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PHILADELPHIA - When you have not played in an NCAA Championship in more than 40 years, you are usually ready to get going. With that in mind, the Penn men’s golf team is in Arizona and ready to begin play at the NCAA West Regional.

The tournament -- which is being hosted by Arizona State University -- starts Thursday on the ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. and continues through Saturday, with 18 holes of play each day. Practice rounds are taking place today (Wednesday).

“The team is excited for the weekend,” said third-year head coach Rob Powelson. “They have worked very hard to get to this point, and the guys understand the importance of this tournament.”

The Quakers are making their fourth appearance at the NCAA level, but their first since 1965 (the others came in 1947 and 1948). They will be represented by the five players who led them to the Ivy League title in April: senior Sean Barrett, juniors Dean Merrill and Nick Ryder, sophomore Michael Blodgett, and freshman Chance Pipitone. Pipitone was runner-up at the Ivy Championships, while Merrill also earned All-Ivy honors. Barrett, meanwhile, is a two-time All-Ivy golfer who competed in the 2005 U.S. Amateur Championship.

The Quakers will tee offfrom the first tee from 7:17 to 7:55 a.m. (10:17 to 10:55 Eastern) Thursday morning, playing with Nevada and Denver.

“Playing at NCAA Regionals is a very, very big deal for our program,” said Powelson. “From recruiting to alumni relations, this tournament piques a lot of interest in our program beyond just winning the Ivy Championships. The phone calls and emails are still coming in.”

The Karsten course -- named after PING golf company founder Karsten Solheim -- is a Pete Dye design, playing wide open but with some rough grown to put a premium on driving accuracy.

“We have spent a lot of time breaking the course with website reviews, and some friendly advice and counsel from other coaches who have played the course,” said Powelson, who brought his team to Arizona Tuesday morning.

In order to advance from the regional to the NCAA Golf Championships, Penn needs to be one of the low 10 teams in this regional. There is also an opportunity for the two low individuals in the field to move on, as well. The Quakers are seeded 24th out of 27 teams at the event.

The 2007 NCAA Golf Championships, hosted this year by Virginia Commonwealth, will be held in Williamsburg, Va. from May 30-June 2 at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club.

“Any way you slice it, we have our work cut out for us,” said Powelson. “As I told the guys this week, enjoy the entire experience, and remember that you deserve to be here.

“Our goal this weekend is to be competitive and play the type of golf that won us an Ivy League championship,” he continued. “That means all five players must be around par or better. Some may say this is a tough challenge, but Director of Golf Francis Vaughn and I have a lot confidence in this group of young men. I think our senior captain, Sean Barrett, will really set the tone along with co-captain Dean Merrill; they are pumped to play in this event and represent the University of Pennsylvania. Their leadership is what will carry the day for us.”

THE NCAA WEST REGIONAL FIELD (by seed)

Teams
1. Stanford (#2 Golfweek ranking) - 6-time NCAA champion with last coming in 1994
2. UCLA (#8) - 1988 national champion
3. UNLV (#9) - 1998 national champion
4. USC (#5) - 2007 Pacific-10 Conference champion
5. East Tennessee State (#13) - 2007 Atlantic Sun Conference
6. Brigham Young (#15) - 2007 Mountain West Conference
7. Arizona State (#19) - 1990 and 1996 national champion and five-time NCAA West Regional champion.
8. Wake Forest (#21) - 1974, 1975 and 1986 national champion
9. Arizona (#22) - 1992 national champion
10. UC Irvine (#38) - 2007 Big West Conference champion, made NCAA championship in 1992 and 2001
11. South Carolina (#33) - best NCAA championship finish was eighth in 1988
12. Washington (#35) - finished third at 2005 NCAA Championship
13. Vanderbilt (#46) - advanced to NCAA championship twice (2003 and 2004)
14. Augusta State (#40)
15. Pepperdine (#41) - 2007 West Coast Conference, 1997 national champion
16. San Diego State (#48) - last NCAA championship appearance was in 2005
17. New Mexico (#52) - 39 appearances in NCAA championship
18. Oregon State (#60) - last made NCAA championship in 2001
19. Colorado State (#65) - only NCAA championship was in 1999
20. Oregon (#57) - last NCAA championship was in 2003, won 2007 ASU Thunderbird Invitational at Karsten Golf Course April 13-15
21. California (#54) - 2004 NCAA champion, its only appearance in past six years in NCAA championship
22. Nevada (#83) - 2007 Western Athletic Conference champion, made NCAA championships in 1989, 1990 and 2006
23. Denver (#81) - trying for first NCAA championship since 1960
24. Pennsylvania (#165) - 2007 Ivy League champion, three NCAA championship appearances (1947, 1948, 1965)
25. Detroit (#179) - 2007 Horizon League champion, three NCAA championship appearances (1947, 1951, 1955)
26. Bucknell (#229) - 2007 Patriot League champion, two NCAA championship appearances (1957, 1961)
27. Monmouth (#249) - 2007 Northeast Conference champion, trying for first NCAA championship

Individuals
1. Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount
2. Dustin Pimm, Utah
3. Darrin Hall, San Diego
4. Michael McRae, St. Mary’s (Calif.)
5. Geoff Gonzalez, Cal Poly
6. Thomas Petersson, Pacific

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