May 18, 2006
Tucson, Ariz. - Four West Coast Conference men's golf teams hit the links Thursday afternoon to compete at the NCAA West Regional at the par-72, 7,200-yard OMNI Tucson National Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona. Pepperdine is tied for seventh place after the first round, Loyola Marymount is tied for 10th, Santa Clara is tied for 15th, and San Diego is in 26th place. Saint Mary's Chad Cocco is tied for 51st after carding an even-round 72.
Sparked by six straight birdies to begin his back nine, Pepperdine sophomore Colin Wilcox fired a 5-under par 67 on Thursday and is tied for second place after the opening round. Wilcox' round combined with a 4-under 68 by senior Alex Coe helped the Waves to a 5-under 283 and a tie for seventh place following 18-holes of the 54-hole tournament. Coe is part of a group of nine players tied for sixth with 4-under par 68s. Sophomores Michael Baird and Jesse Barnsley are tied for 83rd after shooting 2-over par scores of 74 while junior J.J. Wood shot a 3-over 75 and is tied for 102nd.
Loyola Marymount sophomore Josh Escobedo has played the Omni Tucson National Golf Club many times in his career, dating back to his days at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson. Well, the Tucson native made it a happy homecoming as he led the Lions with a three-under par 69 in the first round. The Lions sit in a three-way tie for 10th place with East Tennessee State and Arizona State. The Lions are a single stroke out of seventh, where three team are tied at five-under, shooting a 283 - Stanford, Pepperdine and UC Irvine. BYU, North Carolina State and Nevada are in a three-way tie for fourth at a six-under, 282. Freshman Brian Locke, who won the WCC individual title, posted a two-under 70. He finished the day with four birdies and 12 pars. Senior Chaz Inouye had one of his best rounds of the year with one-under 71. Sitting at even par on the par-5, 587-yard eighth, Inouye got on the green in two and two putt to go one-under.
The Broncos, competing in an NCAA Regional for the first time in school history, find themselves in 15th place after the first round. Eric Lillibridge finished the day tied for 23rd in the individual competition, shooting a two-under 70, only three strokes off of the overall lead. Nicoletti is right behind him with a one-under 71, while Jong Yoon is two strokes behind Nicoletti at one-over 73. John Colyar recovered from a rough start and battled back, riding a two-under 34 on the back nine to finish with a score of 75. Tim Lynch, despite a hot start, rounded things out with a first-round total of 76.
San Diego men's golf team completed its first round of its inaugural appearance in the NCAA tournament at the Omni Tucson National Golf Club by posting a team score of 299, 11 shots over Par and currently sit in 26th place. USD's senior Luke Antonelli had the best outing for the Toreros as he shot an even Par for the first round. Freshman Jake Yount also had a solid day for the Toreros as he shot a 73 in the first round.
Led by three players shooting 5-under par 67s, Florida is the first-round leader after posting a 15-under par total of 273 to take a six-shot lead over host Arizona. The Wildcats finished with a 9-under par score of 279.
Fresno State is alone in third at 8-under score of 280 while Brigham Young, North Carolina State and Nevada are tied for fourth with 7-under totals of 282. Pepperdine, Stanford and UC Irvine are tied for seventh while Arizona State, East Tennessee State and Loyola Marymount are at 4-under par 284 and tied for 10th place.
The top 10 teams advance to the national championships scheduled for May 31 through June 3 at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.
Utah's Dustin Pimm leads the individual competition after carding a 6-under par 66 to hold a one-shot lead over Wilcox and Florida teammates Matt Every, Billy Horschel and James Vargas.
Friday's second round and Saturday's final round can be followed live on the Internet at www.golfstat.com.