San Jose, Calif. - Returning to the famed Alister MacKenzie-designed Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif. for the 67th year and with new title sponsor Transamerica/WFG, the Western Intercollegiate, one of college golf's most valued championships, will be contested April 13-14.
Hosted by San Jose State University, this year's edition of the longest running college golf tournament west of the Mississippi River boasts a field with five of the nation's top-15 teams including #1-California as well as the top-two individual men's college golfers, according to the April 3 GolfStat rankings.
Alongside California, #4-Washington, #5-UCLA, #7-Stanford and #11-Southern California will tee it up with host San Jose State (#101). The field also includes Arizona State (#43), Oregon (#44), San Diego State (#57), Fresno State (#62), UC Irvine (#71), Denver (#98), UTEP (#121), and Hawaii (#168).
California’s #1-Michael Kim and #2-Jöel Stalter are among 19 of the top-100 ranked collegians who will play in the 54-hole event. Kim, with four wins so far this year, and Stalter, a two-time winner, are joined by three-time winner Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers and UCLA’s Pontus Widegren, who has recorded two wins in the 2012-13 season.
Washington's Chris Williams is ranked #1 in the World Amateur Rankings and #23 in GolfStat. This is the second year in a row the Western has the R&A's #1 amateur in the world in its field.
The 84 players representing 14 schools will play 36 holes Saturday with a shotgun-start beginning at 8:15 a.m. PDT, and 18 holes on Sunday. Team scores on the 6,615-yard par-70 course will be calculated by a play-six, score-five format.
There is no admission charge for the Transamerica/WFG 67th Western Intercollegiate and parking is free. Live scoring during all three rounds is available at www.golfstat.com and www.sjsuspartans.com.