Men's Golf To Host Bandon Dunes Championship
SPOKANE, Wash. -
ON TAP: The Gonzaga University men's golf team will host the 18-team Bandon Dunes Championship Friday, Saturday, Sunday at Old Macdonald Course on the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore. This marks the fourth year the Bulldogs have hosted the Bandon Dunes Championship; where they utilize a different course each year.
THE COURSE: Currently there are four courses on site at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort: Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails and Old Macdonald. This year's Bandon Dunes Championship will take place at the Old Macdonald Course. All four courses are ranked in Golfweek's 2013 Best Resort Courses. Pacific Dunes is #1, this year's course Old MacDonald is #4, Bandon Dunes in #6 and Bandon Trails is #11. Old Macdonald Course is a Par 71 and 6,902-yards.
THE LOWDOWN: This year's Bandon Dunes Championship field includes 18 teams of five players plus three individuals for a tournament field of 93 players. Play will consist of 54 holes, contested over three days, beginning Friday, March 8 and ending Sunday, March 10. Team scoring will consist of counting the four best scores of each five-man team.
THE FIELD: Teams participating in the 2013 Bandon Dunes Championship are: the University of Colorado, Fresno State University, Gonzaga University, Long Beach State University, University of Northern Colorado, Cal State Northridge, University of Oregon, University of the Pacific, San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, Southern Methodist University, UC Davis, UCLA, UMKC, UNC Wilmington, Utah Valley University, Washington State University and the University of Washington.
LIVE SCORING AVAILABLE: Live scoring for the 2013 Bandon Dunes Championship will be available at www.golfstat.com. Results after each day of competition will be posted online at www.gozags.com and e-mailed to each school's golf contact.
PREVIOUS TEAM CHAMPIONS:
2010 - Notre Dame (317-305-622) - played at Pacific Dunes
2011 - Washington (281-285-305-871) - played at Bandon Dunes
2012 - Long Beach State * (291-287-857) - played at Bandon Trails
*Won scorecard tie breaker vs. Washington
PREVIOUS INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS:
2010 - Doug Fortner, Notre Dame (77-73-150)
2011 - Charlie Hughes, Washington (67-68-75-210)
2012 - Chris Williams, Washington (71-67-66*-204)
*Course record (also set by Kevin Lim of Long Beach State on same day)
COACH ROBERT GRAY ON BANDON DUNES CHAMPIONSHIP: "Every year we have a few tournaments on our schedule we highlight because it's a special place to compete. Bandon Dunes is definitely on the top of our list. This will be our fourth year hosting this event and the tournament has grown from a 7-team field the first year to 18 teams this year. There are four courses on site; Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails and Old Macdonald. We rotate to a different course each year and this year we'll be playing at the Old Macdonald course. The links style of play isn't seen in collegiate golf and the scenery along the Oregon coastline is amazing. It's truly a special experience for the players and coaches.
"This event is the start of a 3-tournament stretch of strong events. We've shown we can compete with top programs and we've beaten a number of teams for the first time this year. We'll focus on playing to our strengths and taking what the course gives us rather than trying to force things to happen. If we do that and stay in the present, then we can walk off the course knowing we did everything within our control."
COACH ROBERT GRAY ON WHAT THE TEAM LEARNED FROM ITS LAST TOURNAMENT THAT THEY'LL BRING TO THIS TOURNAMENT: "Last week we scored pretty well compared to how we actually hit the ball. We put ourselves in the final group the final round and gave ourselves a chance to win. We didn't get the score we wanted the final round but the guys fought for every shot. That's what we want to do each week. We're starting to find more consistency and we're much better at staying in the present by having short memories on poorly executed shots. The Old Macdonald course is a challenging course and we'll need to continue to make smart decisions. Most of the guys have played the course at least once before, so they have some idea of what to expect.
"Having a chance to win, we were a bit nervous and tight during the final round of our first event this spring. That experience will be a great asset for this week, being paired with some top national programs for the first two rounds. As always, we'll need to go out and play the course, not the opponent."