April 24, 2005
WALLA WALLA, Wash. - The Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships, hosted by Washington State University, kicked off Sunday, with a practice round at the Walla Walla Country Club.
The 72-hole tournament begins Monday at 7 a.m. and runs through Wednesday at the par 71, 6,606-yard course. The opening two rounds will be played Monday, and one round each starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
The weather was cloudy with temperatures around 60 degrees during the practice round. Monday's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 73 degrees and a 20-percent chance of rain. The good weather is supposed to continue through Tuesday, with a high of 77 degrees expected. Wednesday calls for rain showers with a high of 66 degrees.
Out On the Course:
California Head Coach Steve Desimone
On this week's tournament... "I think the scores are going to be pretty good (this week). The course is just kind of there to be had. I think the kids are going to enjoy it. There are going to be a lot of birdies. I think it's going to be a real shootout."
Arizona State Head Coach Randy Lein
On the Pac-10 Championships... "It's going to be fun. The course is in good shape. The weather is going to be good. The competition is going to be awesome."
WSU Golfer Jordan Madison
On the Walla Walla Country Club... "The course is playing a little more difficult than we thought it would. I don't think the scores are going to be as low as we thought they would coming in. I think under par all four rounds will probably get you a top 10."
WSU Golfer Jordan Mason
On the competition... "There are obviously a lot of good teams here, but this is really anybody's tournament."
WSU Golfer David Fern
On the course... "They really don't have the course set up too tough yet, but they said that the last time they were going to cut the rough was yesterday. So by the end of the week the rough should be really long. And they made three our four new tees to lengthen the course a couple hundred yards. So throughout the week it's going to get tougher. It's nice right now though, it's the greatest I've ever seen it."
Oregon Head Coach Steve Nosler
On the course... "I really, really love this course. It's an old fashioned, traditional, great course."
Stanford Golfer Matt Savage
On this week's tournament... "This is going to be a great tournament. The course is not too long, but I think the greens are going to be pretty fast tomorrow. (They are) small. Driving the ball you're going to have fairly short irons in."
"I think a lot of people feel like they're going to shoot pretty low. And they might, but I think par is going to be a good score."