April 12, 2007
The men's golf team will look for an automatic NCAA West Regional bid when they compete in the WCC Championships Monday and Tuesday at La Purisima Golf Course.
The Dons, who have battled through an injury plagued season, will be looking to win the WCC Championships, guaranteeing them a spot in the West Regional.
"After a strong start to the season," said head coach Gary Nelson. "Injuries have taken a toll on our team, which has led to a drop in our ranking. We need to win the WCC Championship in order to get a bid to the Regional competition."
After placing second last year behind champion LMU, the Dons will face tough competition again from the Lions, along with St Mary's, Pepperdine and San Diego for the coveted top spot.
"The first day pairings (for the WCC Championships) are based off of last year's results," said Nelson. "We get the chance to open against LMU and Santa Clara, which is a favorable draw for us from a competitive standpoint."
Competing for the Dons will be senior Taylor Hobin, junior Kenny Adams, freshman Chris Cunningham and sophomores Jesse Galvon and Domingo Jojola. The alternates for the team will be freshmen Connor McElyea and Thomas Buran.
Last year the Dons entered the WCC Championship with a higher stroke average from their top eight players compared to this season's stroke average from their top eight, which gives the Dons a needed boost of confidence before they tee off on Monday.
"With such a young team this season and all of the injuries we faced, we had a chance to play every athlete in at least two collegiate tournaments," said Nelson. "There were tournaments that we played three freshmen and some where we played three sophomores, so that gives me a lot of confidence heading into the WCC and more confidence going into next season."
For complete results from the WCC Championships please check back at www.usfdons.com following the completion of play on Monday and Tuesday.