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WCC Teams Prep For NCAA Regionals

May 9, 2007

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WCC TEAMS PREP FOR NCAA REGIONALS

WOMEN'S GOLF - NCAA WEST REGIONAL - MAY 10-12
St. George, Utah - Brigham Young University
Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club

The Pepperdine and San Francisco women's golf teams were selected to participate in the NCAA West Regional held in St. George, Utah at the Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club on May 10-12. The Waves, the WCC champions, earned the No. 2 seed in the regional, while the Dons are the No. 12 seed. Pepperdine enters regional play seeking its eighth NCAA Championship appearance in the last nine years, while the Dons will make their sixth postseason appearance in the last seven years. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional. The championship finals will be held May 22-25 at the LPGA International Legends Course, Daytona Beach, Florida.

MEN'S GOLF - NCAA WEST REGIONAL - MAY 17-19
Tempe, Arizona - Arizona State University
Karsten Golf Course

The Pepperdine men's golf team received the No. 15 seed in the NCAA West Regional. In addition, the WCC placed three individuals in the West Region field in Loyola Marymount's Brian Locke, San Diego's Darrin Hall, and Saint Mary's Michael McRae. The Waves and the three individuals will travel to Tempe, Arizona, where they will compete at the Karsten Golf Course May 17-19. The Waves are making their 15th NCAA Regional appearance and ninth straight. Ten teams and two individuals not on advancing teams will move on from each regional to the championship finals. The championships will be conducted May 30-June 2 at the Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Virginia.

WCC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP

The Pepperdine men's and women's golf teams swept the West Coast Conference Golf Championships at La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, CA in April. The Wave women led from the opening round, shooting a 308 in Tuesday's final round to finish with a score of 909, 21 strokes ahead of second place San Francisco. The Pepperdine men's squad posted a three-round score of 892, edging second place San Diego by six strokes and capturing the conference crown for the 16th time in championship history.

LMU's Brian Locke became the first golfer to claim two straight individual titles at the WCC Championships, shooting back-to-back rounds of 69 to finish with a one-under par 215. Locke edged teammate Jason D'Amore and Pepperdine's Eric Shriver for first place by two strokes, and four Wave golfers finished among the top-20 in the individual standings. Saint Mary's Robert McRae finished fourth with a 220 score, while San Diego's Darrin Hall and Dale Smith took fourth and fifth place with scores of 221 and 222, respectively. Saint Mary's Scott Hardy received WCC Coach of the Year honors, while Gonzaga's Brandon Crick was named as the WCC Freshman of the Year.

Three Pepperdine golfers finished among the top four individuals on the women's side, led by Misun Cho. The freshman edged out teammate Eileen Vargas for individual medalist honors by shooting a 75 on Tuesday to wrap up a six-over par 222. Vargas, a four-time all-conference performer at the WCC Championships, finished second with a three-round score of 223, while San Francisco's Kristin Nichols finished in third place with a score of 227. Pepperdine Head Coach Laurie Gibbs was named the WCC Coach of the Year for the third straight season, while Cho received WCC Freshman of the Year honors.

WCC TEAM NOTES

Gonzaga Bulldogs
- The Gonzaga women finished third at the WCC Championships, shooting a three-round score of 963. The third place finish ties a program record for the best final result at the WCC Championships.

- Senior Mary Kate Morgan, ninth heading into the WCC Championship final round, fired a 77 to finish sixth at 233 and earn her second straight All-WCC first-team honor. Morgan is the inaugural two-time first-team honoree in Gonzaga's WCC history.

- Junior Trevor Loe and freshman Brandon Crick each shot a final-round 74 to tie for ninth at the WCC Championship. Crick and Loe earned All-WCC honorable mention honors, and Crick was voted the Freshman of the Year by the league's coaches, the first such honor for a Bulldog.

- The Gonzaga men finished seventh at the WCC Championship.

Loyola Marymount Lions
- Loyola Marymount sophomore Brian Locke repeated as individual champion of the West Coast Conference, defending his crown with a one-under 215 at the 2007 WCC Championships at La Purisima Golf Course.

- Locke is the first repeat champion in WCC history as he won by two strokes over teammate Jason D'Amore, who finished with a one-over 217.

- The Lions one-two punch of Locke and D'Amore led LMU to a third place finish overall as it concluded with a three-round 901. For their efforts, D'Amore and Locke were named to the All-WCC first team.

- Locke was chosen as an at-large individual in the NCAA West Regional held in Tempe, Arizona at the Karsten Golf Course on May 17-19. Locke was the top seeded individual in the West and is in search of his fifth tournament individual medalist honor this season.

