Nov. 6, 2007
Oahu, HI - On Tuesday, the Saint Mary's men's golf team 12-under par at the Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort to move up two spots at the Hawaii Fall Intercollegiate. The Gaels entered the second round in sixth place, and after shooting a score of 271 on Tuesday, SMC will enter Wednesday's final round tied for fourth place in the 21-team event.
For the second straight day, all five Saint Mary's golfers posted rounds under par. At the par 73, 7,218 yard Palmer Course, the Gaels used a pair of 4-under par rounds by seniors Chadd Cocco and Mike McRae to move up in the team standings. Cocco followed up a Monday 68 with a 69 for a 36-hole total of 137 and is currently tied for eighth place with fellow Gael Daniel Cone.
Mike McRae shot a 1-under par 71 at Turtle Bay's Fazio Course on Monday, and then responded on Tuesday with a 4-under 69 on Tuesday. McRae entered the second round tied for 60th, and moved up to a tie for 32nd as he enters the final round on Monday.
Cone shot a career-low round o f 65 on Monday, and with his 72 (-1) on Tuesday, he dropped four places into a tie for eighth with a score of 137 (-8). Robert McRae shot 2-under at the difficult Palmer Course, and with is 70 on Monday he is in 37th place overall. Josh Kelley is currently in a tie for 50th place overall after rounds of 70 and 72 for a two-day total of 142 (-3).
Saint Mary's is 16 shots off the 36-hole pace set by the University of Tennessee who leads the 21-team event by 11 shots over second place UC Irvine. The University of Texas at Arlington is three shots ahead of the Gaels at 551 and SMC is tied for fourth with Baylor and UNLV. Against WCC foes in the tournament, SMC holds a two-shot advantage over Pepperdine, a five-shot lead over Loyola Marymount, a 25-shot lead over San Diego, and a 32-shot margin over San Francisco.
The final round of the tournament will be played at Turtle Bay's Fazio Course on Wednesday, completing the 54-hole event.