National U Looks Impressive in First Club Golf Regional

The California Region kicked off their Fall 2013 season at Menifee Lakes Country Club on October 5-6th, 2013. The first round was played on the Lakes Course in sunny weather over 6,528 yards with a rating of 71.7 and a slop of 126. The field was composed of 7 teams, including two (A and B) from a new competitor, Arizona State. These additional players increased the competition, and the first round’s scores reflected this. The first round concluded with National University (+11) in the lead, UCLA and Arizona tied for second at +22, and ASU (A), USC, and USD trailed closely. Andrew Paisley from ASU’s A team shot an impressive 68 (-4) to lead the individual competition and to shoot the only red round of the tournament.

The second round began early Sunday morning on the Palms Course over 6,518 yards with a rating of 71.2 and a slope of 124. Despite the noticeable decrease in the number of water hazards in play on this course, a majority of the scores increased. In the end, National University (+23) took first place, with Arizona (+42) in second and UCLA (+47) in third.

The individual tournament had an interesting ending. For the first time in the California Region’s history, a sudden death play-off was held to determine the medalist. David Marshall (NU) and Andrew Paisley (ASU-A) tied at 145 (+1). Both players teed off on hole number 10, a 393-yard par 4. At the conclusion of this first play-off hole, David Marshall snagged his victory and took home the medalist trophy. Rounding out the All-Tournament Team were Andrew Paisley (ASU-A) 145 (+1), Dorian Brandt(Arizona) 146(+2), Dustin Watanabe (UCLA) and Jorge Betencor (NU) with 147 (+3), Kai Hayashida(USC) 148 (+4), and Chris Garrity (NU) and Kevin Koziol (Arizona) with 149 (+5).

The competition is close, so it will be interesting to see how the teams and individuals perform at the next regional tournament to be held at The Country Club at Soboba Springs from October 19-20, 2013. #RoadToMyrtle