March 30, 2006
WCC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
April 17-18, 2006
Saddle Creek Golf Course - Copperopolis, Calif.
The West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Golf Championships return to Saddle Creek Golf Course in Copperopolis, CA. The two-day event will take place on Monday, April 17 through Tuesday, April 18th. This season marks the 39th annual men's championship and the 10th annual women's championship.
Morris Williams Invitational (4/3-4/4)
Gaucho Invitational (4/3-4/4)
Saint Mary's Invitational (4/10-4/11)
PING Arizona State Invitational (3/31-4/2)
Hoya Women's Invitational (4/1-4/2)
Peg Barnhard Invitational (4/8-4/9)
AROUND THE WCC
The WCC welcomes back several of the conference's top golfers from the 2005 season. Seven of the 10 women's golfers who earned All-WCC honors last season return to their respective teams, while six of the 11 men's top golfers return in 2006. Below are the student-athletes who earned All-WCC last season with the returning players in bold.
2005 Women's All-WCC Team
Name, School - YR
Leanne Bowditch, PEP - FR
Marina Choi, PEP - FR
Rachel Kyono, PEP - SR
Carolina Llano, PEP - JR
Mariko Shimozaki, USF - SR
Samantha Trask, SCU - SO
Eileen Vargas, PEP - SO
Honorable Mention: Niki Jacoby, USF; Jessica Potter, USF; Mary Kate Morgan, GON
2005 men's All-WCC Team
Name, School - YR
Chad Cocco, SMC - SO
Alex Coe, PEP - JR
Jason D'Amore, LMU - FR
Liam Kendregan, SMC - SR
Joe Lanza, SMC - SR
Brian O'Flaherty, PEP - SR
Michael Putnam, PEP - SR
Colin Wilcox, PEP - JR
Honorable Mention: Taylor Hobin, USF; Mike McCabe, POR; Michael McRae, SMC
WCC In The Rankings
Four WCC men's teams are ranked in the latest Golfweek top 100. Pepperdine is the highest ranked WCC team, coming in at No. 20, followed by No. 57 Santa Clara, No. 83 San Diego, and No. 88 Saint Mary's. On the women's side, Pepperdine, a legitimate contender for the national title, owns a No. 7 ranking, while San Francisco checks in with a No. 77 listing.
Pepperdine Men's Team Named Golfweek's National Team Of The Week
The Pepperdine men's golf team was named Golfweek's Team of the Week on March 8th following an impressive victory at the Ashworth Collegiate Invitational on February 28th. The Waves earned the honor after recording a nine-shot win over host USC at North Ranch Country Club in nearby Westlake Village. The victory came against a 15-team field that included six teams who were ranked in the Top 25.
Gonzaga's Mary Kate Morgan Makes History
Junior Mary Kate Morgan became the first Gonzaga University women's golfer to win a major tournament when she shot an even-par 72 in the final round to win the Red Rock Invitational (2/26) by two strokes.
WCC February Golfers Of The Month Selected
Pepperdine senior Alex Coe and junior Eileen Vargas and Gonzaga junior Mary Kate Morgan were recognized as West Coast Conference Golfers of the Month after turning in stellar performances during the month of February. Coe competed in two tournaments during the month of February and registered a pair of top 10 finishes. In six rounds, Coe posted a 70.17 stroke average and recorded four rounds in the 60s. Vargas and Morgan shared the women's Golfer of the Month honor. Vargas posted a pair of top 15 finishes in two tournaments during February, posting a 73.17 stroke average in six rounds. Morgan made history, becoming the first GU women's golfer to win a major tournament when she shot a 4-over-par 148 to win the Red Rock Invitational.
Pepperdine Women's Golf Team Achieves No. 1 Ranking
Following its season-opening win at the Branch Law Firm Dick McGuire Invitational (9/28), the Pepperdine women's golf team moved to the No. 1 spot in Golfweek's national rankings that were released on September 29th. The No. 1 listing marks the second time in program history that Pepperdine has earned a top national ranking. The Waves were previously ranked No. 1 during the spring of 2003 after winning five straight tournaments.
WCC TEAM NOTES
- Junior Mary Kate Morgan became the first Gonzaga University women's golfer to win a major tournament when she shot an even-par 72 to win the Red Rock Invitational by two strokes.
- The GU women's squad finished second in the Northern Illinois University Snowbird Invitational that concluded on March 16, marking the team's second consecutive runner-up finish after taking second in the NIU Snowflake Invitational.
- For the men's team, sophomore Trevor Loe has been the most consistent performer, finishing fourth at the Bearkat Classic (3/18), and most recently posting a 20th place finish at the Cuesta Title/Cal Poly Intercollegiate (3/24).
- The GU men's team next hits the links at the Saint Mary's Invitational (4/10-4/11), while the women's squad participates in the Hoya Women's Invitational (4/1-4/2).
Loyola Marymount Lions
- Sophomore Jason D'Amore finished the 2006 Callaway Golf Invitational (3/14) with a three-round score of 209, good for seven-under par and the individual title. D'Amore claims his second tournament title in two seasons with LMU.
- The top finish for D'Amore helped the Lions finish in third place of the 16-team field thanks to a team score of 899 (+35).
