April 17, 2007
Lompoc, Calif.- The Pepperdine men's and women's golf teams swept the West Coast Conference Golf Championships at La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, CA on Tuesday. The Wave women led from the opening round, shooting a 308 in Tuesday's final raound to finish with a score of 909, 21 strokes ahead of second place San Francisco. The Pepperdine men's squad posted a three-round score of 892, edging second place San Diego by six strokes and capturing the conference crown for the 16th time in championship history.
LMU's Brian Locke became the first golfer to claim two straight individual titles at the WCC Championships, shooting back-to-back rounds of 69 to finish with a one-under par 215. Locke edged teammate Jason D'Amore and Pepperdine's Eric Shriver for first place by two strokes, and four Wave golfers finished among the top-20 in the individual standings. Saint Mary's Robert McRae finished fourth with a 220 score, while San Diego's Darrin Hall and Dale Smith took fourth and fifth place with scores of 221 and 222, respectively. Saint Mary's Scott Hardy received WCC Coach of the Year honors, while Gonzaga's Brandon Crick was named as the WCC Freshman of the Year.
San Diego's (898) second place finish marked its highest since 1998, while LMU (901) snagged a third place finish after winning its first-ever WCC crown last season. Saint Mary's (904) finished in fourth place for the second straight year, and San Francisco (906) and Santa Clara (906) tied for fifth place. Gonzaga (921) and Portland (930) rounded out the field in seventh and eighth place, respectively.
Three Pepperdine golfers finished among the top four individuals on the women's side, led by Misun Cho. The freshman edged out teammate Eileen Vargas for individual medalist honors by shooting a 75 on Tuesday to wrap up a six-over par 222. Vargas, a four-time all-conference performer at the WCC Championships, finished second with a three-round score of 223, while San Francisco's Kristin Nichols finished in third place with a score of 227. Pepperdine Head Coach Laurie Gibbs was named the WCC Coach of the Year for the third straight season, while Cho received WCC Freshman of the Year honors.
San Francisco (930) notched its sixth straight second place finish in the women's tournament, while Gonzaga (963) placed third to match its best-ever finish. Santa Clara (964) finished fourth, and Portland (967) rounded out the women's standings in fifth place.
Player of the Year: Misun Cho, Pepperdine
Freshman of the Year: Misun Cho, Pepperdine
Coach of the Year: Laurie Gibbs, Pepperdine
2007 Women's All-Conference Team
Jayvie Agojo, Pepperdine
Leanne Bowditch, Pepperdine
Misun Cho, Pepperdine
Taryn Kuida, Portland
Nicole Montgomery, Pepperdine
Mary Kate Morgan, Gonzaga
Kristin Nichols, San Francisco
Jessica Potter, San Francisco
Christina Stockton, San Francisco
Eileen Vargas, Pepperdine
Kristin Howell, POR; Jamie Nonaka, SCU; Eloise Vincencio, USF; Hilaire Fouts, SCU; Stephanie Gelleni, PEP; Samantha Trask, SCU
Player of the Year: Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount
Freshman of the Year: Brandon Crick, Gonzaga
Coach of the Year: Scott Hardy, Saint Mary's
2007 Men's All-Conference Team
Mike Barry, San Diego
Jason D'Amore, Loyola Marymount
Darrin Hall, San Diego
Domingo Jojola, San Francisco
Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount
Michael McRae, SaInt Mary's
Robert McRae, Saint Mary's
Eric Shriver, Pepperdine
Dale Smith, San Diego
Jong Yoon, Santa Clara
Daniel Cone, SMC; Brandon Crick, GON; Trevor Loe, GON; Kevin Beavers, POR; Carl Smith, PEP