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Three WCC Programs Conclude Season in 2015 NCAA Regionals

May 17, 2015

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. --
A conference record eight WCC programs concluded play in the NCAA postseason Saturday.

BREMERTON, Wash. - Kevin DeHuff wrapped up his college career with a tie for 15th place at the NCAA Bremerton Regional on Saturday and the Pepperdine men's golf team concluded its season with an 11th-place result.

The West Coast Conference champions were seeded 12th at the 14-team event, and beat their seeding by one spot. The Waves shot a total of 880 (292-295-293) over the three days at the par-72 Olympic Course at the Gold Mountain Golf Club.

Only the top five teams advanced to the NCAA Championships: UAB, South Carolina, USC, TCU and host Washington.

DeHuff (Coto de Caza, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic HS), a senior, posted his second below-par round of the tournament, a 2-under 70. He finished with a 3-under 213 (67-76-70). A birdie on his next-to-last hole, his fifth of the round, pushed him back into the top 20. It was his team-best sixth top 20 result of the season, and the 11th of his four-year career. It was the fourth time this season he finished a tournament under par.

Junior Frederick Wedel (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) also had a good finish to his season with an even-par 72. He wound up in a tie for 33rd place with a 3-over 219 (79-68-72). His third round included four birdies.

Sophomore Cody McManus (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS) tied for 58th at 224 (72-76-76), freshman Anthony Cecere (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./St. Margaret's Episcopal School) tied for 58th at 224 (74-75-75) and sophomore Robin Kang (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./South Torrance HS) was 75th at 247 (83-81-83). McManus had four birdies during his final round and Cecere had three (including each of his final two holes).

Pepperdine was making its 20th NCAA Regional appearance and first since 2011. The Waves qualified for a regional thanks to their victory at the WCC Championships (their conference-leading 18th).

Team Standings: 1. UAB 280-285-278=843; 2. South Carolina 288-283-274=845; 3. USC 281-288-278=847; T4. TCU 281-283-290=854; T4. Washington 287-290-277=854; 6. Baylor 293-280-289=862; 7. Michigan 292-288-283=863; 8. Iowa State 287-287-295=869; T9. VCU 304-288-278=870; T9. UC Davis 289-295-286=870; 11. Pepperdine 292-295-293=880; 12. Sam Houston State 300-295-288=883; 13. Cleveland State 305-291-295=891; 14. South Dakota 298-304-296=898.

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's golf team shot its lowest score of the tournament, but it wasn't quite enough as the Gaels finished just eight shots from qualifying for the national finals today at the NCAA Regional Championships at The Farms Golf Club.

Saint Mary's finished eighth among the 13 participating teams with rounds of 295-298-289 for a 3-round total of 18-over par 882. SMC finished eight strokes behind fifth place Virginia, which claimed the final team qualifying position for the NCAA Finals on May 29-June 3 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.

The University of Oklahoma, ranked 13th nationally coming into the tournament, led from start to finish and claimed a 20-stroke lead with a 21-under par 843. Third-ranked Arizona State finished in runner-up position at 1-under par with the day's best team score at 6-under par 282. Georgia Tech finished third, while in-state rival Georgia claimed the fourth spot at 6-over par.

SMC freshman Perry Cohen narrowly missed a chance to force a playoff for the lone individual qualifying spot when his eagle putt on his final hole, the par 5 9th, rolled just six inches short of the cup. The San Diego native made birdie on the hole to finish tied for seventh overall with rounds of 73-71-70 for a 2-under par total of 214.

Classmate Pavan Sagoo, a native of London, England, finished just two shots back with a 54-hole score of even par 216. He finished 13th overall after carding rounds of 72-74-70. Sagoo was the team's low finisher in today's final round at 2-under par.

Junior Jonathan De Los Reyes tied for 28th place at 6-over par with rounds of 74-74-74 for a 3-round total of 222. Freshman Connor Blick and senior Tye Gabriel tied for 65th place at 16-over par 232.

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - The USD men's golf season came to an end today as they finished in a tie for 10th at the NCAA San Diego Golf Regional played at The Farms Golf Club (par 72, yardage 6,947). Oklahoma was the runaway winner with their 21-under par total of 843. Advancing to Nationals with them will be Arizona State (863, -1), Georgia Tech (869, +5), Georgia (870, +6) and Virginia (874, +10).

ASU's Jon Rahm won medalist honors with his 10-under par total of 206 (73-64-69). This was Rahm's seventh win as a Sun Devil moving him into the 3rd spot all-time behind Phil Mickelson (16) and Billy Mayfair (8). Gudmundur Kristjansson of East Tennessee State was the lone individual that advances to Nationals after he posted a 3-under par total of 213 (69-71-73). He edged out Grant Bennett of Wichita State and Perry Cohen of Saint Mary's by one stroke.

The USD Toreros started the day in 9th place and just seven strokes back of the coveted fifth team spot for advancing to Nationals. San Diego shot a final day team score of 297 and finished the three-day tournament with a 25-over par total of 889 to tie with Idaho. Today the Toreros were paced by Alex Chiarella who fired an even par 72, and freshman Regan Kilpatrick who carded his second straight 73. Chiarella finished the regional as USD's top finisher with a tie for 29th at 222 (73-77-72). He was followed by teammates Grant Forrest (T36 at 223, 74-72-77), Kilpatrick (T40 at 224, 78-73-73), Mathias Dahl (T49 at 225, 76-73-76) and Colin Pearson (T61 at 230, 74-80-76). The event closes out the Torero careers for seniors Grant Forrest and Mathias Dahl.

This marked the second time that the University of San Diego hosted an NCAA Regional at The Farms Golf Club - the first time came in 2011.

Student-athletes representing five league programs competed in NCAA Regional play as individuals. All five earned WCC First Team honors in 2015. Connor Campbell of Loyola Marymount finished third at the WCC Championships and competed in the San Diego Regional along with 2015 WCC Freshman of the Year Hayden Shieh of Santa Clara. Byron Meth of Pacific made his second straight NCAA postseason, competing in the Bremerton Regional. The 2014 WCC Medalist and US Amateur Public Links medalist joined Gonzaga's James Fahy and BYU's Jordan Rodgers. Fahy was the first Bulldog in program history to compete in an NCAA Regional.

Bremerton Regional
James Fahy, Gonzaga
Byron Meth, Pacific
Jordan Rodgers, BYU

San Diego Regional
Connor Campbell, Loyola Marymount
Hayden Shieh, Santa Clara

From PepperdineSports.com, SMCGaels.com and USDToreros.com