Stanford Golf Course selected to host NCAA regional play


The NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Golf Committees have selected Stanford University Golf Course as the site for upcoming NCAA Regional Championships, as announced Thursday.

Stanford was selected to host regional action for three consecutive years, including women's play in 2016 and 2018, and men's in 2017.

The 2015 NCAA Championships will feature a new format while maintaining the 72-hole stroke play format for determining the individual champion. Finals play for both championships will now consist of three days of stroke play on Friday through Sunday (54 holes), after which the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on an advancing team will be determined.

That is followed by a final day of 18 holes of stroke play (Monday) to determine the top eight teams that will advance to match play as well as the 72-hole individual champion. The team national champion will be determined by a match-play format that will consist of quarterfinals and semifinals conducted on Tuesday, followed by the finals on Wednesday.

Men's basketball

Former standout Casey Jacobsen will be honored as Stanford's representative for induction into this year's Pac-12 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor.

The induction is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, during a ceremony prior to the championship game of the 2015 Pac-12 Tournament held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the championship game.

Inductees for the other conference schools include: Fred Snowden (Arizona), Ron Riley (Arizona State), Sean Lampley (California), Jim Davis (Colorado), Anthony Taylor (Oregon), Jim Jarvis (Oregon State), Dave Meyers (UCLA), Alex Hannum (USC), Danny Vranes (Utah), Jon Brockman (Washington) and Bennie Seltzer (Washington State).

Jacobsen appeared in 95 career games, averaging 18.1 points while shooting 47.0 percent overall, 42.7 percent from three-point territory and 77.1 percent from the foul line.

Jacobsen, who in 2001 became the first Cardinal player to be recognized as a First Team All-American by the Associated Press, also earned All-America accolades as a junior in 2002 while finishing his career as a three-time All-Pac-10 selection. Jacobsen's 1,723 career points rank fourth-best in school history while his scoring average of 18.1 is good for sixth all-time. Jacobsen also ranks fourth in three-pointers made (222).

A native of Glendora, Calif., Jacobsen averaged 21.9 points per game as a junior, becoming Stanford's first conference scoring champion since Keith Jones (1983-84). Jacobsen led the Cardinal in scoring three years in a row, becoming the first player in school history to accomplish the feat since Adam Keefe's run in 1990-92.

Jacobsen chose to forego his senior year and was drafted 22nd overall in the first round of the 2002 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. After three seasons with Phoenix, Jacobsen played regularly for New Orleans (2004-05) and Memphis (2007-08) before electing to play overseas.

Men's gymnastics

Stanford' sophomore Akash Modi was named the College Gymnastics Association Gymnast of the Week, as announced by the organization Thursday.

Modi claimed individual victories in the all-around and floor to lead Stanford to a season-opening victory at No. 8 California. He went 87.800 in the all-around and 15.150 on floor to place first, and scored 14.400 on pommel horse to tie for second. In an exhibition routine, Modi scored a meet-best 15.300 on parallel bars.

Modi was a four-time CGA Gymnast of the Week as a freshman in 2014.

Stanford and Modi will look to keep their momentum going this Saturday when it plays host to California and Washington as part of the Stanford Open.

Men's water polo

Ten Stanford student-athletes, the highest total in the conference, earned 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic accolades, which were announced by the league on Friday morning.

Adam Abdulhamid, Griffin Bolan, Bret Bonanni, Reid Chase, BJ Churnside, Conner Cleary, Nick Hoversten, Sam Pfeil, Connor Stapleton and Adam Warmoth were recognized for their combined work athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible, students must have a 3.00 or better cumulative grade point average, be at least a sophomore academically and have spent at least one academic year at the institution and must have competed in fifty percent of their team's competition this season.

— Stanford Athletics

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