Oct. 2, 2007
Loveland, OH - The Saint Mary's men's golf team posted a fourth place finish at the Xavier Invitational on Tuesday afternoon. The Gaels shot rounds of 283-280-281 for a 54-hole score of 844, 20-under par. In the 20-team field, Saint Mary's finished three shots behind Marquette (841) and two shots behind Western Carolina and Campbell University. Josh Kelley finished tied for third overall with a score of 205 (-11).
Kelley's 54-hole tournament score of 205 marks his career-low and sets a Saint Mary's school record for the all-time lowest score in a 54-hole tournament. Kelley's 205 is one shot better than teammates Chadd Cocco and Mike McRae's previous best of 206. Kelley, who finished tied for third overall in the tournament, shot three rounds in red figures with rounds of 66-68-71. His opening round score of 66 (-6) marked his second lowest career round, and for the first time in his career, he posted all three rounds of a tournament under par.
Marquette, which held the lead at the end of the first day, shot a third round score of 8-under par 280 to hold onto its lead. Western Carolina shot 13-under par on Tuesday to jump from fifth place to tied second. Campbell was the first round leader at 278, but after a 1-under par second round, the Camels were in fourth place entering the final round. Campbell shot 278 in the final round to jump the Gaels and tie WCU for second place.
Sophomore Daniel Cone posted the best final round score for Saint Mary's with a 5-under par score 67, marking his second career round in the 60s and his second lowest career round. Cone finished the tournament tied for 14th place, following rounds of 73-71-67 for a career-low 54-hole total of 211 (-5).
Robert McRae posted his fifth career top-20 finish with a score of 3-under par 213. McRae finished the tournament with a 1-over par round of 73 on Tuesday, which followed Monday rounds of 72 and 68. The score of 213 was also a career-best for the sophomore.
Mike McRae shot in red figures on Tuesday, with a final round score of 70. The 2-under par round got McRae to red figures for the tournament, as he ended the second tournament of the season with a 1-under par total of 215 and a tied for 28th place finish. McRae shot rounds of 72 and 73 on Monday.
Chadd Cocco rounded out the Gaels' team scoring with a final round score of 1-over par 73. Cocco, who shot rounds of 74 and 73 on Monday, finished tied for 49th overall with a 4-over par score of 220. Richard Conlin was playing as an individual and finished tied for 62nd place. Conlin had rounds of 75 and 71 on Monday and closed the event with a 4-over par 76 for a 6-over par 222 finish.
Saint Mary's will return to action next week in the Alister Mackenzie Invitational host by California. The tournament will be played at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, CA on Monday and Tuesday, October 8-9.