2012 MW Men's Golf Championship Gets Underway Friday, May 4
May 3, 2012
The 2012 Mountain West Men's Golf Championship will be held Friday-Sunday, May 4-6 on the Catalina Course at OMNI Tucson National in Tucson, Ariz. This will mark the sixth consecutive year the championship will be held at Tucson National, a par 71, 7,144-yard course. The 54-hole championship will tee off with 18 holes each morning beginning at 7 a.m. PT.
Six of the top 10 (and 11 of the top 20) finishers in the 2011 Mountain West Championship, including the tournament's individual medalist, Derek Ernst of UNLV, return for this year's event.
The Rebels also return two other top 20 finishers from 2011, as Kevin Penner (T-7th) and Blake Biddle (T-17th) look to guide UNLV to its first MW title since 2002. San Diego State, which won the 2011 title by two strokes over TCU, looks to defend its crown with a lineup that includes three players that placed in the top 20 last year. Alex Kang finished fourth last at last season's championship, followed by J.J. Spaun in a tie for 7th and Colin Featherstone tying for 17th.
Three Mountain West teams hold top 16 Golfweek/Sagarin national rankings entering the weekend, led by No. 14 UNLV. San Diego State ranks 15th nationally, while New Mexico stands at No. 16. The league has four individuals ranked in the top 50 nationally led by TCU's Julien Brun at No. 10 in the country. San Diego State's J.J. Spaun is currently 26th, while New Mexico's John Catlin is 37th and the UNLV's Derek Ernst is 43rd.
New Mexico has collected the most team titles of any Conference squad, winning four since the inception of the league in 1999-2000. Colorado State and UNLV have each won two, while San Diego State and TCU have captured one title apiece.
The championship is free and open to the public.
Live hole-by-hole scoring
The Mountain West will provide live hole-by-hole scoring at the men's golf championship. You can find the live stats link on the MW Golf Championship page at TheMWC.com. Click the golf championship link to track all of the action. You can also go directly to Golfstat.com to find the live stat link.
View and purchase photos for the 2012 Mountain West Men's Golf Championship at TheMWC.com/champ/mwc-ncaa-photos.html.
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