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WCC Teams Compete At NCAA West Regional

May 17, 2008

Pepperdine, Saint Mary's, and San Diego contineud play on Friday in the second round of the NCAA West Regional at the Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton, Wash.

Pepperdine Second Day of West Regional

The Pepperdine men's golf team shot a 301 on Friday and sits in a tie for seventh place after the second round of the NCAA West Regionals at the Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton, Wash.

The Waves, the #15 seed in the tournament, need to finish in the top 10 to advance to the NCAA Championships from May 28-31. Pepperdine's two-day total of 593 puts the Waves at +17. The Waves are tied with two other teams seventh place, as the 10th place team, Wisconsin, is just one shot back at 594.

Andrew Widmar (El Paso, Texas/Cathedral HS) fired the Waves' low round on Friday with a 74. Widmar is +3 for the tournament, which puts him in a tie for 27th place.

Eric Shriver (Cary, N.C./Arkansas/Green Hope HS) followed up his first round 70 with a 76 and is tied for 18th at +2, Andrew Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy) carded a 75 and is tied for 42nd at +5, Carl Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) shot a 76 and sits at +7, which puts him in a tie for 65th, and Jesse Barnsley (Albuquerque, N.M./Albuquerque Academy) improved his first round total by three shots with a 76 to finish the first two rounds at +11, tied for 96th.

Saint Mary's Second Day of West Regional

The Saint Mary's men's golf team posted a second round score of 301 (+13) at the Olympic Course at the Gold Mountain Golf Club on Friday, and dropped from sixth to a tie for 11th place after 36 holes of the 2008 Western Regional. Mike McRae led the Gaels with a 3-under par 69 on Friday, and is three shots off the pace in the individual race.

Saint Mary's shot 6-over par on Thursday and was in sixth place after 18 holes. The Gaels did not have the same fortune on Friday, as the SMC shot 13-over par on Thursday and fell to a tie for 11th place with Oklahoma. SMC will need to play better on Saturday, if they want to be one of the 10 teams to advance to the National Championships in two weeks.

Mike McRae opened the day at even par following a 72 on Thursday. Like his opening round yesterday, McRae started with a birdie, this time on the 10th hole. After three straight pars, he would drop birdies on the 14th and 15th holes (his fifth and sixth of the day) to get to 3-under par for the round. He would bogey the par-3 16th hole, but made a birdie three after driving the green on the 324-yard par-4 18th hole.

McRae made the turn with a 3-under 33 on his opening nine. Like his did on Thursday, McRae would birdie the first hole to get to four-under par through 10 holes. He would string together seven straight pars before posting a bogey six on the ninth hole (his last) to shot even par on the back nine, and finish with a 69 for the round. McRae was paired with the tournament leader Joey Benedetti of Oregon.

Benedetti shot back-to-back rounds of 69 and holds a one shot lead over Dan Woltman of Wisconsin, a two-shot lead over Nick Taylor of Washington and a three-shot advantage over McRae. McRae will be paired with Woltman for the final round on Saturday.

Fellow senior Chadd Cocco shot even par on Thursday, but saw his Friday round get to five over par before he made his first birdie. Cocco had bogeys on 12 and 13, but had seven pars on his front nine to make the turn at 2-over par. A bogey on two and double bogey on four dropped him to 5-over with five holes to play. Cocco looked to recover with three straight birdies on six, seven and eight, but a double on his final hole dropped him to a four-over finish on 76. Cocco will enter the final round tied for 35th after carding a 148 total through 36 holes.

Josh Kelley matched is opening round 76 with a second round of four-over par. Kelley opened the round with a bogey on the 10th hole, and then quickly got back to even after making a birdie four on the par-5 11th. Following a par on the 249-yard par-3 12th, Kelley bogeyed 13 and birdied 14 to remain even through five holes. With bogeys on the 17th and 18th, Kelley made the turn at 2-over par. A bogey on one game the senior three straight bogeys, but he would recover with five straight pars before making a bogey five on the 459-yard seventh hole.

Daniel Cone followed up an opening round 76 with an 80 (+8) on Friday. Cone was unable to make a single birdie in his second round. After opening with five straight pars, Cone got into a bad stretch of holes, as he made four bogeys and a double bogey over five holes to fall to 6-over par. Cone would put together six straight pars before making bogey on eight and nine to close out his round.

Robert McRae rounded out the Gaels' play on Friday with a nine-over par 81. McRae's opening three holes were a par, birdie and a bogey. He made his second bogey on the 14th hole before stringing together seven straight pars. McRae was 1-over through 12 holes but made a triple bogey on the 332-yard fourth hole and then made a nine on the par-5 sixth hole. McRae finished the back nine at 44 (+8) but made six pars in the nine holes.

San Diego Second Round

The University of San Diego men's golf team dropped one spot in the NCAA West Regional golf tournament to 25th place overall after the second round of action Friday afternoon. Dale Smith shot a team low of 76 and is tied for 65th place overall.

Smith finished yesterday with a 75 bringing his two day total to 151. He had an eagle on the sixth hole, two birdies on the day, and eight pars. He is currently seven over par with his two day totals. Jake Yount is tied for 87th overall after shooting a second round 79. Yount had three birdies and eight pars bring his two day total to 154.

Blake Trimble is tied for 113th overall after shooting 80 on the day. He recorded two birdies and seven holes at par bringing his two day total to 157. Jason Shano improved on the day shooting a 78 with 12 holes at par and two birdies bringing his two day total to 169. Darrin Hall rounds out the Torero scores with a second around improvement of 77 with 10 holes at par and two birdies for a two day total of 160.

The Toreros shot a team total of 310 on day two bringing their team total to 618. The Toreros wrap up the three day tournament Saturday afternoon as they are paired up with Navy and Columbia and will tee off at 12:59 pm.