April 20, 2006
COPPEROPOLIS, Calif. - University of Portland sophomore Matt Jacobsen earned a top 10 finish and honorable mention All-West Coast Conference honors after leading the Pilots to a sixth-place showing at the 2006 WCC Men's Golf Championships held at Saddle Creek Golf Course. Jacobsen entered the final round in sole possession of second place, but slipped down the leaderboard with a final round 78.
Loyola Marymount (872) claimed the team championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Regional. San Francisco (877), Santa Clara (886), Saint Mary's (892) and Pepperdine (899) rounded out the top five. Portland shot a team score of 907, the lowest 54-hole score of the year for the Pilots, to finish ahead of San Diego (922) and Gonzaga (928).
LMU's Brian Locke ran away with individual medalist honors with a final round 64 (-8) and finished at 6-under par 210 for the tournament. San Francisco's Ryan Gonzalez was the only other under-par performer and finished at 3-under par 213.
Portland entered the final round in fourth place before being passed by Pepperdine, the highest rated team in the conference, and Saint Mary's.
The competitive golfing season is complete for the Pilots, but the University of Portland will host the 2006 NCAA Division-I Men's Golf Championships at Crosswater in Sunriver, Ore. on May 31-June 3. For information about the championship, click here.
WCC Men's Golf Championship - FINAL results
Saddle Creek Golf Course (Copperopolis, Calif.) - Par 72, 6,826 yards
Team Scores: 1. Loyola Marymount (872), 2. San Francisco (877), 3. Santa Clara (886), 4. Saint Mary's (892), 5. Pepperdine (899), 6. Portland (292-308-307--907), 7. San Diego (922), 8. Gonzaga (928).
Individual Leaders: 1. Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount (73-73-64--210, -6), 2. Ryan Gonzalez, San Francisco (76-70-67--213, -3), 3. Michael Nicoletti, Santa Clara (70-73-75--218, +2), T4. Four golfers tied at 219.
Portland Scores: T9. Matt Jacobsen (70-74-78--222, +6), T20. Joel Johnson (72-79-76---227, +11), T25. Aaron Anderson (76-77-76--229, +13), T32. John Marty (79-78-78--235, +19), T32. Jake Easterly (74-84-77--235, +19).
Player of the Year: Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount
Freshman of the Year: Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount
Co-Coaches of the Year: Alex Galvin, Loyola Marymount; Rob Miller, Santa Clara
2006 All-Conference Team
Chadd Cocco, Saint Mary'sAlex Coe, PepperdineJason D'Amore, Loyola MarymountJosh Escobedo, Loyola MarymountJesse Galvon, San FranciscoRyan Gonzalez, San FranciscoDomingo Jojola, San FranciscoBrian Locke, Loyola MarymountMike McRae, Saint Mary'sMichael Nicoletti, Santa Clara
Bucky Coe, USD; Michael Baird, PEP; John Colyar, SCU; Matt Jacobsen, POR; Eric Lillibridge, SCU; Tim Lynch, SCU