April 17, 2007
Lompoc, CA - The Saint Mary's men's golf team posted a final round score of 312 at the 2007 West Coast Conference Championships and fell from first place to fourth place in the conference tournament. The Gaels posted rounds of 295-297-312 for a 54-hole total of 904 (+40).
Saint Mary's held a three-shot lead over Pepperdine and San Francisco heading into the final round, but with a final round score of 312 (+24) the Gaels dropped to fourth place behind tournament champion Pepperdine (892), second place San Diego (898), and third place Loyola Marymount (901). For the second straight year, LMU's Brian Locke won took home medalist honors at the WCC Championships.
The Gaels' top finisher was freshman Robert McRae, as he finished fourth overall in the tournament. McRae posted the lowest round of the day by a Gael, shooting a final round score of 74 (+2) at the par 72, 7,105-yard La Purisima Golf Course. McRae posted back-to-back rounds of 73 on Monday and finished the tournament at 220 (+4), five shots off the pace of Locke and three shots behind Jason D'Amore of LMU and Eric Shriver of Pepperdine..
The remaining players for Saint Mary's struggled during Tuesday's final round. Both Daniel Cone and Mike McRae shot SMC's next best score of 7-over par 79 and Josh Kelley and Brett Mormann posted rounds in the 80s. Cone shot even par over the first nine holes on Tuesday, but posted five bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine to finish with a 79. Cone finished the 54-hole event at 9-over par for a total of 225 (+9) and finished tied for ninth overall.
Mike McRae entered the final round tied for seventh place, following rounds of 72 and 75 on Monday. After shooting 39 (+3) through nine holes on Tuesday, a birdie on 10 had McRae at 2-over par through 12 holes. He bogeyed 13 and 15 before posted a double bogey on 16 and a bogey on 17 to finish the back nine with a 40 and a final round score of 79 (+7).
Josh Kelley also struggled down the stretch of the final round, as he closed the WCC Championships with an 80 (+8) Kelley was at 2-over par through 14 and then triple bogeyed the par-5 15th, and then bogeyed 17 and 18 to finish with at 8-over par for the day and 17-over par for the tournament. Brett Mormann rounded out the Gaels scoring on Tuesday with a round of 83 for a 54-hole total of 240 (+40) and a 35th place finish.