Cougars Ready to Shine at NCAA West Regionals

Receiving the No. 1 seed from District VII, BYU's men's golf team gears up for its eighth consecutive NCAA West Regional to be held at the Riverbend Golf Course in Fresno, Calif. on May 18-20. The sixth-ranked Cougars placed third at last year's NCAA West Regional behind Arizona State and UNLV. The Cougars will be bringing its same five golfers (Andy Miller, Manuel Merizalde, Billy Harvey, Scott Miller and Jose Garrido) to Fresno wih hopes of improving upon last year's finish. The NCAA began regional play in 1988-89 and last year's third-place finish was the Cougars' highest finish ever.

At last year's NCAA West Regional in Tuscon, BYU had three top-ten finishers. Billy Harvey led the Cougars with a fourth-place finish while Jose Garrido and Andy Miller tied for eighth place. The Cougars shot 288-289-287-864 to finish even in the three-round tournament. BYU earned the top spot in District VII followed by No. 10 Fresno State and No. 12 New Mexico. In the other district in the NCAA West Region, No. 5 Arizona State received the top seed followed by No. 8 UNLV and No. 13 Arizona.

NCAA WEST REGIONAL 2000 PARTICIPANTS

District VII -- Brigham Young (6), Fresno State (10), New Mexico (12), Colorado State (50), San Diego State (45), Texas-El Paso (67). INDIVIDUALS: David Hern, Wyoming; Ryan Ellis, Utah.

District VIII -- Arizona State (5), UNLV (8), Arizona (13), Oregon (31), Oregon State (30), California (40), Stanford (24), UCLA (27), Washington (23), Pepperdine (43), Southern Cal (37), Long Beach St. (70). INDIVIDUAL: Ryan Earl, Portland.

At Large -- Pacific (63), California State-Northridge (109), Idaho (142), Princeton (156), Wright State (179), Navy (183), Towson Univedrsity (221), Iona (217), Maryland-Baltimore County (234). INDIVIDUALS: Ryan Nelson, Portland; Ray Otis, Nevada; Scott Lieberwirth, New Mexico State.

BYU's Winning Ways

With it's six tournament victories and one match play tournament victory, BYU has more tournament wins than any other schoo in the country. BYU won the William H. Tucker Invitational and Fresno Lexus Classic in October and the Pacific Match Play Tournament in November. BYU started its spring season by winning the John H. Burns Invitational in Hawaii and also won the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate in March. The Cougars picked up their fifth and sixth victories at the Morris Williams Invitational in Dallas and the Ben Hogan Cougar Classic in Provo. BYU is currently ranked No. 6 in the GolfWeek poll and No. 9 in the MasterCard poll.

Mr. Captain

Senior Captain and three-time All-American Andy Miller continues to lead the Cougars in almost every statistical category. Miller collected BYU's first individual victory of the season by beating teammate Manuel Merizalde at last weekend's Ben Hogan Cougar Classic. Miller shot a sizzling third-round 63 to come from six strokes behind to win his final home tournament as a Cougar. Miller was also named the McLeodUSA Mountain West Conference Player of the Week and finished with the conference's lowest stroke average on the season. This was the second time Miller has recieved this honor this season. Miller is currently ranked No. 10 among NCAA men's golfers. Andy is also the No. 1 ranked golfer in District VII in the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings.

"In my mind, Andy is the best collegiate golfer in the nation," BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. "He is the total package. Academically, athletically, he gives everything he's got every day. He does his best because that's who he is. Any coach or any team in America would love to have an Andy Miller and we feel privileged to have had him four years."

BYU's Ace Card--Depth

Another huge reason for BYU's success this season has been the outstanding depth. Among BYU's top six golfers, the Cougars have collected 38 top-20 finishes on the season. Among BYU's top six golfers are three sons of former PGA great and current NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller. All three brothers, Andy, Scott and Todd, have made significant contributions to the success of this year's squad.

"From one through six we are as good as anybody in the country," BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. "These guys compete hard and there is no complacency on this team because everyone is fighting to get into that top five. Even among our top five, everyone of them feels they should win every tournament they play in. They all want to win and that's makes for some tough competition among the team."

In the Ben Hogan Cougar Classic on April 21-22 the Cougars finished first second and third. Andy Miller finished first, Manuel Merizalde second and Scott Miller third.

"When your sixth man (Scott Miller) can shoot low enough scores to be in third place, you know we've got depth," Brockbank said. "I don't have to motivate these guys. That's the beautiful thing about depth."

