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Two Freshmen Lead Men's Golf At WCC Championships

April 16, 2007

Lompoc, CA - A pair of freshmen led the Saint Mary's golf team in the first day of competition at the West Coast Conference golf championships. Robert McRae and Daniel Cone posted 36-hole scores of 146 (+2) to lead the Gaels to scores of 295 and 296 for a total of 592 (+16) from the par-72, 7,105 yard La Purisima Golf Course. Pepperdine leads the team title by three shots over the Gaels and six shot ahead of San Francisco (+19).

Robert McRae opened the championship with four straight pars and then moved to two-under with birdies on the fifth and sixth holes. McRae would drop a stroke at the eighth with a bogey five on the 437-yard par four. After four straight pars, McRae fell to even par for the tournament with a bogey on the 13th, and then would drop two more strokes with bogeys on 16 and 17. A birdie three on the 18th had McRae in the house with an opening round 73 (+1) In Monday's afternoon round, McRae started with a bogey and then got back to even with a birdie on the par-four second. A bogey on the fourth was followed by five straight pars to close the afternoon front nine for a score of 37 to start the second round of the tournament. He continued the par streak through the 13th and birdied 14 to get to even par for the round. A bogey on 16 dropped McRae to 1-over par, where he would finish the round. McRae posted back-to-back rounds of 73 for a total of 146 (+2) in his first WCC Championship. McRae is tied for fourth with fellow Gael Daniel Cone.

Cone shot rounds of 72 and 74 on Monday

Freshman Daniel Cone, playing in his first WCC Championship as well, played a nearly flawless first round. Cone opened the tournament with an even-par round of 72 in the morning. Cone's round consisted of a birdie on the par-five sixth hole and a bogey on the par-five 15th. Other than those two marks on his scorecard, Cone carded 16 pars in the first 18 holes. In second round of the day, Cone bogeyed his second home and then bogeyed the par-five sixth, a hole he birdied in the morning round. Cone closed the front nine with a birdie on the par-three ninth to close the outward nine with a 1-over par 37. Following the birdie at nine, Cone pared 10-13 before getting back to even par for the round with a birdie-three at 14. A bogey on 16 and 18 gave Cone a second round score of 74 (+2) and a total of 146 (+2) for the tournament. Cone will enter Tuesday's final round tied for fourth place in the individual tournament.

Mike McRae opened the day with an even par round of 72 to lead all players after the first 18 holes. McRae opened the first two holes with back-to-back bogeys, but posted three straight birdies at four, five and six to get to one under par after six holes. Following four pars, McRae got to 3-under par with a birdie on 11 and a birdie on 13. He gave two shots back at 16 with a double bogey and then a bogey on 17 dropped him to even par for the round. In the second round, McRae opened with six straight pars before a double bogey at seven and nine. After posting a 39 on the front nine, McRae recovered by shooting 1-under par on the back nine. A bogey on 10 dropped McRae to 5-over for the round, but birdies on 11 and 12 had the junior to 3-over for the round. A bogey on the par-three 17th was followed by a birdie on 18 as McRae finished at 1-under on the back nine for a score of 75 for the second 18 holes. McRae finished one shot behind Cone and brother Robert McRae heading into Tuesday's final round. Mike McRae is currently tied for eighth overall.

Josh Kelley started the day with back-to-back pars and then bogeyed the third hole to drop a stroke to par. He then bogeyed five, and closed the opening nine with a bogey nine to shot 39 on the front nine. After posting four bogeys to start the back nine, Kelley's only birdie in the first round came on the par-four 14th hole, but was washed out by bogeys on 15, 16 and 18. Kelley struggled as he opened the second, posting a bogey on three of the first five holes. Kelley settled down and posted five straight pars, and then bogeyed the par-four 11th. Six more pars followed and a birdie on 18 gave Kelley and even par score of 36 on the back nine, and a round of 75 (+3). Kelley finished the first day of the WCC Tournament with a 36-hole score of 153 (+9) and tied for 23rd overall.

Brett Mormann opened the day with a double bogey on the second and then bogeyed holes 4-6 to move to 5-over par. He then pared nine straight holes before a posting a bogey four on the par-3 17th hole and then double d the par-4 18th to finish the morning round at 8-over par. Mormann regrouped in the afternoon round, going out in 1-over par, four shots better than the morning front nine. After a bogey on the par-3 third, Mormann posted his first birdie of the tournament, with a three on the par-4 fourth. After four straight pars, Mormann bogeyed the par-3 ninth hole for a score of 37 on the front nine. Mormann birdied the par-four 10th to get to even par for the round, but bogeys on 11, 12, 15, 16 and 18 had Mormann in the clubhouse at 5-over par (77) for the second round. Mormann finished the 36-holes at 157 (+12) and tied for 33rd place heading into Tuesday's final round.

The Gaels will be paired with Pepperdine, San Francisco and Loyola Marymount for Tuesday's final round, which will begin at 10 am. The tournament's final round with begin at 9 am with Gonzaga, San Diego, Portland and Santa Clara teeing off first.