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WCC Golf Notes 5/15

May 15, 2008

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Men's West Regional-May 15-17
Gold Mountain Golf Club - Bremerton, Washington
Hosted by University of Washington

WCC Teams and Seed:
1. Southern California
3. Florida State
4. Stanford
5. Clemson
7. North Carolina
8. Texas Tech
9. Central Florida
10. Arizona State
11. San Diego State
12. Texas
13. LSU
14. Oregon State
15. Pepperdine
16. Oregon
17. California
18. Saint Mary's
19. Kentucky
20. Wisconsin
21. Washington
22. Oklahoma
23. Kansas State
24. San Diego
25. Denver
26. Navy
27. Columbia

1. Troy Merritt, Boise State
2. Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount
3. Tarquin Macmanus, Arizona
4. Jason D'Amore, Loyola Marymount
5. Nathan Stamey, North Carolina-Greensboro
6. Jimmy Lytle, Elon


Gonzaga Bulldogs

-Senior Trevor Loe finished tied for 14th with five others to earn honorable mention honors to pace Gonzaga University's men's golf team at the 2008 WCC Golf Championship.

-Brandon Crick, the 2007 WCC Freshman of the Year, shot a three-round 227 for a tie for 19th, while fellow sophomore Derek Cheney shot a 228 to tie for 22nd.

-Freshman Rachel Sibbitt earned a spot on the WCC honorable mention list after finishing the 2008 WCC Championship tied for 11th to lead the Zags.

-Three other Bulldogs also finished in the top 20. Senior Lacey Jo Manwaring finished 18th with a 247, freshman Sage Suffecool placed 19th with a 248 and senior Sarah Sheffield came in 20th with a 54-hole total score of 249.

Loyola Marymount Lions

-The LMU men's golf team claimed a fourth place finish at the 2008 WCC Golf Championship led by senior Jason D'Amore, who finished in a tie for fifth place, good for a first-team All-WCC selection. He becomes the first Lion golfer in LMU history to earn first-team honors all four years of his career.

-Also earning first-team honors was junior Brian Locke, marking his third all-WCC selection. Bryan Martin, a junior transfer in his first season at LMU garnered honorable mention All-WCC honors.

-The duo of D'Amore and Locke were selected as individuals for the 2008 NCAA West Regional. This will be the second regional appearance for D'Amore, who is in his last season for the Lions. For Locke, it is his third straight.

-Locke and D'Amore are one and two in LMU all-time top-five finishes with 14 and 13, respectively.

Pepperdine Waves

-The women's golf team claimed their 10th WCC title in the last 11 years, while the men's team earned a second place finish at the 2008 WCC Golf Championship.

-Senior Leanne Bowditch and freshman Taylore Karle led the Waves to victory with matching scores of 220 to share the Player of the Year honors, while Karle was also named Freshman of the Year.

-The Wave women earned a #6 seeding at the NCAA West Regional, where after two days of competition they finished in 12th place, led by Bowditch and Jayvie Agojo who tied for 19th.

-The men's team placed four golfers on the All-WCC team, led by Freshman of the Year, Andrew Putnam.

-The Waves earned their 10th consecutive West Regional selection, where they are the #15 seed.

Portland Pilots

-The Portland men's team shot a final round 304 to move up one spot and finish fifth at the WCC Golf Championship, while the women's team earned a third place finish.

-Sophomore Terence Macatangay led the Pilots with a seventh place finish, after firing a final round 73. Macatangay was named to the All-WCC team for his effort, while freshman Justin Smithhisler earned honorable mention All-WCC honors after tying for ninth place at 7-over par 223. Coach Bill Winter was tabbed as Tri-Coach of the Year.

-Junior Taryn Kuida led the women's team at the conference tournament, finishing in ninth place and earning a spot on the all-WCC team.

-Senior Kristin Howell and sophomore Paige Rachor were also recognized as All-WCC honorable mention.

Saint Mary's Gaels

-The Gaels posted a final round 301, which was tied for the low team round of the day, at the WCC Golf Championship to finish tied for second place.

-Senior Chadd Cocco posted a final round 71 (-1) to post the low round of the day, to move into a tie with USD's Jake Yount, forcing a sudden death playoff which was eventually won by Yount in the second round.

-Cocco, along with Mike McRae earned First Team All-WCC selections while senior Josh Kelley garnered honorable mention recognition. Head Coach Scott Hardy was named the Tri-Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his eight seasons.

-The Gaels earned a #18 seed at the NCAA West Regional, their second team appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and second in four years.

San Diego Toreros

-The San Diego men's golf team captured its first-ever West Coast Conference title after leading from the opening round.

-Junior Jake Yount earned Player of the Year honors after winning a sudden death playoff on the second hole against Chadd Cocco of Saint Mary's.

-Yount was joined on the All-WCC first team by junior Darrin Hall, while sophomore Dale Smith was tabbed All-WCC honorable mention. Head Coach Tim Mickelson was tabbed the Tri-WCC Coach of the Year

-The Toreros will be making their second appearance in three years at the NCAA Western Regionals, where they were named the 24th seed, after claiming the conference's automatic bid.

San Francisco Dons

-San Francisco ended the 2008 men's golf season with a seventh place finish at the WCC Golf Championship, while the women earned a second place finish at the event.

-Sophomore Chris Cunningham was a highlight for the Dons as he was awarded All-WCC honors after tying for a third place finish with a final tally of 219.

-Senior Jessica Potter was the top finisher for the Dons, capturing All-WCC first team selection honors for the third time in her career. Natasha Podmore and Christina Stockton also took home All-WCC honors after finishing seventh and eighth, respectively.

-Sophomore Danielle Cvitanov finished sixth to capture All-WCC first team honors for the first time. Cvitanov was selected to participate as an individual at the NCAA West Regional, where she recorded a top-25 finish, coming in 22nd with a total score of 221.

Santa Clara Broncos

-The Santa Clara men's golf team finished sixth at the WCC Golf Championship. The Broncos were led by Scott Travers, who finished ninth, earning him a place on the All-WCC team.

-Junior Jonathan Keane finished second for the Broncos, coming in tied for 14th place.

-The women's team claimed a share of third place at the conference tournament, led by senior Corey Utsurogi. Utsurogi shot a team-best 84 during the final round to finish in 10th place, good for All-WCC honors.

-Hilaire Fouts finished in 11th place, highlighted by a first-round 73. Miki Ueoka finished off her first WCC Championship outing with a 13th place finish. Both golfers earned a spot on the WCC honorable mention list for their efforts.