Oct. 26, 2007
Long Beach, CA - The Saint Mary's men's golf team posted a final round score of 7-under par, 277 to finish the Del Walker Intercollegiate in third place out of 12 teams with a 54-hole score of 844. The Gaels entered the final round tied for sixth place following rounds of 283 and 284 on Thursday. SMC finished three shots off the pace of Colorado State and two shots behind second place Pacific.
In the final round, the Gaels used three scores in red figures and an even par round to post a 7-under score of 277 on Friday. The 277 by Saint Mary's was the lowest round of the day by four shots over Colorado State's round of 281. Houston and Pacific entered the final round tied for first at 560. After a round of 286, Saint Mary's jumped Houston, but could not make of eight shots on the Tigers.
Highlighting the Gaels' round on Friday was the play of Mike McRae and Chadd Cocco, who both shot rounds of 3-under par 68. McRae rebounded from an opening round 79, to shot 71 and 68 in his final 36 holes. Cocco, who opened the tournament with a 69, followed that with a 75 in Thursday's afternoon 18. Cocco finished tied for 14th and McRae finished tied for 38th overall.
Sophomore Richard Conlin carded the Gaels' third best round on Friday with a 1-under par 70 at the Par-71 Virginia Country Club. After rounds of 75 and 78 on Thursday, Conlin gave the Gaels a boost with his under par round on Friday. Conlin would finish tied for 56th in his second tournament of the season.
SMC's fourth score of the day came from sophomore Daniel Cone who posted an even-par 71 on Friday. Cone improved with each round, shooting rounds of 74, 73 and 71 in the tournament. His 54-hole score of 219 (+6) was good for 41st place overall.
Josh Kelley posted his second top-10 finish of the season with a 54-hole score of 210 (-3), posting a tie for seventh place. Kelley entered the final round in third place after rounds on 70 and 68, but a 1-over par round of 72 dropped the senior four spots.
Although Robert McRae did not post a countable number for the Gaels, he played well en route to a 1-over par 72 on Friday. The sophomore finished the two-day event with an even par total of 213, and tied for 16th place.
Saint Mary's will complete its Fall schedule on November 5-7 at the Hawaii Fall Intercollegiate at the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu, Hawaii.