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Pepperdine women's golf captures 12th consecutive West Coast Conference title

April 17, 2013

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BREMERTON, Wash. -- For the 14th time in 16 years, the Pepperdine women's golf team captured the 2013 West Coast Conference Golf championship. Waves' junior Grace Na captured her second individual title in three years. The Saint Mary's men captured their second consecutive WCC title with a two-stroke victory over San Francisco. San Diego sophomore Grant Forrest is the 2013 individual champion, becoming the second Torero in three years to top the men's leaderboard (Alex Ching, 2011*).

The Waves shot a +19 over 54 holes to win the women's title by 17 strokes over Gonzaga. Both Gonzaga and Pepperdine shot a 301 on Wednesday's final day of competition. Third place BYU turned in a three-day score of 928, including a score of 307 on Wednesday.

Grace Na, the women's individual champion, is the WCC Player of the Year for the third consecutive time. Gonzaga's Raychelle Santos, who shot a 71-73-71-215 at the 2013 Championship to finish just two strokes off of Na's pace, is the WCC Freshman of the Year. Gonzaga's Brad Rickel is the Coach of the Year, his third time receiving the honor.

The Gaels, who paced the men's side for the first two days of competition, had their lead taken away by San Francisco in the final round on Wednesday, but were able to prevail. SMC shot a three-day total of 872, just two strokes better than USF's 874. BYU, Gonzaga, and San Diego tied for third with a team score of 880.

Forrest, the 2013 individual champion, shot a 74-67-69-210 (-6) to finish four strokes ahead of Gonzaga's James Fahy. BYU senior Zac Blair and Saint Mary's Ben Geyer were named the 2013 Co-Player of the Year. The two seniors tied for seventh at the 2013 tournament with a total score of 217 (+1). Gonzaga's Sean Walsh, who finished third and was five shots off the leaderboard is the Freshman of the Year. SMC's Scott Hardy is the Coach of the Year for the second time in a row.

The 2013 WCC all-conference awards are below. For tournament video recaps, interviews, highlights and more, visit the Championship Central link on WCCsports.com.

West Coast Conference Golf Championships - Team Standings
Final Results
Men's Standings
1. Saint Mary's 872 (+8)
2. San Francisco 874 (+10)
T3. San Diego 880 (+16)
T3. BYU 880 (+16)
T3. Gonzaga 880 (+16)
6. Pepperdine 881 (+17)
7. Loyola Marymount 892 (+28)
8. Santa Clara 904 (+40)

Women's Standings
1. Pepperdine 883 (+19)
2. Gonzaga 900 (+36)
3. BYU 928 (+64)
4. Santa Clara 940 (+76)
5. San Francisco 965 (+101)
6. CSU Bakersfield 1018 (+154)

Co-Players of the Year
Zac Blair, Sr., BYU; Ben Geyer, Sr., Saint Mary's

Freshman of the Year
Sean Walsh, Gonzaga

Coach of the Year
Scott Hardy, Saint Mary's


Player Yr. School
Zac Blair Sr. BYU
Jonathan De Los Reyes So. Saint Mary's
James Fahy So. Gonzaga
Grant Forrest So. San Diego
Justin Keiley Jr. BYU
Mac McClung Sr. Saint Mary's
Cory McElyea Jr. San Francisco
Tyler Torano Jr. Loyola Marymount
Taylor Travis Sr. San Francisco
Sean Walsh Fr. Gonzaga

Jobim Carlos, San Francisco; Gio Gandionco, Santa Clara; Cody McManus, Pepperdine; Taylor Schmidt, San Diego

Player of the Year
Grace Na, Jr., Pepperdine

Freshman of the Year
Raychelle Santos, Gonzaga

Coach of the Year
Brad Rickel, Gonzaga


Player Yr. School
Liv Cheng Jr. Pepperdine
Alina Ching So. Pepperdine
Marissa Chow Fr. Pepperdine
Victoria Fallgren Sr. Gonzaga
Lea Garner Fr. BYU
Balbina Guajardo Sr. Santa Clara
Alice Kim So. Gonzaga
Grace Na Jr. Pepperdine
Raychelle Santos Fr. Gonzaga
Han Wu So. Gonzaga

Taylor Camany, Santa Clara; Annika Kahaiali'i, BYU; Peppiina Kaija, San Francisco; Amanda Keith, BYU; Somin Lee, Pepperdine; Ashley Noda, Santa Clara; Monique Riley, Santa Clara

* - San Francisco's Taylor Travis defeated Ching in a playoff to win the 2011 WCC individual title.