College golf: Curran, VU golf team seek repeat of 2007 NCAA Regional success

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 5:43pm
Staff reports

Senior Jon Curran leads Vanderbilt into the NCAA men’s golf Central Region Championship, which begins Thursday at The Club at Olde Stone in Alvaton, Ky.

The top five out of 14 teams will advance to the NCAA Championship. The field also includes Middle Tennessee State and Austin Peay.

Curran eared All-America honors in 2007, when he was second in the regional tournament and eighth at the national championship. That also was the last time the Commodores advanced to the NCAA tournament.

This season he has notched three top 10 finishes.

Two Vanderbilt players, sophomore Ryan Haselden and Hudson Johnson, won individual titles since the start of the school year. Haselden won the Seminole Intercollegiate (VU also won the team title) in March, and Johnson won the Hummingbird Intercollegiate in the fall.

Senior Tyler Matthews and sophomore Adam Hofmann will round out the lineup for the Commodores.


RAPID CITY, S.D. – Cold, windy conditions continued to challenge Trevecca Nazarene’s quartet of players at the NAIA Women’s Championship.

Freshman Ashley Birdwell was the Lady Trojans’ low scorer with a 15-over (87). She made just five pars and no bogeys. The other three players finished between 19-over and 26-over.

Alyssa Moe was the only one of the four to make a birdie. She made a 4 on the par-5 18th, her ninth hole of the day.

Despite all of that they dropped just two spots in the team standings to 24th out of 28 teams. They finished the day one stroke out of 23rd and seven behind 22nd, where they started the day.

Trevecca started in the morning and by the time its players finished, the temperature was in the low 40s with a 25-mile-per-hour wind (gusts up to 40) that created a wind chill near freezing.