Nevada's Smith Finishes 57th at NCAA Golf Regional

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DALY CITY, Calif. — Sophomore Scott Smith climbed nine more spots to finish in a tie for 57th at the NCAA West Regional, held Thursday-Saturday, May 14-16 at the par 72, 6,863 Lake Merced Golf Club.

Smith shot a one-under 71 for the second consecutive round to move from 66th to 57th with a three-day total of five-over 221 (79-71-71). Arizona State’s Jesper Kennegard turned in his third straight sub-par round with a two-under 70 on Saturday to capture individual medalist honors at 12-under 204 (66-68-70). He held off Texas A&M’s Bronson Burgoon by one stroke (69-72-64=205).

Arizona State won the NCAA West Regional with a three-round total of 36-under 828 (279-275-274). The Sun Devils turned in a nine-stroke victory over Oregon (837). ASU, Oregon, Texas A&M, San Diego and USC and individual Brady Johnson of BYU all qualified for the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships May 26-30 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

For Nevada, Smith finished the season with a team-best 72.86 stroke average. A first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection, he led the Wolf Pack with seven top 20 finishes and 15 rounds at or under par