Dick Harmon: BYU golf just fine with new conference

Published: Saturday, April 16 2011 10:10 p.m. MDT

"As for the other sports, we'll compete in another conference. At least we have a home. But in golf, just like its been for 30 years, each tournament you play in, your team's performance earns you points; stroke average, head-to-head, stroke differential are the elements that qualify you for the NCAA bid.

"We used to have regionals," said Brockbank. "We used to have West, Central and East. They had 30 teams go to the regional and 10 teams advanced. Now we have six regionals and 15 teams are at each regional and five advance to the NCAA finals, which is a 30-team national championship. All the tournaments you play in from September to May, the rankings is what you are fighting for, to be ranked in the top 60 teams and get into the NCAAs."

This year, Brockbank's team has struggled and been average. Even over the weekend, the Cougars were middle of the pack on a course they know better than any.

The bright spot this season is Utah's own Blair, son of All-American Jimmy Blair, who could qualify for the NCAAs as an individual. If BYU cannot win the MWC tournament in May, the Cougars will not advance as a team.

Again, that's another story.

In the short run, Brockbank is satisfied where BYU golf lands: In the WCC.

email: dharmon@desnews.com

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