- Freshman Brian Locke has been outstanding in his first season with the Lions. In the fall, Locke took home individual medalist honors of the 2005 Santa Clara Invitational, tying a course record and an LMU program single-round record with his opening round 64. His 64 equaled the mark held by teammate D'Amore and Nicolas Beauvy (1981). His total score of 205 is the second-best 54-hole total in program history, just two strokes behind D'Amore's 203 set a year ago. Most recently, Locke finished tied for third at the 2006 Cuesta Title/Cal Poly Intercollegiate with a three-under par 213.
- The Waves' women's team was last in action at the Santa Clara Colby Invitational where it claimed the team title with a 43-shot victory over second-place UC Riverside. The win marked 13th-year Head Coach Laurie Gibbs' 25th tournament win. Junior All-American Eileen Vargas won individual medalist honors with an even-par score of 143.
- The Wave women are No. 5 in the most recent Golfstat rankings and No. 7 by Golfweek.
- The Pepperdine men's golf team was named Golweek's "Team of the Week" following an impressive victory at the Ashworth Collegiate Invitational (2/28). The Waves recorded a nine-shot win over host USC and defeated a 15-team field that included six teams who were ranked in the Top 25.
- Senior Alex Coe carded a final-round 3-under par 69 to finish at 6-under par 210 and capture individual medalist honors at the General Jim Hackler Invitational (3/13).
- The Portland women's golf team placed sixth at the 13-team Santa Clara Colby Invitational (3/14), marking their top finish of the 2005-06 season.
- Sophomore Molly Edmunds and freshman Taryn Kuida registered top 20 finishes at the Santa Clara Colby Invitational, tying for 14th and 19th, respectively. Edmunds has finished in the top 20 in five of eight tournaments this season.
- The University of Portland men's golf team most recently finished in 10th place with a 909 at the 12-team Oregon Duck Invitational (3/28).
- Redshirt junior Jake Easterly fired a Portland season single-round best 69 in the final round of the Braveheart Classic (3/7) in Riverside, CA. Easterly tied for 17th individually, the top finish for any Pilot golfer this season, while Portland's second round 292 was the best round of the year for the Pilots.
Saint Mary's Gaels
- The Saint Mary's men's golf team posted a 12th place finish, out of 19 teams, at the 60th Annual Western Intercollegiate from the Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz, CA on March 28th.
- Leading the Gaels over the two-day event was junior Chadd Cocco who posted a score of 143 (+3) to tie for eighth place in the individual competition. Cocco, a two-time All-WCC selection, leads the Gaels with a 72.0 stroke average this season and owns a team-best 73.5 career stroke average.
- Sophomore Mike McRae carded a 2-over par 74 in the final round at the 2006 Callaway Golf Invitational to post a top 10 finish with a score of 222 (+6) to finish tied for eighth in the individual competition.
- The Gaels next compete at the Bite Pacific Coast Intercollegiate (4/3-4/4).
San Diego Toreros
- The USD men's golf team turned in a solid final round team score of 288 to finish third overall in the 60th Annual Western Intercollegiate at the Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz, CA on March 28th.
- Two Toreros finished in the top 15 of the Western Intercollegiate as sophomore Bucky Coe tied for second with a two round score of 140, while freshman Michael Barry tied for 14th overall with a two-round total of 145.
- The third place showing at the Western Intercollegiate marked the Toreros third consecutive top three finish as San Diego placed second at its 2006 Callaway Golf Invitational (3/14), and finished third out of 18 teams in the Braveheart Classic (3/7).
- The Toreros have one final tune-up before the WCC Championships as they play at the Gaucho Invitational (4/3-4/4) in Lompoc, CA.
San Francisco Dons
- USF sophomore Jessica Potter bounced back from a first round 78 to win individual medalist honors at the 2006 Duck Women's Golf Invitational (3/28). Potter carded a 72 in the second round and fired a one-under 71 in the final round to force a playoff with WSU's Anastasia Kostina, before winning on the third playoff hole. It is her first career medalist honor and the first for the Dons this season.
- Potter's first place finish at the Duck Invitational came on the heels of a third place individual finish at the San Jose State University Spartan Invitational (3/7).
- On the men's side, freshman Domingo Jojola has impressed in his first season on The Hilltop. Jojola captured individual medalist honors at the Hargrove Davis Spring Classic (3/7). He has placed no lower than 22nd in four tournaments this spring.
- Junior Taylor Hobin earned All-WCC honorable mention status in 2005.
Santa Clara Broncos
- The Santa Clara men's team took home fifth place at the Western Intercollegiate (3/28), continuing their streak of finishing at least in the top five in every tournament they've played this season.
- The SCU men, led by the steady play of senior Michael Nicoletti, has captured four tournament titles in 2005-06, taking home top honors at the Purple & Red Invite (9/20), the Bronco Fall Invite (10/11), the Rice Intercollegiate (2/7), and at the Anteater Invite (2/28). The Broncos earned their first-ever Golfweek top 50 ranking in the fall and currently own a No. 57 listing.
- The SCU women's team wrapped up their fourth top-five finish in their last five starts with a third-place effort out of 13 teams at the Santa Clara Colby Invitational.
- Junior Megan Stoddart, a transfer from the University of Hawaii, continues to lead the Broncos with a 77.14 round average.