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WCC Teams Prepare For Golf Championships

April 13, 2007

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April 16-17, 2007
La Purisima Golf Course - Lompoc, Calif.

The West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Golf Championships will be held at the La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, CA. The two-day event will take place on Monday, April 16 through Tuesday, April 17th. This season marks the 40th annual men's championship and the 11th annual women's championship. Last season, the Pepperdine women's golf team captured its fifth consecutive WCC Championship, while the Loyola Marymount men took home the first conference golf championship in program history. The Lions and the Waves were led by a pair of freshmen as Brian Locke and Jayvie Agojo earned individual medalist honors in leading their respective teams to the conference titles.


With Honors
The WCC welcomes back several of the conference's top golfers from the 2006 season. Eight of the 11 women's golfers who earned All-WCC honors last season return to their respective teams, while seven of the 10 men's top golfers return in 2007. Below are the student-athletes who earned All-WCC last season with the returning players in bold.

2006 Women's All-Conference Team
Jayvie Agojo, Pepperdine
Leanne Bowditch, Pepperdine

Marina Choi, Pepperdine
Kristin Nichols, San Francisco
Jessica Potter, San Francisco
Carolina Llano, Pepperdine
Mary Kate Morgan, Gonzaga
Sydney Roughton, San Francisco
Megan Stoddart, Santa Clara
Eileen Vargas, Pepperdine
Eloise Vincencio, San Francisco

Honorable Mention
Molly Edmunds, POR; Casey Gee, USF; Lacey Jo Manwaring, GON
; Candice Palmer, SCU; Samantha Trask, SCU

2006 Men's All-Conference Team
Chadd Cocco, Saint Mary's

Alex Coe, Pepperdine
Jason D'Amore, Loyola Marymount
Josh Escobedo, Loyola Marymount
Jesse Galvon, San Francisco
Ryan Gonzalez, San Francisco
Domingo Jojola, San Francisco
Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount
Mike McRae, Saint Mary's
Michael Nicoletti, Santa Clara

Honorable Mention
Bucky Coe, USD
; Michael Baird, PEP; John Colyar, SCU; Matt Jacobsen, POR; Eric Lillibridge, SCU; Tim Lynch, SCU


Gonzaga Bulldogs
- The Gonzaga women will be led by senior Mary Kate Morgan and junior Lacey Jo Manwaring. Morgan, who is the only golfer in program history to win a major tournament tied for third at least year's championship to earn All-WCC honors.

- Morgan took home her second career medalist honor earlier this season, taking the individual title at the Bobcat Desert Classic on March 14th.

- At last year's men's championship, the Zags were led by Jimmy Hayes who carded a three-round score of 226 to tie for 16th place.

- The Bulldog men are looking to improve upon last year's eighth place finish. Their best finish at the WCC Championships is a sixth place showing at the 2003 event.

- The 2003 championship also marked the women's top showing with a 3rd place finish.

Loyola Marymount Lions
- Loyola Marymount sophomore Brian Locke continues to stake claim as one of the top golfers in the nation as he won his fifth tournament, the Cuesta Title/Cal Poly Intercollegiate, of his young career to end March. With the win, he was named the West Coast Conference Golfer of the Month for March.

- As a freshman last year, Locke captured individual medalist at the WCC Championships and led the Lions to their first-ever conference title. The Los Angeles, CA native fired a final round 64 to tie a WCC and program record.

- LMU finished with three players in the top five at last year's championship as Jason D'Amore and Josh Escobedo finished in a tie for fourth with three-round scores of 219. For their efforts, D'Amore and Escobedo joined Locke on the All-WCC first team.

- An LMU golfer has taken home three of the last four WCC Freshman of the Year honors.

Pepperdine Waves
- The Wave women took home their fifth consecutive WCC Championship last season and their eighth overall. Last season, the Pepperdine men's golf team had its string of seven straight WCC titles snapped. The Waves have won 11 of the last 13 WCC Championships and 15 overall.

- The Wave women are No. 4 in the most recent Golfweek rankings, while the men are ranked No. 40.

- The Pepperdine women have finished in the top five in every tournament that they have competed in this season, including taking home the team title at the prestigious Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in February.

- Former Pepperdine All-American Michael Putnam was the last men's golfer to take home the individual title, taking home the honor in 2003.

Portland Pilots
- The Portland women's golf team placed fifth at last year's WCC Championship, while the UP men finished sixth.

- The Pilot men are one of the five current WCC teams to have captured the golf championship, taking home the conference title in 1993 and 1985.

- Portland's women's golf team finished a program-best third at the 2002 championships.

- Senior Jake Easterly leads the Pilots with a 74.31 stroke average, while fellow senior Kevin Beavers is right behind him with a 74.50 average.

- Junior Kristen Howell paces the Pilots with a 76.11 stroke average.

- Junior Molly Edmunds earned All-WCC honorable mention status last season.

Saint Mary's Gaels
- The Saint Mary's men's golf team finished fourth at last year's WCC Championship. The Gaels' fourth place showing marked the fifth straight season they have finished in the top half of the conference.

- The Gaels finished the regular season with a tie for eighth place at the 18-team Ogio-Pacific Coast Intercollegiate. Junior Mike McRae fired a season-low 67 in the final round to tie for seventh place. It marked his fifth top-10 finish of the year.

- McRae, who owns a 72.3 stroke average, which is the best on the team and is the third best single-season stroke average in program history, earned All-WCC first team honors last season after tying for fourth place at the WCC Championship

- The Gaels look to get over the hump in 2007. Saint Mary's best showing at the WCC Championship was a pair of second place finishes in 2004 and 2005.

San Diego Toreros
- The USD men's golf team shot a final round team score of 282 to finish at 845, good for fifth place in the 18-team Ogio-Pacific Coast Intercollegiate to wrap up the regular season. The fifth place showing was the Toreros' fifth top five finish of the season.

- Sophomore Darrin Hall leads the Toreros with a 72.17 stroke average and has four top five finishes this season. In 30 rounds this season, Hall has fired a team-leading 15 rounds of par or better.

- Junior Bucky Coe earned All-WCC honorable mention status at last year's WCC Championship. Coe ranks second on the team with a 72.83 stroke average

- The Toreros have never won the WCC Championship, but have finished second on five occasions, the last in 1998.

San Francisco Dons
- San Francisco took home second place in both the men's and the women's event at last year's WCC Championship.

- The Don women are the only team other than Pepperdine to win a WCC Championship (2001, 1997), while the USF men have won eight WCC titles, the last coming in 1990.

- The Don women return three All-WCC first team performers in seniors Kristin Nichols and Eloise Vincencio and junior Jessica Potter, while the USF men return two all-conference first team members in sophomores Jesse Galvon and Domingo Jojola.

- The USF women have never finished below second place at the WCC Championships with two championships and eight runner-up results.

- The Don men have finished second 10 times, the most in the event's history.

Santa Clara Broncos
- Santa Clara finished third in both the men's and the women's WCC Championships last season.

- The third place showing tied the best final result for the Bronco women as they have finished third six times. The Santa Clara men have captured two WCC Championships over the years, the last coming in 1998.

- The Bronco men wrapped up the regular season by tying for 20th place at the Cowboy Classic on April 10th, while the Santa Clara women capped the regular season with a 12th place showing at the Peg Barnhard California Collegiate on April 7th.

- Senior Megan Stoddart earned All-WCC honors in her first season at Santa Clara, tying for seventh at last year's WCC Championship. Stoddart played her first two seasons at the University of Hawai'i.