June 15, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Arguably the strongest field in collegiate golf will compete at the Ping/Golfweek Preview this fall at Caves Valley Golf Club. Loyola College, host of the 2005 NCAA Golf Championships, joins efforts with Caves Valley to host the Preview September 26-27.
"To be a part of such a strong field is exciting and a great boost for our program," says Loyola Head Golf Coach Tom Beidleman. "It will obviously be a great test for us as we compete against the nation's top teams."
Joining the Greyhounds in the 15-team field are powerhouse teams like Florida, No. 1 in the final 2003-04 Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, and California, the reigning NCAA champion.
In addition to California and Florida, the field will include Clemson (No. 2), UCLA (3), Georgia (4), Arizona State (5), Georgia Tech (6), Arizona (7), Oklahoma State (8), Texas (9) and TCU (10).
UNLV, which produced this year's NCAA medalist in junior Ryan Moore, Kentucky and Pepperdine all receive at-large bids to the two-day tournament.
UCLA is the defending Ping Preview champion, winning the title by one stroke over Georgia Tech in last fall's rain-shortened (36 holes) event at The Homestead Resort's Cascades course.
The Ping/Golfweek Preview is held each fall at the site of the following spring's NCAA Championship and annually attracts one of college golf's best fields.
Format of play at this year's Preview will be 36 holes the first day and the final 18 holes on Monday, Sept. 27.
The 2005 NCAA Golf Championships, again hosted by both Loyola College and Caves Valley, will take place on June 1-4 at Caves Valley, a Tom Fazio-designed course which opened in 1991. Caves Valley hosted the 1995 U.S. Mid-Amateur, won by Jerry Courville, and also the 2002 U.S. Senior Open, won by Don Pooley in a playoff with Tom Watson.
2004 Ping Preview at Caves Valley
Loyola College in Maryland
California (NCAA Champions)
Arizona State (5)
Georgia Tech (6)
Oklahoma State (8)
(#) indicates 2003-04 final national ranking