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Golf Finishes Fourth at WCC Championships

April 18, 2006

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Copperopolis, CA - The Saint Mary's men's golf team posted a final round score of 290 (+2) en route to a fourth place finish at the 2006 West Coast Conference Golf Championships from Saddle Creek Golf Course. The Gaels posted rounds of 297 and 305 on Monday and finished the 54-hole event with a score of 892 (+28), which was 20 strokes off the pace of Loyola Marymount's winning score of 872 (+6).

The Lions led the field after 36 holes and posted a final round score of 287 to hold of San Francisco, which also fired a 287 on Tuesday to move past Santa Clara for second place. The Broncos, who held the second spot after 36 holes, shot 298 for a total score of 886 to finish six shots ahead of the Gaels.

Mike McRae and Chadd Cocco finished the tournament in fourth and ninth place, respectively. McRae entered the final round tied for 10th, and shot 2-under par in the final round to move up six places. Following his overall score of 219 (+3), McRae was named to the WCC All-Conference Team.

Joining McRae on the all-conference team was junior Chadd Cocco, who makes his third appearance on the WCC-All Conference Team. Following an 81 to open the championship, Cocco shot 74 in Monday's afternoon round. Cocco continued to improve over the tournament and shot a 5-under par 67 to pace the Gaels on Tuesday.

Sophomore Josh Kelley posted a 4-over par round of 76 to finish the championship at 230 (+14) for a 27th place finish. Brett Mormann played another solid round as he posted a 77 (+5) on Tuesday. Mormann finished the tournament tied for 16th with a 54-hole score of 226 (+10). Rounding out the Gaels' final round scoring was freshman Hans Olson who posted a 79 (+7). Olson finished tied for 34th at 236 (+20).

LMU's Brian Locke took home medalist honors with a 54-hole score of 210 (-6) after posting the tournament's low round of 64 (-8) on Tuesday. USF's Ryan Gonzalez shot 67 on Tuesday for an overall score of 213 (-3) for second place and Santa Clara's Michael Nicoletti finished third at 218 (+2).