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Gold Mountain to host NCAA West Region

The 18th hole at Gold Mountain Golf Complex’s Olympic Course will prove a challenge for some of the top collegiate golfers in the nation as Gold Mountain prepares to host the NCAA Regionals.  - Jesse Beals/file photo 2007
The 18th hole at Gold Mountain Golf Complex’s Olympic Course will prove a challenge for some of the top collegiate golfers in the nation as Gold Mountain prepares to host the NCAA Regionals.
— image credit: Jesse Beals/file photo 2007

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Gold Mountain Golf Complex in Bremerton will host the NCAA West Regionals competition, scheduled for May 15-17.

Known in the golf community as a challenging, yet fair, course, Gold Mountain was selected as one of three sites to host a regional competition, placing a third of the nation’s top collegiate-level golfers against each other in Bremerton’s backyard.

Scarlet Golf Course, in Columbus, Ohio, will host the Central Regional while the Council Fire Golf Club in Chattanooga, Tenn., will host the East Regional.

“This is something we’re proud of,” said Gold Mountain Director Of Golf Scott Alexander. “This is a big honor.”

Challenging college’s best golfers — 27 teams and six individuals will compete, with the top 10 teams and two individuals advancing to the NCAA Finals — Alexander said the course offers little room for error but still awards good play.

“It’s known not only to be a tough course, but a fair course,” he explained. “If you hit two good shots you’re in position for a birdie.”

Golfers will tee off three consecutive days, playing 54 total holes.

“It’s not impossible to score if you’re hitting well,” Alexander said of the expected scores. “(The course) separates the good shots from the bad shots.”

Selections will be made May 5, determining exactly which teams will compete at the regionals. Oregon State University, Washington State University and the University of Washington are expected to receive consideration.

“Gold Mountain is one of my favorite golf courses in the country. It is a true test of golf with all of the elements to make this a championship golf course,” said Ryan Donovan, mens golf coach at San Diego State University. “The conditions of the course are superb and the greens are as smooth as any golf course I’ve seen.”

Every hole at Gold Mountain poses a different challenge, but Alexander said holes 12 and 18 will prove particularly pivotal.

With a 30- to 40-foot elevated tee and deep bunkers to the right, the par-3 hole 12 should create numerous bogie situations.

“You really have to hit a good shot,” Alexander said of the 12th hole. “A par’s a great score there.”

Though not the toughest hole on the course, the layout of the 18th and final hole, when scores become most relevant, will create an interesting end to golfers’ rounds

“It’s 324 yards and we’ll set the tee up so they can reach the green in one,” Alexander explained. “There are six bunkers and a lake on the second half of the hole on the way up to the green.”

Gold Mountain, which hosted the 2006 U.S. Public Links Championship, also will host the 2011 junior championships.

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