May 17, 2006
WCC TEAMS IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Carolina Llano and Eileen Vargas shot final round even-par scores of 72 to help the Waves finish third at the NCAA Central Regional Championships at the par-72, 6,289-yard Traditions Club in Bryan Texas. The third-place showing qualified the Waves for their seventh NCAA Championships appearance in the last eight years. Pepperdine will travel to Columbus, Ohio, seeking its first national championship when it opens play at the Scarlet Course beginning May 23.
NCAA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
Scarlet Course - Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State University
Four WCC men's golf teams were selected to compete in the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship. Loyola Marymount earned the WCC's automatic bid by winning the WCC Championship. Joining the Lions in the West Regional is Pepperdine (14), Santa Clara (17), and San Diego (22). Saint Mary's Chadd Çocco was selected to compete as an individual in the West Regional.
NCAA MEN'S WEST REGIONAL
Tucson National Golf Club- Tucson, Arizona
University of Arizona
Loyola Marymount - Pepperdine - San Diego - Santa Clara
2006 WCC CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
The Pepperdine women's golf team rolled to its fifth straight conference title, and the LMU men's squad edged San Francisco to capture the program's first-ever title at the West Coast Conference Golf Championships at Saddle Creek Golf Course in Copperopolis, CA. The Wave women led from the opening round, shooting a 305 in Tuesday's final round to finish with a three-round score of 899, while the Loyola Marymount men's squad topped San Francisco by five strokes to capture the team title with an 872 mark.
San Francisco (877) took second place in the men's tournament, its highest finish since 2002, while Santa Clara (886) snagged its second straight third place finish. Saint Mary's (892) finished in fourth place, with Pepperdine (899) capturing fifth place and Portland (907) taking sixth. San Diego (922) and Gonzaga (928) rounded out the field in seventh and eighth place, respectively.
The Dons (924) notched their fifth straight second place finish in the women's tournament, while Santa Clara (952) placed third in the team standings. Gonzaga (973) finished fourth, and Portland (984) rounded out the women's standings in fifth place.
WCC TEAM NOTES
- Gonzaga junior Mary Kate Morgan shot a final-round 74 at the WCC Championships to tie for third place, matching the highest individual placing ever for a Bulldog at the conference event. Morgan joined Lisa Wasinger as the highest Bulldog placer, Wasinger also tying for third in the inaugural WCC Championship in 1997. Morgan finished ninth last season.
- Morgan was named to the All-WCC first team and Lacey Jo Manwaring was accorded honorable mention recognition. Morgan, an honorable-mention selection last season, joins Wasinger as the only All-WCC first-team selections in Gonzaga history.
- The Bulldog men finished eighth at the WCC Championships with a team score of 928.
- Jimmy Hayes was the top finisher for the Bulldogs on the men's side at the WCC Championships, tying 16th with a final total of 226.
Loyola Marymount Lions
- On the heels of their first-ever West Coast Conference championship and the automatic bid that comes with it, Loyola Marymount was placed in the West Regional of the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships.
- Freshman Brian Locke finished the WCC Championship with a six-under 210 to become the first Lion to win the WCC individual title. Locke fired a 64 in the final round, which equalled a WCC record, an LMU program record, and also set a course record at Saddlecreek Golf Course.
- Locke, who was also named the Freshman of the Year, joined former Pepperdine standout Randy Creighton (2001) as the only golfers in WCC history to take home the conference's top individual honor and the league's top freshman award in the same season.
- Joining Locke on the All-WCC first-team were Jason D'Amore and Josh Escobedo, while Lions' Head Coach Alex Galvan was named Co-Coach of the Year.
- The Waves' women's team finished third at the NCAA Central Regional and is heading to their seventh NCAA Championships appearance in the last eight years.
- Senior Eileen Vargas and sophomore Leanne Bowditch tied for ninth place at the Central Regional with 8-over par scores of 224 to lead the Waves.
- The Pepperdine men's team received the No. 14 seed in the NCAA West Regional.
