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Dons Twelfth after 36 Holes of St. Mary's/Merrill Lynch Invitational

April 11, 2006

Pebble Beach, CA - The USF men's golf team ended Day 1 of the Saint Mary's/Merrill Lynch Invitational in a tie for 12th place on Monday night after shooting 616 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.

USF shot a first round 312 in the morining and improved to a 304 in the afternoon. Xavier leads the tournament after 36 holes with a team total of 593. Lamar University is a close second after posting a 394 total.

Domingo Jojola paced the Dons with a 77-75, 152 tying him for 28th and was followed by Jesse Galvon's 78-76, 154.

Rounding out the scoring for the Dons were Taylor Hobin (155), Kurt Nino (155) and Ryan Gonzalez (156).

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.