April 17, 2007
(Lompoc, CA) - The USD men's golf team shot a final round team score of 297, the best of the day, to move up three spots in the final round and place 2nd overall at the 2007 West Coast Conference Championships. The Toreros shot a three-round team score 898 over the La Purisima Golf Course (par 72; 7,105 yards) in Lompoc, California. Pepperdine edged out the Toreros by just five strokes (893) to take home the team title. The second place showing is USD's best finish under 4th-year head coach Tim Mickelson, and matches the program's best finish in the WCC Championships. This marks the sixth time USD has finished in 2nd place, and the first time since the 1998 season. USD had three players finish in the top-10 - Darrin Hall (5th at 221; 74-72-75), Dale Smith (6th at 222; 75-74-73), and Michael Barry (t9th at 225; 79-74-72).
"We came here with hopes of winning the championship, but to start the day in 5th place and finish second is pretty good," said fourth-year head coach Tim Mickelson. "We had a strong spring season and in our last five tournaments turned in two seconds, a fourth place finish, and two fifth place showings. I just don't know if that is going to be good enough to get us in the post-season. We do know that we have this program moving in the right direction."
LMU's Brian Locke fired back-to-back 69's over the final two rounds to finish at 215 (-1 under par) and win medalist honors. Runner-up honors went to Lion teammate Jason D'Amore who finished at 217 (+1 over par). Pepperdine's Eric Shriver placed 3rd at 218 (+2), while Robert McRae of Saint Mary's placed 4th at 220 (+4). Rounding out USD's team was Joe Panzeri (t27 at 234; 77-78-79) and Bucky Coe (t30th at 235; 77-81-77). Following Pepperdine and USD in the team scoring was LMU (3rd at 901), Saint Mary's (4th at 904), San Francisco (t5th at 906), Santa Clara (t5th at 906), Gonzaga (7th at 921) and Portland (8th at 930).