The Prestige at PGA WEST Takes Center Stage

Matt Hansen
 
Matt Hansen
 

Feb. 16, 2014

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LA QUINTA, Calif. - The Prestige at PGA WEST has developed into one of the marquee tournaments during the college men's golf season and the 2014 edition, which starts Monday at the Greg Norman Course and is co-hosted by UC Davis and Stanford, is continuing the tradition of excellence.

Twelve teams, including No. 11 Stanford, No. 17 Washington and eight other teams ranked among the top 70 by Golfstat, are scheduled to compete in the 54-hole tournament which kicked off on Sunday with the popular Prestige at PGA WEST Junior Clinic and the Prestige at PGA WEST College-Am Tournament.

The Prestige at PGA WEST is currently ranked as the eighth-best tournament for college players and ranked among the top amateur events in the world.

Teams will play 18 holes each day from Monday through Wednesday beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Monday. The final players are scheduled to start their first round a little after noon. Tee times will begin at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday and 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

Seventeenth-ranked Washington and No. 22 USC shared last year's team championship at 1 under par while UCLA's Pedro Figueiredo went 8 under to capture medalist honors. UC Davis finished 11th.

The Aggies, playing in their second tournament of the spring portion of their season, are hoping to improve on last week's season-opening performance at the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii when they took 19th. Senior Matt Hansen was one of the bright spots, however, tying for 24th after putting rounds of 4-under 68 and 5-under 67 over the final two days to move up the leaderboard. He finished 7 under overall.

Hansen will be joined this week by Ben Corfee, Jonny Baxter, Luke Vivolo and Mike Brockington. Nicolas Noya and Joshua Granger will play as individuals for the 68th-ranked Aggies.

 

 

"Our guys worked really hard to prepare for the tournament in Hawaii," said Aggie coach Cy Williams. "We got over there and we worked really hard but we just didn't play well. The key for us, like any successful athletic team, is to analyze what we did, figure out where we can get better, put the last tournament behind us and go to work."

Besides UC Davis, Stanford and Washington, other teams in the tournament include No. 23 UCLA, No. 31 Arizona State, No. 33 LSU, No. 42 Texas Tech, No. 45 Oregon, No. 51 San Diego State, No. 124 Pepperdine and the University of Stirling, which hails from Scotland and is making its second straight appearance.

UCLA won the tournament three straight years from 2003-05, a total matched by TCU (2002, 2008-09). The only other repeat winner is Washington (2001, 2013). The Prestige at PGA WEST is in its 14th year.

The Greg Norman Course, which hosts PGA Qualifying School events, measures 7,096 yards and will play to a par 72.