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Teams Prep For WCC Championships

April 14, 2006

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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. Last season, Pepperdine captured both the men's and the women's team titles, marking the seventh consecutive crown for the Wave men and the fourth straight title for the Wave women. Joe Lanza from Saint Mary's College took home individual medalist honors on the men's side, while Pepperdine's Carolina Llano captured the individual title for an unprecedented third consecutive season.


Morris Williams Invitational (4/3-4/4)
Pepperdine - 17th (907)
Gaucho Invitational (4/3-4/4)
San Diego - Cancelled
Saint Mary's Invitational (4/10-4/11)
Santa Clara - 7th (917)
Loyola Marymount - T8th (921)
Saint Mary's - T8th (921)
San Francisco - 11th (925)
Portland - 15th (947)
Gonzaga - 19th (966)

PING Arizona State Invitational (3/31-4/2)
Pepperdine - 5th (895)
Hoya Women's Invitational (4/1-4/2)
Gonzaga - 5th (644)
Peg Barnhard Invitational (4/8-4/9)
San Francisco - 11th (620)
Santa Clara - 15th (639)


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. 40, followed by No. 54 Santa Clara, No. 75 San Diego, and No. 86 Saint Mary's. On the women's side, Pepperdine, a legitimate contender for the national title, owns a No. 8 ranking, while San Francisco checks in with a No. 74 listing.

Four For Llano?
Pepperdine senior Caroline Llano is attempting to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive WCC Women's Golf Championship individual medalist honor. Llano set a WCC record with her third individual title last season, breaking a tie with former Wave Lindsey Wright, who took home two WCC individual medalist honors (2002, 2000).

WCC Individual Medalists
Below is a list of WCC student-athletes who have taken home individual medalist honors this season.

Mary Kate Morgan, GON - Red Rock Invitational
Jessica Potter, USF - 2006 Oregon Duck Invitational
Megan Stoddart, SCU - Bronco Fall Invitational
Eileen Vargas, PEP - Branch Law Firm Dick McGuire Invitational; Santa Clara Colby Invitational

Chad Cocco, SMC - Mid Pines Intercollegiate
Alex Coe, PEP - General Jim Hackler Invitational
Jason D'Amore, LMU - Braveheart Classic
Brian Locke, LMU - 2005 Santa Clara Invitational


Gonzaga Bulldogs
- 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 (2/26) by two strokes.

- The GU women's squad will look to improve upon last season's fifth place finish, while the Bulldog men will look to improve on their seventh place finish from a year ago. The Zag women tied a program-best third place finish in 2003, while the highest the men have finished is sixth, with the last time coming in 2003.

- 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 highest finish for the men this season is fourth, while the women have finished second.

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 claimed his second tournament title in two seasons with LMU.

- 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 Lions look to improve upon last season's eighth place showing at the WCC Championships. LMU's best finish in the championship was a third place finish in 1985.

Pepperdine Waves
- The Waves' women's team is coming off of a fifth place finish at the PING/ASU Invitational.

- The Wave women are No. 8 in the most recent Golfweek rankings, while the men are ranked No. 40.

- Pepperdine has taken home the last four WCC women's championships and the last seven men's conference titles.

- Senior Carolina Llano has won an unprecedented three WCC Championship individual medalist honors. Llano and former Pepperdine All-American Lindsey Wright are the only golfers in WCC history to have won multiple individual titles.

- Senior Alex Coe leads the Wave men with a 72.10 stroke average.

Portland Pilots
- 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.

- Portland finished fourth in both the men's and women's 2005 WCC Championships. The UP men have won two WCC championships (1993, 1985), while the Pilot women have finished third on three different occasions (2002-00).

- 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, who recently tied for sixth place at the Saint Mary's/Merrill Lynch Invitational (4/11), leads the Pilots with a 75.63 stroke average.

Saint Mary's Gaels
- The Saint Mary's men's golf team wrapped up the regular season tying for eighth at the Saint Mary's/Merrill Lynch Invitational (4/11).

- Junior Chadd Cocco, a two-time All-WCC selection, is the Gaels most consistent performer, leading the Gaels with a 72.38 stroke average and has fired a team-low 66 this season, tying for the second lowest round by any WCC men's golfer this season. Cocco has earned six top 10 finishes this season, tops on the Gaels' squad.

- Sophomore Mike McRae is second on the Gaels with a 74.12 stroke average and has posted two top 10 finishes this season.

- The Gaels look to get over the hump in 2006. Saint Mary's has finished second to Pepperdine the last two seasons and in the top four the past four seasons. The runner-up finishes the past two seasons is the best final results in program history.

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 and fourth of the season.

- Led by freshman Barry's 73.11 stroke average, four Toreros boast sub-74 averages.

- The Toreros look to improve upon last season's sixth place finish at the WCC Championship.

San Francisco Dons
- USF sophomore Jessica Potter captured her first individual medalist honor when she took home the individual title at the 2006 Duck Women's Golf Invitational (3/28). It is the first individual medalist honor by a Don 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 leads the Dons with a 74.4 stroke average.

- The Don women are the only team other than Pepperdine to win a WCC Championship (2001, 1997), while the Don men have won eight WCC titles, the last coming in 1990.

Santa Clara Broncos
- The SCU men, led by the steady play of senior Michael Nicoletti, have 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. 54 listing.

- The SCU women have earned four top-five finishes in their last six tournaments.

- Junior Megan Stoddart, a transfer from the University of Hawaii, continues to lead the Broncos with a 77.14 round average.

- The Santa Clara men have taken home two WCC Championship titles (1998, 1969), and are the last team other than Pepperdine to have won the crown. The SCU women have finished third five times, including a third place finish in 2005.