3 97. Nick Ryder, Penn 74-75-70–219
+ 3 97. Mark Sommerfeld, Detroit 73-74-72–219
+ 3 97. Ted Whitney, Oregon 71-75-73–219
+ 3 104. Dustin Groves, Wake Forest 76-71-73–220
+ 4 104. James Haban, Nevada 70-73-77–220
+ 4 104. Espen Kofstad, Denver 73-76-71–220
+ 4 104. Kyler Murphy, Detroit 73-76-71–220
+ 4 108. Andrew Cohen, Bucknell 73-78-70–221
+ 5 108. Brian Edick, UC-Irvine 71-74-76–221
+ 5 108. Erik Olson, Washington 79-70-72–221
+ 5 111. Nick Becker, BYU 75-75-72–222
+ 6 111. David Byrne, Detroit 75-70-77–222
+ 6 111. Zeke Reyna, Oregon 77-68-77–222
+ 6 111. Cory Segall, San Diego St. 81-70-71–222
+ 6 115. Anthony Campanile, Monmouth 78-70-75–223
+ 7 115. Chase Cooper, Nevada 75-78-70–223
+ 7 115. Sean Moore, Wake Forest 73-78-72–223
+ 7 118. Brian Bartow, Bucknell 79-72-73–224
+ 8 118. Brett Kanda, UNLV 78-72-74–224
+ 8 118. Dean Merrill, Penn 75-76-73–224
+ 8 121. Michael Blodgett, Penn 72-73-80–225
+ 9 121. Chris Gilman, Denver 75-78-72–225
+ 9 121. Mitch Krywulycz, Augusta St. 77-76-72–225
+ 9 121. Dave Marshall, Monmouth 72-74-79–225
+ 9 121. Chad Moscovic, San Diego St. 72-71-82–225
+ 9 121. Matt Rippy, Nevada 75-76-74–225
+ 9 121. Sean Shahi, UC-Irvine 74-75-76–225
+ 9 128. Sean Barrett, Penn 75-75-76–226
+ 10 128. Tarik Can, Augusta St. 73-72-81–226
+ 10 128. Mitch Gillis, Oregon St. 71-72-83–226
+ 10 131. Andy Beittel, Monmouth 74-78-77–229
+ 13 131. Jordan Findlay, East Tennessee St. 76-77-76–229
+ 13 133. Micahel Pasic, Detroit 76-77-77–230
+ 14 134. Mike McComb, Monmouth 78-73-80–231
+ 15 134. Jamie Puterbaugh, San Diego St. 76-81-74–231
+ 15 136. Brian Sparks, Detroit 78-81-73–232
+ 16 137. Kyle Moran, Bucknell 76-78-79–233
+ 17 138. Shane Mason, Pepperdine 79-76-80–235
+ 19 139. Ryan Beck, Monmouth 78-78-80–236
+ 20 140. Keita Aoki, Bucknell 87-76-80–243
+ 27 WD. Aaron Goldberg, San Diego St. 72-77-WD

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