Feb. 27, 2007
Rancho Santa Fe, CA - The Saint Mary's men's golf team posted rounds of 302 and 303 on Monday for a total of 605 and is in third place at the 27th Annual Anteater Invitational from the par-72, 6,876-yard Big Canyon Golf Club. Mike McRae posted rounds of 76 and 73 and his 36-hole scored of 149 (+5) is seventh overall and leads the Gaels.
Saint Mary's (+29) is nine shots behind UC Irvine after 36-hole holes of play. Host UC Irvine shot rounds of 296 and 202 for a score of 596 and leads Arizona by four shots. Arizona's rounds of 299 and 301 for a total of 600 put the Wildcats five shots ahead of the Gaels. San Francisco is one shot behind the Gaels, and UC Riverside rounds out the top five with a score of 611 after 36 holes.
Saint Mary's, which is playing the tournament with three freshman and two juniors, will look to make a run at the tip spot in Tuesday's final round. Freshman Daniel Cone, who is playing in his third tournament, posted rounds of 78 and 73 for a first-day score of 151 and is tied for 12th place. Fellow freshman Robert McRae is tied for 16th place after rounds of 75 and 78 (153).
Junior Josh Kelley posted the Gaels lowest first round score of 73, but followed that up with an 8-over par score of 81 in the second round for a score of 154 (+9) and he is tied for 20th overall. Richard Conlan, who is playing in his first collegiate tournament, had rounds of 85 and 79 and enters the final round on Tuesday in 47th place.