29 Th11 2021 | 09:03
The Grand Canyon men’s golf team heads to the WAC Championship at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada. Competition runs Friday through Sunday, with 18 holes of golf per day.
THREE THINGS TO KNOW
- BOULDER CREEK GOLF CLUB: The course at Boulder Creek Golf Club is a par-72, 7,482-yard layout. GCU is paired with New Mexico State in first-round action on Friday. GCU tee times run from 8 a.m. to 8:32 a.m. (Phoenix time). All pairings in the WAC Championship are twosomes. The Big Sky recently held its conference tournament at the same course (April 25-27) with Sacramento State claiming the title. Only two golfers in the field finished 54 holes under par.
- PREVIOUS WAC CHAMPIONSHIP: GCU finished runner-up to Kansas City at the 2019 WAC Championship by four shots. GCU graduate Jake Chanen claimed medalist honors and represented the Lopes at the NCAA Regional in Washington. Senior Michael Salazar finished in second place behind Chanen with rounds of 74, 69 and 68. Salazar was the only player in the field with two rounds in the 60s. Senior Trevor Lampson also had a solid championship and finished in a tie for sixth.
- SALAZAR SIZZLES: Salazar enters the WAC Championship with a pair of WAC Golfer of the Week awards in each of the last two months. He won the GCU Invitational and had an outstanding showing at the Hawkeye Invitational, finishing in 11th place in a strong field.
Participating teams in the WAC Championship will be GCU, New Mexico State, Seattle U, UT Rio Grande Valley and Utah Valley. California Baptist and Dixie State will have individuals competing for medalist honors.
LAST TIME OUT
GCU finished eighth at the Hawkeye Invitational on April 17-18 in Iowa City, Iowa. The Lopes finished strong by tying for the second-best final round of the tournament. GCU junior Matthew Polivka fired a final-round 67 to finish in a tie for 19th place. Salazar’s 68 vaulted him into 11th place.
The winning team at the WAC Championship will earn an automatic berth into NCAA Regionals on May 17-19.