UC Davis missed its chance to compete as a team in the NCAA West Regional Championships by virtue of a sixth-place finish at the Big West Conference Tournament.
However, junior Austin Graham will still be heading to Bremerton, Wash. as he qualified for the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional for the second consecutive year.
The San Clemente, Calif. native was selected as one of the 10 individual golfers to compete alongside the 13 teams that qualified for the event. The top-five teams in the tournament will advance to the NCAA National Championship Tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn., along with the top individual finisher on a non-advancing team.
Graham averaged a team-best 71.8 strokes per-round this year and was selected to the All-Big West Conference first team, but missed the Big West Tournament for medical reasons. A healthy return may prove as key to his success this weekend.
“The goal now is to first get him completely healthy,” said coach Cy Williams, “and then get his game ready to go.”
– Trevor Cramer