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WCC Men's Golfers Wrap Up NCAA West Regional

May 19, 2007

Tempe, AZ - The Pepperdine men's golf team shot a final-round 9-under par 279 and finished at 23-under par 841 to tie for 12th at the NCAA West Regional Championships that concluded Saturday at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona.

The Waves fell two shots shy of qualifying for the NCAA Championships as the top 10 teams advance to the national tournament scheduled for May 30-June 2 at the Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Freshman Carl Smith was the top individual for Pepperdine, tying for 23rd at 9-under par 207. Junior Jesse Barnsley was one shot back at 8-under 208 and tied for 30th.

LMU's Brian Locke shot a 67 on Saturday, setting a Loyola Marymount record by finishing with a three-round score of 203, good for 13-under par. However, it was not enough as he missed out on the NCAA Championship by one stroke. Saint Mary's Mike McRae finished the NCAA West Regional with a final round score of 4-under 68 Saturday, wrapping up his regional appearance tied for 23rd with a 9-under 207. San Diego's Darrin Hall rounded out the WCC's individual competitors, shooting a 72 on Saturday to finish tied for 86th with a three-round score of 217.

South Carolina carded a third-round total of 10-under par 278 to finish the 54-hole event at 44-under par 820 and record a two-shot victory over UCLA, which led after each of the first two rounds. The Bruins totaled a 42-under par 822.

Other teams qualifying for the national championships included USC and Arizona State, who tied for third at 40-under par 824, Vanderbilt (826), Arizona (828), Stanford (831), New Mexico (833), Wake Forest and East Tennessee State.

Wake Forest, East Tennessee State and Oregon State tied for ninth with 54-hole totals of 25-under par 839. The three teams went to a playoff to decide the final two spots where Oregon State was eliminated.

Individually, Arizona State's Benjamin Alvarado claimed individual medalist honors with an 18-under par total of 198 to register a three-shot victory over UCLA's Kevin Chappell, Vanderbilt's Jon Curran and USC's Jamie Lovemark. All three players finished 15-under par 201.