Pepperdine Waves
- The Pepperdine men's and women's golf teams claimed the 2007 WCC Championships and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.

- The Wave women, ranked No. 4 in the most recent Golfweek rankings, earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA West Regional held in St. George, Utah at the Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club, May 10-12.

- Freshman Misun Cho took home individual medalist honors at the WCC Championship and was named the Freshman of the Year. Head Coach Laurie Gibbs was named the Coach of the Year for the third year in a row and eighth time in her career.

- The Wave men earned the No. 15 seed in the NCAA West Regional held at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, AZ on May 17-19. The Waves are making their 15th NCAA Regional appearance and ninth straight and will be seeking their sixth NCAA Championships appearance.

Portland Pilots
- Portland senior Kevin Beavers' first-round 73 helped him tie for 13th place individually to lead the Pilots at the WCC Championship. Beavers, who earned All-WCC Honorable Mention, closed with a 76 and a 77 on the par 72 course. He finished with a 10-over par 226.

- The Pilot men finished eighth at the WCC Championship, while the women took home fifth place.

- On the women's side, sophomore Taryn Kuida finished ninth individually to claim all-conference first team honors. Kuida opened with two rounds in the 70's before closing with an 81 on the par 72 course. She finished with a 235 (+19).

- Junior Kristin Howell tied for tenth place to earn All-WCC honorable mention status. Howell opened with a first-round 74 and totaled 238 during the three-round tournament.

Saint Mary's Gaels
- The Saint Mary's men's golf team finished fourth at the WCC Championship. The Gaels' fourth place showing marked the sixth straight season they have finished in the top half of the conference.

- The Gaels' top finisher was freshman Robert McRae, as he finished fourth overall in the tournament to earn All-WCC first team honors. Joining him on the all-conference team was his older brother, Mike McRae, while freshman Daniel Cone earned honorable mention status.

- McRae was one of six individuals selected to participate in the NCAA West Regional at the Arizona State University Karsten Golf Course on May 17-19. With McRae's selection to the NCAA Regional, the Gaels will be represented in the last four postseasons.

- Saint Mary's head coach Scott Hardy was named the WCC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career.

San Diego Toreros
- The USD men's golf team shot a final round team score of 297, the best final round score, to place 2nd overall at the 2007 WCC Championship.

- The second place showing is USD's best finish under fourth-year Head Coach Tim Mickelson, and matches the program's best finish in the WCC Championships. This marks the sixth time USD has finished in 2nd place, and the first time since the 1998 season.

- USD had three players finish in the top-10 and earn All-WCC honors in sophomore Darrin Hall (5th at 221; 74-72-75), freshman Dale Smith (6th at 222; 75-74-73), and sophomore Michael Barry. The Toreros three All-WCC first team members were tops in the conference.

- Hall, a redshirt sophomore, was selected to participate as an individual in the upcoming NCAA West Regional held at ASU's Karsten Golf Course (par 72, 7,057 yards) beginning Thursday, May 17th, and finishing up on Saturday, May 19th.

San Francisco Dons
- The San Francisco women's golf team finished second at the WCC Championship, while the USF men tied for fifth place.

- The Don women earned the sixth NCAA Regional berth in program history when they were selected as the No. 12 seed in the NCAA West Regional, beginning Thursday, May 9 at Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club in St. George, UT.

- Senior Kristin Nichols was the top finisher for USF in third place, while junior Jessica Potter shared fourth place, and freshman Christina Stockton finished seventh. Nichols earned All-WCC first team honors for the third time in her career, while Potter captured accolades for the second straight season. Stockton also won first team honors, while senior Eloise Vicencio was honorable mention.

- Domingo Jojola, USF men's top finisher at seventh place, earned All-WCC honors.

Santa Clara Broncos
- Santa Clara finished fourth at the women's WCC Championship and tied USF for fifth at the men's championship.

- The Bronco men were led by Jong Yoon, who turned in an eighth place finish to earn All-WCC first team honors. The eighth place showing was a season best for Yoon, who earned his first All-WCC honor. Yoon, a co-captain of the men's team, played in 11 of the team's 12 events in 2006-07, leading the Broncos in all but two of his events.

- Freshman Jamie Nonaka finished tied for 10th overall to lead the Bronco women, while junior Hilaire Fouts and senior Samantha Trask were right behind her in 13th and 14th places. For their efforts all three golfers earned All-WCC honorable mention status.

- Trask ends her career at SCU with four consecutive All-WCC awards. She took home first team honors in 2004 and 2005 before earning honorable mention status the last two seasons.