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Four From Golf Team Garner All-WCC Honors

April 18, 2007

San Bruno, CA - Following the conclusion of the 2007 West Coast Conference golf championships, four members of the Saint Mary's golf team garnered all-conference awards. Saint Mary's head coach Scott Hardy was named the WCC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career, Mike and Robert McRae earned First Team All-WCC honors, and Daniel Cone garnered honorable mention accolades.

For seventh-year head coach Scott Hardy, this year's WCC Coach of the Year award marks the third time in four years that Hardy has garnered the award, and the fourth time in six years. He was named tri-coach of the year in 2002 and 2005 and garnered WCC Coach of the Year honors in 2004 when SMC finished second at the WCC Championships, marking the best finish in the history of the program.

This year, the Gaels competed in 11 events and were the team champions at the Del Walker Intercollegiate and the USF Triumph at Pauma Valley. The Gaels were ranked in the top-100 in the nation all year, while playing with a line-up that consisted of three juniors and two freshmen, for most of the year. The Gaels completed the season with a 292.0 team stroke average, which marks the second lowest in school history. The starting five at the WCC Championships all had a stroke average below 75.

Mike McRae was named to the WCC First Team for the second straight year.

Mike McRae garnered his second straight First Team All-WCC award. McRae posted a 13th place finish at this year's WCC Championships and completed the season with a 72.6 stroke average, the lowest on the team, and is ranked 187 in the country. McRae won his first individual title when he shot 4-under par at the USF Triumph at Pauma Valley. He finished in the top-20 in nine of 11 events this year, was a top-10 finisher five times and posted one top-5 finish.

Robert McRae played his way onto the All-WCC First Team with his fourth place finish at the 2007 WCC Championships. McRae posted rounds of 73-73-74 to finish his first WCC Championship at 4-over par. McRae finished the year with a 74.0 stroke average, which is the best by any freshman in the history of the SMC golf program. McRae played in all 33 rounds as a freshman and finished in the top-20 seven times, the top-10 twice and the top-5 once. Along with Daniel Cone, the two freshmen ranked in the top-15 in the country for freshmen players contributing to their team.

Daniel Cone was named Honorable Mention All-WCC.

WCC Honorable Mention honoree Daniel Cone came on strong in his freshman season and finished the year with a stroke average of 74.5, which ranks third all-time for a freshman behind Robert and Mike McRae, respectively. Cone played in eight of 11 events this year and posted five top-20 finishes, two top-10 finishes and one top-5 finish. Cone entered the final round of the WCC Championships in third place with round of 72-74, but closed the tournament with a 79 and finished tied for ninth at 225 (+9).