April 17, 2006
Copperopolis, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's golf team, winners of seven straight West Coast Conference (WCC) championships, finds itself in jeopardy of having that impressive streak snapped as it heads into Tuesday's final round of the WCC Championships that opened Monday at the par-72, 6,826-yard Saddle Creek Golf Course in Copperopolis, California.
After 36-holes of play, the Waves are in sixth place with a 27-over par score of 603, 18-shots behind second-round leader Loyola Marymount. The Lions carded rounds of 295-290 for a 9-over par total of 585 and hold a three-shot lead over Santa Clara (588).
San Francisco (590) is third and is followed by Portland (600), Saint Mary's (602), Pepperdine, San Diego (613) and Gonzaga (614).
The last time Pepperdine did not win the WCC Championships was 1998 when it finished fourth.
Michael Nicoletti of Santa Clara leads the individual standings with a 1-under par score of 143 and holds a one-shot advantage over Portland's Matt Jacobsen, who is at even-par 144. LMU's Josh Escobedo and Santa Clara's Eric Lillibridge are tied for third with one-over par scores of 145.
The tournament concludes Tuesday with the final 18 holes and can be followed live on the Internet at www.golfstat.com.
2006 WCC CHAMPIONSHIPS
1. Loyola Marymount (295-290 - 585)
2. Santa Clara (289-299 - 588)
3. San Francisco (298-292 - 590)
4. Portland (292-308 - 600)
5. Saint Mary's (297-305 - 602)
6. Pepperdine (304-299 - 603)
7. San Diego (307-306 - 613)
8. Gonzaga (304-310 - 614)