The University of San Diego men’s golf team plays in a 54-hole NCAA Regional Tournament starting Thursday, May 16, which runs through Saturday at Tallahassee, Fla.’s par-72, 6,995-yard Golden Eagle Country Club.
Cory Scoggin, USD men’s golf head coach, is certainly ready. The Toreros’ 2013 NCAA Regional appearance marks the sixth consecutive year of postseason play for the program. The Toreros have also advanced from the regional round three times, most recently 2011, to reach NCAA national championship event during the six-year run.
Scoggin has been here for all six of those regional-qualifying seasons and national championship experiences, including four years as an assistant coach under Tim Mickelson (now at Arizona State), and now in Scoggin’s second year as head coach.
The Torero golfers will also be ready. Sophomore Grant Forrest (pictured, top), the 2013 West Coast Conference individual champion, leads the team. Forrest (72.31 scoring average in 32 rounds) is only the fourth USD golfer to win the WCC individual title. Joining him for NCAA play in Tallahassee are juniors Taylor Schmidt and Joe Carlson, sophomore Mathias Dahl and freshman Alex Chiarella.
“We’ve had a few really good weeks of practice,” Scoggin said by phone in Tallahassee. “We have a young team, but our guys are focused and our players know how to prepare for a tournament. We have a couple of guys who’ve been (in the regionals) before and know what it means to play to the level I expect.”
Golden Eagle Country Club, a course designed by famed architect Tom Fazio, will host 13 teams and 10 individual qualifiers in the NCAA Regional. Joining the Toreros in the Tallahassee Regional field are: Washington, Georgia Tech, Florida State, North Florida, Oklahoma, Wake Forrest, North Carolina State, Oregon, Oregon State, Iowa, South Florida and Loyola Maryland. The 10 individuals in the tournament are: Sean Bosdosh (Maryland), J.T. Poston (Western Carolina), Maverick Antcliff (Augusta State), Richard Fountain (Davidson), Ryan Fricker (Bethune-Cookman), Trey Rule (Mercer), Daniel Walker (Richmond), Edward Figueroa (Florida Gulf Coast), Alex Wennstam (Augusta State) and Hans Reimers (Mercer).
The Toreros flew out to Florida on Tuesday and were able to get in a practice round at Golden Eagle Country Club. Scoggin said he believes the course fits his team well with some similarities to other courses they’ve played this season. He added that the weather report for the three days could be favorable with limited rain and wind possible and temperatures in the mid-80s.
While the regional does offers solid competition, Scoggin’s focus is making sure that his players focus on what they need to do.
“When it comes to the competition, we want our players to make smart decisions, play with confidence and perseverance is one of the most important things to have in golf, knowing how to react and the ability to bounce back,” he said.
The Tallahassee regional, one of six being held this weekend, is one of three that has 13 teams and 10 individuals not on those teams competing. Three regionals have 14 teams and five individual qualifiers. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each of the six regionals advances to the NCAA Championships, which this year take place May 28-June 2 at The Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga.
— Inside USD
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