May 17, 2008
BREMERTON, Wash. - Pepperdine, Saint Mary's, and San Diego concluded play at the NCAA West Regional at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Washington. Saint Mary's finished seventh overall to advance to the NCAA Championship at The Boilermaker Golf Club in West Lafayette, Indiana on May 28-31.
Saint Mary's Final Round Recap
In just the school's second ever NCAA Tournament appearance, the Saint Mary's men's golf team advanced to the NCAA National Championships after finishing seventh at the West Regional from the Olympic Course at the Gold Mountain Golf Club on Saturday. The Gaels shot a final round score of 289 (+1) and finished the 54-hole tournament with rounds of 294-301-289 for a total of 884 (+20). With the top-10 finish, Saint Mary's advances to the 30-team national round at The Boilermaker Golf Club in West Lafayette, Indiana on May 28-31.
Saint Mary's entered the final round tied for 11th overall after posting a second round score of 301 (+13). The Gaels rebounded from the tough second round, after the Gaels were tied for sixth after the opening 18. En route to the 1-over par finish, Saint Mary's used stellar rounds by Mike McRae, Daniel Cone, Chadd Cocco, and Josh Kelley to secure their ticket nationals.
The best round came from senior McRae as he shot a 2-under par round of 70 at the par 72, 7,111-yard track. For the second straight day, the Gaels started on the 10th hole, and McRae opened the round with three birdies and three pars on the first six holes. McRae's only blemish on the opening nine came on the par-3 16th when he had a bogey.
After making the turn at 2-under, McRae parred one, two and three. After putting his tee shot into the trees on his 13th hole, he made a bogey five, and a bogey four on the par three fifth hole, his 14th of the day, dropped him back to even par for the round. He e two-putt birdie on the par five sixth, and after a par on seven, he dropped in his fifth birdie of the day with an eight foot putt on eight. He closed the round with a par on the ninth hole after missing a short birdie putt.
McRae finished the West Regional in a tie for second place at 5-under par. After opening the tournament with an even-par round of 72 on Thursday, he shot 69 (-3) on Friday before his 70 on Saturday. He made a total of 16 birdies in the 54 holes.
Daniel Cone rebounded from an 80 (+8) on Friday to shot a 1-over par 73 in the final round. Cone had an up-and-down round, but hovered around even par all day. He would make five birdies and six bogeys in the round, but only dropped below even par after making a bogey on the ninth hole, his final hole of the day.
Cone got as low as 2-under par when he made a birdie three on the par-4 18th hole to shot 34 for his opening nine. He got back to even par with bogeys on the first and fourth holes, but he made a 15-footer on six to get back to 1-under for the day through 15 holes. He would make bogey on the seventh before a par on eight and a three-putt bogey on nine. Cone finished his first NCAA Tournament with a 54-hole total of 229 (+13) following rounds of 76-80-73.
After back-to-back rounds of 76 to open the tournament, Josh Kelley made a few more putts on Saturday en route to a 1-over par 73 in the final round. Kelley got the day started right with a birdie on his opening hole, the par-4 10th. He dropped to even with a bogey on 12, and after five straight pars, he would bogey the 18th hole to make the turn at 1-over. He dropped another shot at the par-4 first, but after four straight pars, he was a 1-over with three holes to play. He finished with three straight pars to shot even par on his final nine holes.
Chadd Cocco was the fourth score counted for the Gaels on Saturday as he had four birdies, nine pars and five bogeys. Cocco dropped a stroke after three-putting the 12th hole, but he would birdie three of the next four holes to get to 2-under through seven. He finished the front nine with two pars to make the turn at 34 (-2).
After starting his back nine with two pars, Cocco hit a bad stretch of holes, as he made bogey on three, four and five. A two-putt birdie on the par five sixth was followed by a bogey five and the seventh. He closed the tournament with back-to-back pars on eight and nine, after he lipped out an eight-footer for birdie on his 17th hole.
Rounding out the Gaels scoring on Saturday was Robert McRae as he shot a final round 79 (+7). McRae's only birdie of the day came at the par five 14th hole, which was his fifth of the day. He would make six bogeys and one double bogey in his final round. McRae's 54-hole total was 236 (+20).
Pepperdine Final Round Recap
The Pepperdine men's golf team fell just short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships, as the Waves were the odd team out in a three-team playoff to determine the last two schools to advance, at the NCAA West Regionals at the Gold Mountain Golf Course on Saturday.
Pepperdine, Texas and San Diego State finished the tournament tied for ninth place with a three-day total of 888, forcing a playoff between the three schools. Texas and San Diego State finished the five-hole playoff -2 to claim the final two spots, while the Waves shot even par. Notably for Pepperdine, Eric Shriver (Cary, N.C./Arkansas/Green Hope HS) advanced to the NCAA Championships as an individual after finishing the tournament tied for 11th at even par. Shriver carded a final round of 70 to finish the tournament at 216.
Andrew Widmar (El Paso, Texas/Cathedral HS) was the Waves' next highest finisher, coming in tied for 35th at +6 after shooting a final round 75, Andrew Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy) shot a 74 to finish +7 and tie for 42nd, Carl Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) carded a 78 to finish tied for 79th and senior Jesse Barnsley (Albuquerque, N.M./Albuquerque Academy) ended his Waves' career with a final round 76 to finish tied for 97th.
The NCAA West Regionals concludes the Waves season. Shriver will compete at the NCAA Championships from May 28-31 in West Lafayette, Ill.
San Diego Final Round Recap
Story coming soon.
LMU's Jason D'Amore and Brian Locke Final Round Recap
Bremerton, Wash. - The four-year career of senior Jason D'Amore came to a close at the 2008 NCAA West Regional on Saturday afternoon at the Olympic Course of Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. The most decorated men's golfer in Loyola Marymount history finished his career with a four-over 76 in the final day of competition at the regional.
D'Amore, just the fifth LMU athlete among all sports to earn first-team all-conference honors every year of his career, finished in a tie for 79th out of 141 players with an overall score of 229. His score of plus-13 was tied with 12 others. D'Amore wasn't the only Lion in the regional as junior Brian Locke finished in a tie for 91st after a final round of 80 and a three-day total of 230.
D'Amore and Locke became the first LMU duo to earn individual bids to the NCAA Regional. D'Amore earned freshman of the year honors in the West Coast Conference as a rookie in 2005 and was among the top-10 players in the WCC in each of his four seasons.