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Gaels Advance To School's First Ever NCAA Golf Championship Round

May 27, 2008

The Saint Mary's men's golf team will compete in the 2008 NCAA National Championship on May 28-31. The tournament will be played at the Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker golf Complex in West Lafayette, Indiana. Saint Mary's begin its first ever NCAA Championship at 7:47 am off the first tee on Wednesday, May 28.

Seniors Chadd Cocco, Mike McRae and Josh Kelley were members of the first SMC golf team to make the NCAA Tournament in 2005. Cocco was a sophomore and both McRae and Kelley were freshmen on the squad. This year's NCAA appearance will make the second for Kelley, while Cocco and McRae, who were individual selections in 2006 and 2007, respectively, will be making their third appearances in four years.

Saint Mary's finished second at the WCC Championships, matching their highest ever finish. The Gaels were led by Chadd Cocco, who finished second after a two-round sudden death playoff with San Diego's Jake Yount, who took home the individual title.

After the completion of the WCC Championships, Saint Mary's had three players garner post-season recognition. Both Cocco and McRae garnered first team honors, while Kelley was an honorable mention selection. Cocco became the school's first four-year All-WCC selection, McRae earned his third straight selection, and Kelley received his first ever All-WCC honor.

Pepperdine senior Eric Shriver will cap off his Waves career this week when he competes at the NCAA Championships from May 28-31 at the Brick Boilermaker Golf Course.

Shriver qualified for the NCAA Championships after finishing in 11th place at the NCAA West Regionals in Bremerton, Wash. Shriver shot rounds of 70-76-70 (216) to finish even par for the tournament. The Waves missed qualifying as a team after being the odd team out of three-team playoff for the final two spots.

Shriver has posted a 75.0 scoring average this year in 32 rounds, but played his best golf of the spring semester at the NCAA West Regionals. Shriver's 11th place finish was his best since tying for eighth place at the Club Glove Intercollegiate in October.

Shriver's first round will begin on Wednesday afternoon with 2:05 p.m. scheduled tee time.

About the Course
The Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex is an 18-hole championship golf course, which is a par-72 layout that measures 7,465 yards from the championship tees. The rating for the course is 75.9 with a slope of 143 from the back tees.

Tournament Format
The NCAA National Championship is a 72-hole event played over four days. Each of the 30 participating schools will play 54 holes and the top 15 schools after three days will advance to the final round on Saturday.

NCAA Championship Field
Thirty teams and six individuals will compete for the NCAA national championship. The field includes No. 1 USC, No. 3 Georgia, No. 12 Wake Forest, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 10 Clemson, No. 7 Florida, No. 5 UCLA, No. 17 UAB, No. 2 Alabama, No. 8 Stanford, No. 14 Auburn, No. 6 Charlotte, No. 19 Texas A&M, No. 16 E. Tennessee St., No. 20 Indiana, No. 29 Oregon, No. 40 Augusta State, No. 34 UC Irvine, No. 36 Illinois, No. 26 Louisville, No. 31 Mississippi State, No. 49 Washington, No. 42 Saint Mary's, No. 22 Arizona State, No. 27 Kent State, No. 33 Penn State, No. 23 San Diego State, No. 38 Texas, No. 46 Middle Tennessee State and No. 60 Virginia. The individuals in the field are James Sacheck of TCU, Eric Shriver of Pepperdine, Joel Sjoholm from Georgia State, Derek Tolan from Colorado, No. 45 Jurrian Van Der Vaart of Virginia Tech, and Dan Woltman of Wisconsin.

Live scoring for the NCAA Championships can be found at www.golfstat.com.