BYU's Starters for 2000 NCAA West Regionals

1. Andy Miller Sr.

2. Manuel Merizalde So.

3. Billy Harvey Jr.

4. Scott Miller Jr.

5. Jose Garrido Sr.

BYU and the NCAA's

If the Cougars advance to the NCAA National Championships at Grand National Golf Course in Alabama on May 31-June 3 it will be their 25th appearance in the last 35 years. During that time, BYU has finished in the top five 13 times including 10 straight times from 1973-82. Led by All-Americans Keith Clearwater, Dick Zokol and Barry Willardson, the Cougars won the 1981 NCAA Golf Championships. BYU placed seventh at last year's Championships at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minn.

1999 West Regional Results

Qualified for NCAA Nationals

1. Arizona State 283-288-283--854

2. UNLV 288-289-285--862

3. Brigham Young 288-289-287--864

4. California 301-284-286--871

5. Oregon 297-285-293--875

6. San Diego State 293-295-287--875

7. Washington 291-299-293--883

8. Colorado State 296-293-297--886

9. Arizona 301-294-296--891

Failed to Qualify

10. Pepperdine 298-296-299--893

11. UCLA 296-304-293--893

12. Fresno State 290-305-299--894

13. UTEP 301-303-293--895

14. Oregon State 295-310-295--900

15. Stanford 301-297-304--902

16. New Mexico 299-305-301--905

17. USC 304-297-305--906

18. UC Santa Barbara309-311-308--928

BYU Individual Scores

t4 Billy Harvey 71-70-72--213

t8 Jose Garrido 68-75-73--216

t8 Andy Miller 73-72-71--216

t20 Manuel Merizalde 76-72-72--220

t80 Scott Miller 83-78-72--233

GOLFWEEK RANKINGS 5/15/00

1. Georgia Tech

2. Clemson

3. Oklahoma State

4. Georgia

5. Arizona State

6. Brigham Young

7. Houston

8. UNLV

9. Northwestern

10. Fresno State

11. Auburn

12. New Mexico

13. Arizona

14. North Carolina State

15. Duke

16. North Florida

17. Augusta State

18. Texas

19. South Carolina

20. Florida

MASTERCARD RANKINGS 5/10/00

1 Georgia Tech

2 Clemson

3 Oklahoma State

4 Georgia

5 Arizona State

6 Fresno State

7 Northwestern

8 Arizona

9 Brigham Young

10 Houston

11 UNLV

12 Augusta State

13 New Mexico

14 North Carolina State

15 North Florida

16 Florida

17 Stanford

18 Auburn

19 Oregon

20 Kent State

1999-2000 Season Results

Date Tournament Score Finish/Teams

Sep 21-23 Topy Cup 307-295--602 3rd/11 Oct 1-2 William H. Tucker 283-283-290--856 1st/18

Oct 11-12 Red River Classic 281-282-279--842 6th/15

Oct 15-16 Fresno Lexus Cl. 342-347-345-1034 1st/16

Nov 8-9 Pacific Match Play Match Play 1st/8

Feb 23-26 John H. Burns Invit. 276-274-280--830 1st/17 Mar 28-29 Southwestern Inv.. 288-283-291--862 2nd/14 Mar 13-14 Pacific Coast Inv. 302-299-295--896 1st/19 Mar 20-21 Morris Williams 304-282-295--881 1st/15 Apr 3-4 W. Intercollegiate 283-290-297--870 9th/20

Apr 15 BYU-Stanford Shootout BYU-341 (-19) --Stanford-368 (+8)

Apr 21-22 Cougar Classic 273-273-275--821 1st/15

May 1-3 MWC Championships 296-280-301--877 5th/8

May 18-20 NCAA W Regional

May 31-Jun 3 NCAA Championship

BYU's Individual Results 1999-2000

Andy Miller Rds. Strokes Avg. Low Top finish

37 2629 71.05 63 1st

Manuel Merizalde Rds. Strokes Avg. Low Top finish

31 2213 71.39 66 2nd

Todd Miller Rds. Strokes Avg. Low Top finish

29 2098 72.34 64 4th

Scott Miller Rds. Strokes Avg. Low Top finish

26 1897 72.96 67 3rd

Billy Harvey Rds. Strokes Avg. Low Top finish

37 2711 73.27 67 2nd

Jose Garrido Rds. Strokes Avg. Low Top finish

28 2058 73.5 68 7th

1999-2000 Top Ten Finishes Top-20 Finishes

Andy Miller 7 9

Manuel Merizalde 5 9

Scott Miller 3 5

Billy Harvey 2 7

Todd Miller 2 4

Jose Garrido 1 4

Master Card Individual Collegiate Golf Rankings

No. 10-Andy Miller

No. 34-Manuel Merizalde

No. 67-Billy Harvey

No. 74-Scott Miller

No. 84-Todd Miller