April 17, 2006
COPPEROPOLIS, Calif. - Gonzaga University's Jimmy Hayes had the best Bulldog effort through the first 36 holes of the West Coast Conference Men's Golf Championship on Monday and is tied for 17th heading into Tuesday's final 18 holes.
Hayes shot 74-77 for a 151 over the 6,826-yard, par 72 Saddle Creek Golf Course layout. Bowdy Ehler of the Bulldogs shot 78-75 for 153 to tie for 24th.
The Bulldogs, who matched perennial WCC powerhouse Pepperdine University with a 304 in the first round, finished the day at 614 for last place in the eight-team event, one stroke behind the University of San Diego.
Loyola Marymount University (585), Santa Clara University (588) and the University of San Francisco (590) seem to be positioned to battle for the team title.
Michael Nicoletti of SCU is the individual leader at 143 after rounds of 70-73, good for a one-stroke leaver over the University of Portland's Matt Jacobson heading into Tuesday's finale.
"We matched Pepperdine in the first round and they have been the benchmark program in this conference," Gonzaga head coach Robert Gray said. "But we're far from satisfied. We'll come out and battle hard to improve our position on Tuesday."