Gauchos Headed to Stanford for NCAA Regional May 15-17

The 2017 Big West Men's Golf Tournament Champion UC Santa Barbara will travel to Stanford to play in the NCAA Regional on May 15-17. (Photo by Gerry Fall)
The 2017 Big West Men's Golf Tournament Champion UC Santa Barbara will travel to Stanford to play in the NCAA Regional on May 15-17. (Photo by Gerry Fall)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara, which won the 2017 Big West Men's Golf Championship on Wednesday, will head to Stanford for the NCAA Regional on May 15-17, the NCAA announced Thursday.

The Gauchos are the 11th seeded team at the 13-team Regiional which will be played at the Stanford Golf Course.

"I'm happy that we will be staying in our region to play," said UCSB head coach Steve Lass. "This gives our parents and fans an opportunity to make the trip. It's also a beautiful course and a great field of teams. It should be exciting."

The host Cardinal are the No. 1 seed, Baylor is No. 2, Oklahoma is No. 3 and Georgia Tech is the No. 4 seed.

The remainder of the field includes No. 5 Pepperdine, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 7 North Florida, No. 8 BYU, No. 9 Houston, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 12 Sacramento State and No. 13 South Dakota State. There will also be 10 individuals playing at the Stanford Regional, including a trio from the Big West Conference: Felix Mory of CSUN, David Kim of UC Irvine and Andres Gonzalez of Long Beach State.

UCSB will be making its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance as a Division I program having previously made the field in 1994, 1998 and 1999, all under Lass. 

The Gauchos are ranked 66th in the latest Golfstat rankings, which the tournament seeds were based on. Including the Big West Tournament, which was the program's first league title since 1998, UCSB has won a school record five tournament championships this year. In the fall, the team won the Bill Cullum Invitational and during the winter/spring portion of the campaign it has won the PRO Compression Invitational, Wyoming Cowboy Classic and Cal Poly Shootout in addition to the Big West Tournament. The Gauchos have also won a school record three staight tournaments as it advances to NCAA play and they also have a second-place finish and a third-place finish to their credit.

"We've played consistently well this year," Lass said. "We've been really balanced and gotten contributions from a lot of guys."

UCSB's five-man team at the Big West Tournament included juniors Zach Smith, Brandon Bauman and Willy Moffly, sophomore Nick Swanson and freshman Brett Bennett. The only other lineup possibility could be Matt Moomjian, but it is likely the same five that competed at the league tournament will make the trip to Stanford.

NCAA Stanford Regional
Monday, May 15 - Wednesday, May 17
Stanford Golf Course
198 Juniper Serra Blvd.
Stanford, CA 94305

Host Institution: Stanford
Par: 70
Yardage: 6,727
Tournament Format: 54 holes (18 holes each day)
Live Scoring: GolfStat.com
Golf Club Website: golfcourse.stanford.edu 

Participating Teams (seeded in the following order):

1. Stanford
2. Baylor
3. Oklahoma
4. Georgia Tech
5. Pepperdine
6. North Carolina
7. North Florida
8. BYU
9. Houston
10. Ohio State
11. UC Santa Barbara
12. Sacramento State
13. South Dakota State

Participating Individuals:

1. Collin Morikawa (California)
2. Hayden Shieh (Santa Clara)
3. David Kim (UC Irvine)
4. Justin Doeden (Minnesota)
5. Andres Gonzalez (Long Beach State)
6. Felix Mory (Cal State Northridge)
7. Fidel Concepcion (Southern Utah) 
8. Grant Booth (Nevada)
9. Brian Humphreys (Boise State) 
10. Mike Graboyes (Cornell)