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Pepperdine Men Tied for Second at WCC Championships

April 16, 2007

Lompoc, Calif. - Junior Eric Shriver carded rounds of 73-71 for a 54-hole score of even-par 144 and is currently tied for first place after the opening day of the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships that began Monday at the par-72, 7,105-yard La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, California.

Shriver, who is tied with Jason D'Amore of Loyola Marymount, led the Waves to a two-round total of 19-over par 595 and into a tie with San Francisco for second place heading into Tuesday's final round. Saint Mary's has the second-round lead after posting scores of 295-297 for a 16-under par score of 592.

Pepperdine is looking to rebound after placing fifth at the 2006 WCC Champions, the first time since 1988 that the Waves did not finish first. Since Pepperdine won its first WCC title in 1987, the Waves have never gone back-to-back seasons without finishing first and have captured the championship 15 times.

Defending champion Loyola Marymount is in fourth place with a 24-over par total of 600 and San Diego rounds out the top five with a score of 25-over par 601.

Shriver and Loyola Marymount hold a two-shot lead over three players tied for third with 2-over par totals of 146.

Freshman Carl Smith is tied for 10th at 5-over par 149 while junior Jesse Barnsley (152) is tied for 18th and rookie Shane Mason (154) is among a group of four players tied for 23rd. Junior Colin Wilcox was disqualified after the first round.

The tournament concludes Tuesday and can be followed live on the Internet at www.Golfstat.com.

1. Saint Mary's (295-297 - 592)
T2. Pepperdine (296-299 - 595)
T2. San Francisco (300-295 - 595)
4. Loyola Marymount (307-293 - 600)
5. San Diego (303-298 - 601)
6. Santa Clara (303-301 - 604)
7. Gonzaga (307-302 - 609)
8. Portland (314-303 - 617)

T1. Eric Shriver (73-71 - 144)
T10. Carl Smith (75-74 - 149)
T18. Jesse Barnsley (75-77 - 152)
T23. Shane Mason (77-77 - 154)
- Colin Wilcox (D-73 - D)