May 15, 2008
Bremerton, WA - Three WCC men's golf teams competed at the Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton, Washington. The Pepperdine and Saint Mary's men's golf teams enjoyed strong opening rounds, as they finished the first day of competition in fifth and sixth place, respectively. WCC champion San Diego finished the first day in 24th place, while Loyola Marymount men's golf duo of senior Jason D'Amore and junior Brian Locke competed as individuals.
The Waves, the #15 seed in the tournament, shot a total of 292 to finish the round +4, three shots behind Oregon. Eric Shriver (Cary, N.C./Arkansas/Green Hope HS) was the Waves' top performer on Thursday, as he fired a two-under 70, which is good for second place among individuals. The round was Shriver's first under par round since the first round of the John Hayt Collegiate on Feb. 17. Andrew Widmar (El Paso, Texas/Cathedral HS) shot a 73 and sits in a tie for 19th place, Andrew Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy) carded a 74 and is tied for 31st, Carl Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) fired a 75 and is tied for 49th, and Jesse Barnsley (Albuquerque, N.M./Albuquerque Academy) shot a 79 and is tied for 112th.
Following the completion of the first round, the Gaels are in sole possession of sixth place after 18 holes of play. At the par-72, 7,111-yard Gold Mountain Golf Club, SMC used even par rounds of 72 by Mike McRae and Chadd Cocco to shoot a 6-over par round of 294 to get off to a good start in the school's second ever NCAA Tournament appearance. McRae, who is playing in his third NCAA Tournament, played in his seventh post-season round. He was a freshman on the 2004-05 team that made the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance, and then again as an individual in 2007.
Junior Jake Yount is the current San Diego leader at three over par shooting a 75 after the first round. Yount is tied for 78th overall. He had 10 pars on the day, a birdie on the 15th hole, and an eagle on the 14th hole. Teammate Dale Smith is also in the pack tied for 78th place overall shooting a 75 on the day. He recorded 13 holes at par, shooting a birdie on the fifth hole, and bogey on four of the other holes. Blake Tremble finished five over par at 77 tied for 106th place. Tremble had three birdies (1st, 5th, and 14th) on the day. Jason Shano had nine pars on the day finishing nine over with 81. He is in sole possession of 132nd place. Darrin Hall is tied for 136th place finishing with an 83.
LMU's Locke sits in the top quarter of the 141-man field with a two-over 74. Just 18 players shot par or better as Locke sits five strokes behind the leader.
Both Locke and D'Amore earned individual bids to this year's NCAA West Regional. Locke, who sat at four-over par after 14 holes, went two under the final four to move into striking distance of the leader, who is Joey Benedetti of Oregon with a three-under 69.
As for D'Amore, he posted an opening round of 77, five-over par. He is in a tie for 83rd after day one. Both D'Amore and Locke started the round on par-four 10.
The second round of the NCAA West Regionals continues tomorrow, as the Waves tee off at 8:35 a.m., the Gaels at 12:30 p.m., and the Toreros at 12:59 p.m.