May 19, 2006
Tucson, AZ - Four West Coast Conference men's golf teams continued NCAA West Regional play at the at the par-72, 7,200-yard OMNI Tucson National Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona on Friday. Loyola Marymount heads into the final day in sixth place, Pepperdine is in a tie for 11th, Santa Clara sits in 23rd, and San Diego is in 25th place after two rounds. Saint Mary's Chad Cocco is tied for 57th after carding an even-round 72 for the second straight day.
Loyola Marymount, seeded 25th out of 27 teams entering the 2006 NCAA West Regional, put themselves in the mix to advance to the NCAA Championships after posting a second round seven-under par 281 Friday. It is the team's best round in a decade and has them at 11-under for the tournament and in sixth place heading into the final round on Saturday.
LMU began the day at four-under par and in a tie for 11th place. However, the Lions got hot on the back nine with a combined nine birdies and 31 pars to move up to the top grouping for Saturday's final round. With a two-round score of 565, the Lions are one stroke better than Fresno State, who is in seventh at 10-under.
Pepperdine senior Alex Coe fired a 3-under par score of 69 on Friday and is tied for fifth place after two rounds. Coe has a 36-hole total of 7-under par 137. Coe helped Pepperdine to a 1-under par score of 287 and two-round total of 6-under 570 that placed the Waves in a tie for 11th place heading into Saturday's final round.
Santa Clara shot a combined 302 to fall into 23rd place in the 27-team field. Tim Lynch paced the Broncos on Friday, shooting even-par on the course's front nine on his way to a two-over 74 for the day. Michael Nicoletti and Eric Lillibridge followed up with scores of 75 and 76, respectively, battling the winds and tough putts throughout the day. John Colyar shot a second-round 77 and Jong Yoon finished up with a 79.
San Diego shot a team score of 294 for the round to move their combined score to 593 which is good for 25th place after two rounds. immy Harris and Michael Barry both had solid days for the Toreros as each shot one under par. Luke Antonelli, and Bucky Coe both shot four over Par and Jake Yount was six over par to round out the scoring for USD.
Saint Mary's junior Chadd Cocco shot an even par 72, shooting 1-over par on the front nine and 1-under par on the back nine for his second straight even-par round at the regional championship.
After 36 holes, Cocco has a score of 144 (E) and is currently tied for 57th place in the individual field. In order to advance to the NCAA Golf Championships, Cocco will have to be one of the top two individuals in the field that is on the top 10 teams in the Western Regional.
Host Arizona carded a second-day total of 15-under 273 to assume the second-round lead. The Wildcats, who were one of three teams to shoot 15-under par on Friday, hold a three-shot advantage over North Carolina State and first-round leader Florida.
North Carolina State, who also fired a 273, join the Gators at 21-under par 555, two shots in front of fourth-place Arizona State, which also posted a 15-under 273 and is at 19-under par 557.
The top 10 teams advance to the national championships scheduled for May 31 through June 3 at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.