- Head coach John Geibergers' Waves are making their 14th overall NCAA Regional appearance and eighth straight.
- Senior Alex Coe was named one of five finalists for the prestigious Byron Nelson Award. Coe will look to join former Wave All-Americans Jason Allred (2002) and Michael Putnam (2005) as the third Pepperdine golfer to receive the award.
- The Portland men finished sixth at the WCC Championships, while the Pilot women took fifth.
- Sophomore Matt Jacobsen tied for ninth place to pace the Pilot men. Jacobsen carded a six-over par 222 to earn honorable mention All-WCC honors.
- Portland shot a team score of 907, the lowest 54-hole score of the year for the Pilots.
- Portland will host the 2006 NCAA Division-I Men's Golf Championships at Crosswater in Sunriver, Ore. on May 31-June 3.
- Sophomore Molly Edmunds carded a 239 for Portland and finished 13th individually to earn honorable mention All-WCC honors, while junior Ashley Williams tied for 15th overall at 247, and sophomore Kristin Howell tied for 18th at 249.
Saint Mary's Gaels
- The Saint Mary's men's golf team posted a final round score of 290 (+2) en route to a fourth place finish at the WCC Golf Championships.
- Mike McRae and Chadd Cocco finished the WCC Championship in fourth and ninth place, respectively, to earn All-WCC first team honors.
- Cocco was one of six golfers selected to compete in the NCAA West Regional as an individual.
- With Cocco's selection to the 2006 NCAA Championship, the Saint Mary's golf team has been represented in the last three NCAA Championships. Joe Lanza was selected as an individual in 2004 and the SMC golf team earned an at large berth into the 2005 NCAA Western Regional.
- Saint Mary's is ranked No. 88 in the latest Golfweek ratings.
San Diego Toreros
- The San Diego Toreros, under the direction of third-year Head Coach Tim Mickelson, will be making the program's first-ever trip as they were selected the No. 22 seed in the 27 team West Regional.
- This past season, the Toreros turned in four top-five showings with a best of 2nd place (15 teams) at their own USD/Callaway Golf Invitational. They also placed 3rd (15 teams) at the Fresno State Lexus Classic, 3rd (16 teams) at the 60th Annual Western Intercollegiates, and 4th (20 teams) at the UC Riverside/Braveheart Invitational.
- The Toreros are paced by sophomore Bucky Coe who boasts a team-best 73.38 stroke average.
- Coe carded a three-round score of 222 at the WCC Championships to tie for ninth place and earn All-WCC honorable mention status.
San Francisco Dons
- USF sophomore Jessica Potter carded a three-round score of 230 to tie for 37th place at the 2006 NCAA Women's Golf West Regional.
- Potter is just the third golfer in program history to qualify for a regional as an individual and the first since 2001 WCC Championship Medalist Emilie Arnaud accomplished the feat in 2000.
- San Francisco recorded a three-round team score of 877 to take second place at the WCC men's golf championship, marking its highest finish since 2002.
- The Don men landed three players on the All-WCC team in Ryan Gonzalez, Jesse Galvon, and Domingo Jojola.
H Four Don women earned All-WCC honors in Potter, Kristin Nichols, Sydney Roughton, and Eloise Vincencio.
Santa Clara Broncos
- The SCU men are heading to their first-ever NCAA Regional as the Broncos were named the 17th seed in the 27-team West Regional, which is set to take place May 18-20 at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort and Spa in Tucson, Ariz.
- First-year Head Coach Rob Miller was named the WCC Co-Coach of the Year with LMU's Alex Galvan.
- Senior Michael Nicoletti earned All-WCC honors, while fellow senior John Colyar, junior Eric Lillibridge and sophomore Tim Lynch all were named All-WCC honorable mention.
- The SCU women ended the 2005-06 season with their second-straight third-place performance at the WCC Championships.
- Megan Stoddart, a transfer from Hawai'i, earned All-WCC first team honors.