May 6, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Tyler Raber will make his third career appearance in the NCAA Div. I Men's Golf Championship when he participates as an individual in the regional round at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash., on May 16-18.
The NCAA announced on Monday the 81 teams and 45 individuals selected for the national championships which begin at six regional sites next week. The top five finishing teams at each regional along with the low individual not on an advancing team will qualify for the national finals May 28-June 2 in Atlanta, Ga."We're very honored that Tyler is going to be representing UC Davis at the NCAA's," said head coach Cy Williams. "He's an outstanding player, he's had a great career and he was clearly our best player this year. He's very worthy of a selection and we're excited to see what he can do in Washington against a very strong field."
Raber led UC Davis in scoring average (72.3) this season, highlighting his year with a trio of top-10 placings. He tied for seventh at the SCVB Pacific Invitational last October, was fourth at the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford in March after finishing 6 under, and was sixth at the Aggies' own Winchester Classic two weeks ago.
Raber, a senior who attended Davis High School, has twice appeared at the regional championships. Both times came during UC Davis team appearances. He finished 2 over and tied for 43rd as a freshman in 2009 at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, and tied for 45th at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort in 2011.
Raber did not compete during the Aggies' regional appearance at Stanford last season because of redshirting.
The other individuals selected for next week's regional, which is being hosted by Washington State, are Ryan Williams (Sacramento State), Mason Casper (Utah Valley), Taeksoo Kim (Boise State) and Jordan Weir (Sacramento State). California will be the top-seeded team at Washington State.UC Davis, which finished third at the Big West Championships last week, was ranked 69th in the most recent Golfstat poll prior to Monday and was hopeful it would be selected for a coveted at-large berth.
"We were excited to be right in the hunt for consideration to be selected," Williams said. "Even though we didn't get selected, we have a great group of guys and I know they would've been ready to play."
Raber's selection marks the fifth time in six seasons at the Div. I level that UC Davis has been represented in the NCAA Championships by either its team or an individual.