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Gaels, De Los Reyes in Control at Men’s Golf #WCCchamps

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DANVILLE, Calif. -- Saint Mary's owns a substantial 22-stroke advantage, while senior Jonathan De Los Reyes stretched his individual lead to 6 shots entering tomorrow's final round of the West Coast Conference Championships at Blackhawk Country Club.

Final round action of the WCC Championship tees off at 7:50 a.m. PDT Wednesday off No. 1 on the Lakeside Course.

For the second straight day, the Gaels (-17) posted the best team score among the 9-team field. Their 2-under par 286 was five strokes better than defending WCC Champion Pepperdine (+5) and BYU (+7), which moved into the runner-up and third place spots on the leaderboard.  

With rounds of 273-286, Saint Mary's enters tomorrow's final round at 17-under par and is 22-strokes ahead of the Waves.  Four shots separate second place from fifth. BYU is at 7-over, while San Diego (+8) and San Francisco (+9) make up the top five in the standings.

Individually, four of the Gaels' five players are among the top 10 individuals in the 45-player field.  Behind tournament leader De Los Reyes, Connor Blick is in sole possession of third place at 4-under par - one of just eight golfers under par after 36 holes.

San Francisco’s Seb Crookall-Nixon (-7) is second on the leaderboard, six shots behind De Los Reyes. BYU’s Spencer Dunaway and Santa Clara’s Haden Shieh share fourth place at 3-under, while BYU’s Patrick Fishburn and Pepperdine’s Robert Geibel are sixth at 2-under.

De Los Reyes, a 2-time first team all-West Coast Conference selection, followed his 8-under par 64 yesterday with a 5-under 67 in near-perfect conditions on Blackhawk's par 72, 6,901 yard Lakeside Course.  His first round score was just one stroke off the course record and is believed to be the lowest individual score in a WCC men's golf championship event.

Today, the Antioch native went 2-under with a pair of birdies among his first four holes before bogeys on Nos. 18 and 1 put him back at even par.  He recovered nicely with eagles on holes 3 and 5 and a birdie on No. 8.  He only has three bogeys in the tournament's first 36 holes.

Team Standings: 1. Saint Mary's 273-286=559; 2. Pepperdine 290-291=581; 3. BYU 292-291=583; 4. San Diego 288-296=584; 5. San Francisco 289-296=585; 6. Pacific 292-299=591; 7. Gonzaga 293-302=595; 8. Santa Clara 286-310=596; 9. Loyola Marymount 297-304=601.

Individual Leaders: 1. Jonathan De Los Reyes (Saint Mary's) 64-67=131; 2. Seb Crookall-Nixon (San Francisco) 68-69=137; 3. Connor Blick (Saint Mary's) 68-72=140; T4. Hayden Shieh (Santa Clara) 67-74=141; T4. Spencer Dunaway (BYU) 71-70=141.