Western Intercollegiate Championship Attracts Top College Teams

The 66th annual Western Intercollegiate Golf Tournament is set for April 13-15 at the Alister MacKenzie-designed Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif.

According to John Kennaday, the men's golf coach for the host San Josť State University, six of the top-20 teams nationally and 18 of GolfStat's top-100 players will compete in the 54-hole championship. Texas (No. 1), defending champion UCLA (5), USC (6) and California (9) are in the field.

In addition to San Jose State, the other teams include Arizona State, New Mexico State, San Diego State, Stanford, UC Irvine, Oregon, Denver, Hawaii, Hawaii at Hilo, and Kansas.

Texas freshman Jordan Spieth is GolfStat's No. 1-ranked men's college player nationally. UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantley is the top player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings administered by the R&A and USGA.

In addition to the two-day championship, the entries also play a practice round on April 13 in which business leaders and college alums join them in the Western Intercollegiate College-Am. "Friday's practice round and college-am provide a rare opportunity for avid amateur golfers to tee it up with some extremely talented collegiate players," said Kennaday. "It's also a great opportunity for business and community leaders to rally in support of collegiate golf."

Past champions over the 66 years of "the Western" include Peter Jacobson, Mark Lye, Johnny Miller, Arron Oberholser, Mark O'Meara and Ken Venturi. "I will always hold fond memories of competing in the Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo," said Venturi, a two-time winner. "Yes, a first-class tournament at a tremendous venue, one that separates a top-performing player from the average."

Other past participants have included Al Geiberger, Roger Maltbie, Bob Rosburg, Dave Stockton, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods.

Admission to the tournament is free. For more information, visit http://www.westernintercollegiate.net/.