April 25, 2008
On the heels of their 2008 West Coast Conference team championship, the Toreros received some national recognition today. Golfweek.com named USD the men's collegiate team of the week. Fifth year head coach Tim Mickelson guided his Toreros to the program's first ever West Coast Conference Championship. With the title the Toreros earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Regionals (May 15-17). This marks the second trip to the NCAA's in the last three years for the Toreros. USD's team total of 888 was four strokes better than both Pepperdine and Saint Mary's College. Junior Jake Yount won the WCC individual championship with a sudden death playoff victory as he shot a 218 (73-71-74) over the two-day, three-round event. He is USD's first champion since 1998 (Patrick Hawkins), and third overall. Junior Darrin Hall, who finished just one stroke back of Yount at 219, shot a course record 66 in the first round of the WCC Championships. Hall, who led the team in scoring this season (73.53), joined Yount on the 2008 All-WCC First Team. Dale Smith was WCC honorable mention, and Mickelson earned his second WCC Coach of the Year honor.
The Toreros turned in a strong 2007-08 season where they finished in the top five in five events: WolfPack Classic (3rd place), USD Callaway Invitational (2nd place), Barona Collegiate Cup (3rd place), Robert Moore Invitational (5th place) and WCC Championships (1st place). At Barona they placed ahead of 5th-ranked Oklahoma State, marking the first time a USD golf team had beaten a top-10 national program. Junior Blake Trimble was named the WCC Golfer of the Month for March. He averaged 71.2 strokes for nine rounds at three tournaments with two top-10 individual performances (5th & 6th place). For the year Trimble ranks second on the team with his 73.72 scoring average.