April 26, 2001
STANFORD, Calif. --- Washington State will try to improve their status as a bubble team for the NCAA West Regional at the 42nd Men's Pac-10 Championship, beginning Friday at the Stanford Golf Course.
"In order for us to have any chance at the postseason, we are going to have to play as well as we have all season at the Pac-10's," head coach Walt Williams said. "We are going to have to knock some people off, and I think we are capable of that. We've shown that we are capable of that throughout the season."
This year's conference tournament, which will be hosted by Stanford, will feature 18 holes Friday through Saturday in a six-count-four format.
The Cougars are ranked No. 75 in the nation, according to Golfweek. They are ranked No. 15 in District Eight, which sends 12 teams to the NCAA West Regional and possibly one at-large.
In order for WSU to move up to 12th, they will have to beat several of the conference's powerhouse golf programs.
No. 6 Arizona State is the highest-ranked Pac-10 team, while No. 9 Arizona, No. 14 USC, and No. 29 Oregon should all challenge the Sun Devils for the conference title. ASU has won the last six conference crowns.
Washington State will be paired with cross-state rival Washington in the first round on Friday, beginning at 8 a.m.