DANVILLE, Calif. – Saint Mary’s ran away with the team and individual titles on a record-setting day at the 2016 West Coast Conference Championship Wednesday at Blackhawk Country Club. For the second straight day, the Gaels posted the low team and individual rounds taking a 23-shot victory against 2015 champion Pepperdine.
Saint Mary’s established WCC Championship records for both 54-hole team score at 25-under 839 and senior Jonathan De Los Reyes posted the lowest round by an individual en route to medalist honors at 19-under 197. The previous WCC 54-hole marks were set by Saint Mary’s with a team score of 844 in 2012 and Pepperdine All-American Michael Putnam shot a 203 (-13) in the 2003 event.
Pepperdine posted an impressive runner-up showing despite being without the services of its No. 2 player, freshman Sahith Theegala, who had to withdraw during Monday’s opening round with an injury. Without Theegala, the Waves weren’t able to throw out any scores, but managed the second lowest round of the final day at 7-under 281.
BYU finished third at 4-over, followed by San Diego (+8) and Gonzaga (+16) rounded out the top-five teams.
San Francisco’s Seb Crookall-Nixon (-8) posted a runner-up finish, which included a double-eagle on No. 9 in the final round. Santa Clara’s Hayden Shieh (-7) was third, while BYU’s Patrick Fishburn (-5) was fourth.
Three Gaels cracked the top-10 with Perry Cohen (T-5/-4) and Connor Blick (8th/-2) joining De Los Reyes. Santa Clara’s Michiel Eyre (-4) shared fifth while Pepperdine’s Frederick Wedel (-3) was seventh. Teammates Roy Cootes and Robert Geibel carded even pars for the Waves to share ninth place.
With the team title, Saint Mary’s recorded its third WCC Championship in the last five seasons. Pepperdine was the defending champion and has won 18 WCC titles, more than any other school. The Waves have finished first or second 23 of the last 30 years.
NCAA Regional bids will be announced on Thursday, May 5.
Team Standings: 1. Saint Mary’s 273-286-280=839; 2. Pepperdine 290-291-281=862; 3. BYU 292-291-285=868; 4. San Diego 288-296-288=872; 5. Gonzaga 293-302-285=880; 6. Santa Clara 286-310-285=881; 7. San Francisco 289-296-299=884; 8. Loyola Marymount 297-304-287=888; 9. Pacific 292-299-305=896.
Individual Leaders: 1. Jonathan De Los Reyes (Saint Mary’s) 64-67-66=197; 2. Seb Crookall-Nixon (San Francisco) 68-69-71=208; 3. Hayden Shieh (Santa Clara) 67-74-68=209; 4. Patrick Fishburn (BYU) 72-70-69=211; T5. Perry Cohen (Saint Mary’s) 70-73-69=212; T5. Michiel Eyre (Santa Clara) 70-76-66=212.