Cougars Set Sights on West Regional

All-American Oscar Alvarez looks to lead the Cougars at the NCAA West Regionals in Tucson, AZ (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The No. 8 ranked BYU men's golf team is set to tee-off at the NCAA West Regionals in Tucson, AZ, on Thursday, May 18th.

While the Cougars are one of the top teams in the tournament with the third seed, head coach Bruce Brockbank says that his team has a tough task at hand. "Golf is a funny sport," he said. "At any given tournament, a team can emerge and end up winning the tournament. We definitely have our hands full."

The regional tournament boasts a number of quality teams including: No. 2 ranked Florida, No. 5 Arizona State, and No. 11 East Tennessee State. Also in the mix are MWC foes, New Mexico and San Diego State.

The top ten teams in the West Regional get an invitation to the NCAA Championships which run from May 31-June 3. The NCAA Championships are played in Sunriver, OR, where BYU recently played for the MWC Championships.

"Our goal is just to play golf the way that we know how to play," Brockbank said. "If we do that, then we should be all right."

Three regional tournaments will be conducted May 18-20 to determine the championships field. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary rounds of NCAA championships competition, and all national championships policies will apply.

A total of 27 teams and six individuals not on selected teams were assigned to each regional site. Ten teams and two individuals not on advancing teams will move on from each regional to the championship finals.

The Cougars tee-off on Thursday starting at 11:30 am. They will be paired with Florida and Arizona State for the first round. The tournament can be followed live on golfstat.com