April 11, 2006
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Gonzaga University's woes continued Tuesday as the Bulldogs shot a final-round 324 and finished last in the 19-team field at the Saint Mary's College/Merrill Lynch Invitational men's golf tournament at Poppy Hills Golf Course.
The Bulldogs finished with a 54-hole score of 966 and had just one sub-80 round on Tuesday and just four for the tournament. Reyn Tanaka had a 79 on Tuesday over the 6,833-yard, par 72 layout to finish with a 237 after opening-day rounds of 77-81. He tied for 65th with five others. Trevor Loe had an 80 Tuesday to go with Monday's rounds of 81-78 for a 54-hole total of 239 and a three-way tie for 71st.
Lamar University took a 1-stroke victory over Xavier University with a 297 on Tuesday for a 54-hole score of 891. Xavier held a 1-stroke lead going into Tuesday's final round. Lamar (299-295-297) and Xavier (298-295-299) were the only schools to break 300 all three rounds.
Jason Anthony of Fresno State University and Oliver Bekker of Lamar tied for medalist honors at 218, Anthony winning the playoff by default. Anthony held a 2-stroke lead after Monday's 36-holes but had a final-round 75 while Bekker shot a 71 to come from four shots off the pace for the regulation tie.
Gonzaga will conclude the season at the West Coast Conference Championships at Saddle Creek Golf Course in Copperopolis, Calif., next Monday and Tuesday.