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Stanford men receive top seed for West Regional golf tourney

 

Stanford earned the top seed for the NCAA Men's Golf West Regional, as the teams and individuals set to participate in the NCAA Championships field were selected Monday.

The Pac-12 Conference champions are headed to Eugene, Ore., along with 12 other teams and 10 individuals not on those teams. The event will be played at the par-70, 6,990-yard Eugene Country Club, one of six 54-hole regional tournaments conducted May 15-17.

Top-seeded Stanford will be joined by Houston, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Baylor, Big South champion Liberty, host Oregon, Tennessee, North Florida, East Tennessee State, UT-Chattanooga, Missouri Valley champion Wichita State and Big Sky champion Northern Colorado.

The regional bid is the 16th consecutive for the Cardinal. Stanford has advanced to the NCAA Championships in six of the past nine seasons.

The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals. The NCAA Championships will be contested May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas. Wichita State is the host institution.

Fencing

For the second straight week, Stanford sophomore Alex Massialas captured a medal on the international fencing circuit as he earned bronze at the Senior Men's Foil Tokyo Grand Prix.

Massialas was competing for the first time since winning his first career gold on the senior tour last weekend in Seoul, South Korea. He defeated his USA teammate Race Imboden in the fianls for the top prize and this week wound up drawing another American in the semifinals.

The semifinals came down to a matchup between two San Francisco natives in Massialas and Gerek Meinhardt. The two battled to a 15-11 final with Meinhardt coming out on top. He would go on to win gold while Massialas shared bronze with Imboden to give Team USA three medals at the event.

In two weeks of fencing, Massialas had more than doubled his points total. His two podium finishes gave him a combined 62 points to stretch his yearly total to 117. He is just five points away from a career best.

Massialas won four bouts to reach the semifinals in Tokyo. He had two close bouts the rounds leading up to it with a 15-13 win over France's Vincent Simon in the quarterfinals and a 15-14 victory over Alexey Cheremisinov of Russia. It was the second straight week that Massialas beat Cheremisinov, who was ranked No. 2 in the world the first time the two met and No. 7 this week.

In the round of 32, Massialas posted a 15-11 win over Alessio Foconi of Italy. Massialas cruised to a 15-7 win against Egypt's Alaaeldin Abouelkassem in the round of 64.

The next stop on the international men's foil tour is Havana, Cuba. The Senior World Cup event will take place May 23-25.

— Stanford Athletics

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