The UCSB men’s golf team will send senior clubber Jeff Wood to the NCAA regionals at Corvallis, Oregon, starting today.

Santa Barbara will hope Wood, the 2001 Big West Player of the Year, will retain his hot stroke after winning the conference’s individual title. The Gauchos came in tied for second with the University of Pacific behind Big West champ Irvine. Wood will battle for 18 holes Thursday through the final 18 holes Saturday.

Wood came in seventh place at the Western Intercollegiate at Santa Cruz, California in April and captured the Oregon Duck Invitational at Eugene, Oregon earlier in the season in March.

The senior is averaging 72.80 shots per round through the course of the season, yet he has averaged 71 shots in the 12 rounds of competition. Wood has had six scores of under 70 strokes, including two rounds of 65.

“Jeff has been playing real well,” UCSB Head Coach Steve Lass said in a press release. “He has raised his level of play at just the right time. This is a great field of players, and Jeff is ready to give them a battle.”

-Nexus Staff Report