Eight of the top-30 teams in the nation, the number-one ranked college golfer and a 2011 Masters amateur entry are among 15 teams and 92 total players vying for top honors at the 65th annual Western Intercollegiate men's golf tournament.
The longest running men's college golf tournament west of the Mississippi River takes place, Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, at the famed Alister MacKenzie-designed Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz, Calif.
#3-UCLA; #5-San Diego State; #7-Augusta State, the 2010 NCAA champion; #18-California; #19-Stanford; #22-Arizona State; #26-Oregon and #29-Washington according to the April 13 GolfStat rankings top the field.
Host San Jose State (#76), New Mexico State (#59), Colorado (#96), Denver (#141), Hawaii (#175) and UC Irvine (#82) also are battling for the team championship. Oregon is the two-time defending team champion and aims to join the Stanford teams of the 1950's with three consecutive Western Intercollegiate titles.
Golf World rated this year's Western Intercollegiate as the eighth toughest tournament in college golf for Spring 2011.
Fourteen golfers are ranked in GolfStat's top-100. UCLA freshman Patrick Cantlay, with three tournament victories in 2010-11, is the nation's number-one ranked golfer. Stanford freshman Andrew Yun, a tournament winner in October 2010, is fourth in the country.
Yun's teammate, junior David Chung, from Fayetteville, N.C., competed in the 2011 Masters as an amateur. Chung shot even par in round two for a 148 total, but missed making the 36-hole cut by three strokes.
All 92 players at the Western Intercollegiate will play 36 holes in a shotgun-style format starting at 8:30 a.m. on April 16 and 18 holes the following day. A team's score on the 6,611-yard, par 70 course will be determined each round by the best five scores from each six-man team. All players also are competing for individual medalist honors and The Blue Jacket awarded to Western Intercollegiate champion.
There is no admission charge to watch the Western Intercollegiate and parking is free.
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