The Brigham Young University golf team missed qualifying for the NCAA Tournament by two strokes, finishing 10th in the 16-team regional field. The top nine finishers in the first-ever regional tourney qualified for the NCAAs.
The Cougars finished with an 873 total, well back of the 845 posted by the winner, Arizona. The two other Utah schools, the University of Utah and Weber State College, were the last two teams, finishing with 902 and 904 totals, respectively.After finishing Thursday's first round in third place, the Cougars dropped to seventh Friday and then out of the top nine Saturday.
Joining Arizona as other qualifiers were Arizona State, 852; Southern California, 857; Fresno State, 859; UNLV, 861; UTEP, 862; Nevada-Reno, 868; Washington, 869; and UCLA, 871.
The individual medalist was Arizona's Robert Gamez, who had a 206. BYU's top finisher was Rafael Ponce, who shot a 216. Other Cougar scorers were Ryan Rhees, 217; Ramon Brobio, 218; and Roberto Herrera, 223. Utah was led by Chuck O'Brien's 223. Matt Johnson had a 225, Marty Romney a 227, and Doug Roberts a 227. Weber State was led by Chuck Eble's 218. Carrito Villaroman was at 221, Jeff Showalter at 228 and Ed Baker at 236.