March 12, 2007
Pauma Valley, CA - The Saint Mary's men's golf team holds a one shot lead over No. 29 ranked Wisconsin after 36 holes at the USF Triumph at Pauma Valley golf tournament. Saint Mary's posted rounds of 283-289 for a total score of 572 on the first day of the tournament and lead the field of 16 teams heading into Tuesday's final round at the Pauma Valley Country Club.
Saint Mary's opened the day with a 1-under par score of 283 in the morning round. The round was highlighted by three Gaels posting sub par rounds. Freshman Robert McRae posted a 2-under score of 69 at the par-71, 7,077-yard Pauma Valley CC to lead the Gaels in the morning. Mike McRae and Josh Kelley followed Robert McRae with 1-under par rounds of 70, and Brett Mormann shot 74 (+3) to round out the morning scoring for the Gaels.
Saint Mary's entered the second round with a seven shot lead over Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbara and an eight shot lead over Wisconsin and Long Beach State. Wisconsin posted a 2-under par round of 282 to cut the Gaels lead to one shot heading into Tuesday's final round. Notre Dame finished the first day in third place with a score of 578, San Diego is in fourth place with 581, and Loyola Marymount rounds out the top-five with a score of 584 on Monday.
Both Robert and Mike McRae finished the first day of the USF Triumph invite tied for third place in the individual field with a 36-hole total of 140 (-2). After Robert shot an opening round score of 2-under 69, he closed the day with an even par round of 71. En route to his back-to-back rounds of 70, Mike McRae had a total of eight birdies and six bogeys in the two rounds. He had four birdies in each round.
In the morning round, Josh Kelley opened with a 1-under par 70 after opening the day 3-over par after five holes. Following a double bogey on the par-3 12th hole, Kelley birdied five of six holes to get to 2-under after 11 holes. Kelly would get to 3-under with a birdie at the fifth, and then bogeys on the sixth and seventh dropped him to 1-under for the round. Kelley finished the day with a 2-over par round of 73 in the afternoon. Kelley is currently tied for ninth place after 36 holes.
Brett Mormann completed the first day of the tournament with a 36-hole score of 149 (+7) after rounds of 74 and 75 on Monday. Freshman Daniel Cone had rounds of 77 and 75 on Monday and is currently tied for 48th place overall.
Saint Mary's try to capture the USF Triumph title with the final round 18 holes at the Pauma Valley Country Club on Tuesday morning.