March 13, 2007
Pauma Valley, CA - The Saint Mary's men's golf team captured the title at the USF Triumph at Pauma Valley with scores of 283-290-280 for a total score of 853 (+1) at the Pauma Valley Country Club on Tuesday. Junior Mike McRae posted a final round 69 (-2) and took home medalist honors for the first time in his career.
Saint Mary's entered the final round of the tournament with a one-shot lead over No. 29 Wisconsin. Playing against the Badgers on Tuesday, the Gaels were 12 shots better than Wisconsin, which finished third overall. Notre Dame posted a final round score of 285 (+1) and finished in second place. Saint Mary's score of 853 (+1) was 10 shots better than Notre Dame and 13 shots better than Wisconsin.
McRae entered the final round tied for third place at 2-under par, and entered the final three holes of the event two shots behind Wisconsin's Pat Duffy. After Duffy bogeyed the 16th, McRae went on to eagle the par-5 17th, and birdied the par-4 18th hole to win the tournament by two shots over Duffy and Darrin Hall of San Diego. McRae shot rounds of 70-70-69 at the par-71, 7,077-yard Pauma Valley Country Club. The score of 209 marks the lowest 54-hole score for McRae and the seventh lowest total for a Saint Mary's golfer.
McRae's final round 69 (-2) was the second lowest score of the final round. Only fellow Gael Daniel Cone posted a lower round, as he shot the round of the day with a 5-under par 66.Cone and McRae were the only two players to shoot in the 60s on Tuesday, when the average score for the round was 75.6.
Robert McRae entered the final round tied with Mike McRae for third place and shot a final round score of 75 (+4) to post a seventh place finish, the first top-10 finish of his young career. Robert posted rounds of 69 and 71 on Monday and entered the final round at 2-under. McRae carded one birdie and five bogeys in the final round.
Brett Mormann carded a 1-over par round of 72 on Tuesday, which was the third best round of the day for Saint Mary's. Mormann finished tied for 25th overall after rounds of 74 and 75 on Monday. Josh Kelley's 73 (+2) round on Tuesday marked the final scoring round of the day for the Gaels, to help SMC shoot the lowest round of the day at 280 (-4). Saint Mary's was the only team to shot under par on Tuesday.
In the field of 16 teams, Saint Mary's played better than four schools from the West Coast Conference. San Diego finished fourth (866), Loyola Marymount was ninth (893), Santa Clara was 11th (900) and USF finished tied for 12th (903).
Saint Mary's will return to the links on Monday and Tuesday, March 19-20 when the Gaels compete in the Western Intercollegiate hosted by San Jose State at the Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, CA.