April 10, 2006
Pebble Beach, CA - The Saint Mary's golf team ended Day 1 of the Saint Mary's/Merrill Lynch Invitational in a tie for ninth place on Monday night after shooting 611 through 36 holes at Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach, CA. The SMC/Merrill Lynch Invitational features 19 teams and will conclude with 18 holes on Tuesday.
Saint Mary's shot 309 in the first round Monday morning and ended the afternoon round with a team total of 302. Xavier leads the tournament after 36 holes with a team total of 593. Lamar University is a close second after posting a 394 total.
The Gaels were led by junior Chadd Cocco, who posted a 77 and 74 on Monday, finishing the day tied for 23 with teammate Brett Mormann. Mormann also shot a 77 and 74 in the first and second rounds to finish seven shots over par.
Fresno State's Jason Anthony finished as the first day individual leader, posting a 70 and 73 for a 143 total. Anthony stands 1-under on the par 72 course.
Barry Schenk of Weber State stands in second place with a 145 total and five players are tied in third after shooting 147 after two rounds.
The Saint Mary's/Merrill Lynch Invitational will conclude on Tuesday with the third and final round beginning at 7:30 a.m. The final groups of the tournament are scheduled to tee off at 9:30 a.m. at Poppy Hills.