Guillaume opens play in NCAA men's golf championship Tuesday afternoon

Vaita Guillaume
(photo by Tim Cowie)
Vaita Guillaume (photo by Tim Cowie)

PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIF. – Vaita Guillaume of Campbell University will tee off Tuesday at 2:20 p.m. (PDT) in the first round of the NCAA men's golf championship at Riviera Country Club.  Guillaume will be paired with Josh Anderson of Pepperdine and Nate McCoy from Iowa State.

Live scoring of the event will be available on-line at

The Big South Conference player of the year, Guillaume finished in a 3-way tie for top individual honors May 19 at the NCAA Greensboro Regional at 3-under par 213.  He won a play-off on the first hole with Matt Schovee of SMU to earn the NCAA Championship individual berth.

A senior from Papeete, Tahiti, Guillaume is the first Campbell player to advance to the NCAA men's golf championship since the program moved to NCAA Division I status in 1977-78.  He is the lone Camel player to play in three NCAA regionals (2009 team berth, individual bids in 2011 and 2012) and one of only five to make a regional appearance.

In addition to his triumph at the Greensboro Regional, Guillaume won top individual honors this year at the Georgetown Intercollegiate, Kiawah Classic, Bash at the Beach and the Wofford Coca-Cola Invitational.

He leads all Big South Conference players in stroke average (70.72), a number that ranks 10th nationally.  Guillaume stands second in the country in par-4 scoring average (3.97) and ninth in score vs. par (-0.78).

Thirty teams and six individual entries will tee off Tuesday on the par-71, 7,292 yard course beginning at 7 a.m. PT for the first of three days of stroke play. The top eight teams after 54 holes will advance to a three-day match play tournament for the NCAA title. Individual medalist honors will go to the top finisher after the initial 54 holes.

Riviera Country Club
Riviera, considered one of the most classic golf courses in the country since it opened for play in 1927, has hosted the 1998 U.S. Senior Open, the 1995 and 1983 PGA Championships and the 1948 U.S. Open, which was the first time the U.S. Open was played west of the Rockies. The Club began hosting the Los Angeles Open in 1929, which quickly became one of the top annual tournaments on the schedule (although it was also hosted by other Los Angeles courses). Nissan became a title sponsor in 1987 and in 2008 the event was reincarnated as the Northern Trust Open. A home to some of professional golf's top events, the 2012 NCAA Championships will mark the first time Riviera has hosted an amateur event.