March 28, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara will host the OGIO-Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at Rancho San Marcos Golf Course in Santa Barbara, on Monday and Tuesday, Mar. 31-April 1. The tournament will be 54 holes, 36 on the first day, and 18 on day two.
The OGIO-Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Tournament will be played at Rancho San Marcos for the first time ever. The 2006 PCI was slated to be played at Rancho San Marcos but was rained out. Last year's tournament was played at the Alisal River Course in Solvang, Calif. In the four years prior to the rained-out tourney at Rancho San Marcos, three PCIs were played at La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, Calif., and one was played at Sandpiper Golf Course in Santa Barbara.
"Rancho San Marcos is a beautiful and challenging course," said UCSB head coach Steve Lass. "I also think it is good for us to move the tournament around. We've been very honored in the past to play at La Purisima, Sandpiper, and the Alisal River Course and I'm sure this year will be another great experience. We were looking forward to playing at Rancho San Marcos a couple of years ago. This year, hopefully, the weather will cooperate."
In addition to UCSB, the tournament field will include Big West Conference rivals Cal Poly, UC Riverside, Cal State Northridge, and Long Beach State. The remainder of the 12-team field includes Boise State, Weber State, Idaho State, San Francisco, Loyola Marymount, Sacramento State, and Cal State Bakersfield. A number of schools will have individuals competing as well, including Pepperdine, which will send five individuals.
The teams will play a practice round on Sunday, Mar. 30. The 36 holes on Monday, Mar. 31 will have an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start. The final 18 holes on Tuesday, April 1 will have a split tee start from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Rancho San Marcos is a 6,814-yard, par 71 course.
In 2007, the PCI team title was won by Cal Poly, while the individual title was won by the Mustang's Chris Kirk, who shot a 17-under par 199. Past individual champions have included Craig Stadler (1973), Scott Simpson (1977) and Duffy Waldorf (1985).
Tournament Name: OGIO-Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Course: Rancho San Marcos Golf Course. - Approximately 12 miles east of Santa Barbara. Yardage: 6,814 yards Par: 71 Rating/Slope: 73.1/135 Number of Holes in Tournament: 54 - 36 on the first day and 18 on day two. Number of Teams: 12 (19 individuals will also take part.) Schools in Tournament in Order of Golfweek Ranking (Ranking): 1. Loyola Marymount (73) 2. UCSB (89) 3. Boise State (109) 4. Cal State Northridge (125) 5. Cal Poly (132) 6. Cal State Bakersfield (134) 7. UC Riverside (135) 8. Long Beach State (153) 9. Sacramento State (168) 10. San Francisco (180) 11. Weber State (207) 12. Idaho State (254)