May 14, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. - UC Davis standout men's golfer Tyler Raber will make his first step toward a hopeful berth in the NCAA Finals when he opens play on Thursday in the NCAA Pullman Regional at Palouse Ridge Golf Club.
Raber, a senior from El Macero, is the lone UC Davis representative in the regional and is making his third career appearance. He is one of five individuals participating in the 54-hole tournament along with 14 teams.
Raber, who has a trio of top-10 performances this season, will play a practice round on Wednesday before opening competition on the first hole on Thursday at 9:39 a.m. He'll play the second round on Friday at the same time, opening play on the 10th hole. Raber will play at 9:09 a.m. on Saturday.
The top individual not on an advancing team will qualify for the NCAA Finals at Atlanta, Ga.
Raber earned his spot in the elite tournament field after another impressive season which saw him finish fourth at Stanford's U.S. Intercollegiate, sixth at the Winchester Classic and seventh at the SCVB Pacific Invitational.
Raber, who redshirted last season before returning to the lineup last fall, is averaging a team-best 72.3 strokes per round. He's in his third regional, tying for 45th at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort in his last appearance in 2011.
Fourteen teams will take part in the Pullman Regional, including top-ranked Cal. Also competing are TCU, USC, Saint Mary's, Virginia Tech, BYU, North Texas, Baylor, San Diego State, Ball State, Memphis, Pacific, Princeton and Saint Francisco.
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).
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