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LMU, Pepperdine Compete At NCAA Championship

May 30, 2006

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NCAA MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
Crosswater Golf Course - Sunriver, Oregon
University of Portland
May 31-June 3

Four WCC men's golf teams were selected to compete in the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's West Regional. Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, San Diego, and Santa Clara advanced to the West Regional team competition, while Saint Mary's Chad Cocco was selected to compete as an individual. LMU, which earned the WCC's automatic bid by winning the WCC Championship, made the most of the program's first-ever NCAA Regional appearance, tying for sixth place to advance to the NCAA Championship in Sunriver, Ore., on May 31 - June 4. The Pepperdine Waves will join the Lions at the NCAA Championships, hosted by the University of Portland at the Crosswater Golf Course, after tying for ninth place at the West Regional.

WCC CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP

The Pepperdine women's golf team rolled to its fifth straight conference title, and the LMU men's squad edged San Francisco to capture the program's first-ever title at the West Coast Conference Golf Championships at Saddle Creek Golf Course in Copperopolis, CA. The Wave women led from the opening round, shooting a 305 in Tuesday's final round to finish with a three-round score of 899, while the Loyola Marymount men's squad topped San Francisco by five strokes to capture the team title with an 872 mark.

San Francisco (877) took second place in the men's tournament, its highest finish since 2002, while Santa Clara (886) snagged its second straight third place finish. Saint Mary's (892) finished in fourth place, with Pepperdine (899) capturing fifth place and Portland (907) taking sixth. San Diego (922) and Gonzaga (928) rounded out the field in seventh and eighth place, respectively.

The Dons (924) notched their fifth straight second place finish in the women's tournament, while Santa Clara (952) placed third in the team standings. Gonzaga (973) finished fourth, and Portland (984) rounded out the women's standings in fifth place.

WCC TEAM NOTES

Gonzaga Bulldogs
- Gonzaga junior Mary Kate Morgan shot a final-round 74 at the WCC Championships to tie for third place, matching the highest individual placing ever for a Bulldog at the conference event. Morgan joined Lisa Wasinger as the highest Bulldog placer, Wasinger also tying for third in the inaugural WCC Championship in 1997. Morgan finished ninth last season.

- Morgan was named to the All-WCC first team and Lacey Jo Manwaring was accorded honorable mention recognition. Morgan, an honorable-mention selection last season, joins Wasinger as the only All-WCC first-team selections in Gonzaga history.

- The Bulldog men finished eighth at the WCC Championships with a team score of 928.

- Jimmy Hayes was the top finisher for the Bulldogs on the men's side at the WCC Championships, tying 16th with a final total of 226.

Loyola Marymount Lions
- On the heels of their first-ever WCC championship and the automatic bid that comes with it, Loyola Marymount tied for sixth place at the West Regional to advance to the NCAA Championship for the first time in program history.

- The Lions were the No. 25 seed at the 27-team West Regional field.

- LMU used a second-round 281, and a final round 282 to surge into the top 10 at the West Regional and advance to the NCAA Championships. The Lions' 281 was the team's best single round in a decade. Meanwhile, the Lions' three-round total of 847 smashes the previous record of 872 they set in April at the WCC championship.

- Freshman Brian Locke continued to lead the Lions, posting a three-round score of 10-under par 206 to tie for fifth place overall. In April, Locke became the first Lion to capture medalist honors at the WCC Championship.

Pepperdine Waves
- The Waves' women's team finished the season with a third place showing at the NCAA Championship, marking its third straight top five finish at the national championships. The third-place finish marked the sixth top 10 finish in seven overall appearances at the NCAA Championships.

- Junior Eileen Vargas led the Waves at the NCAA Championships, tying for fourth place. Vargas was tabbed a second team All-American by the National Golf Coaches Association.

- The Pepperdine men's golf team is making its second NCAA Championships appearance in the last three years and seventh overall after tying for ninth place at the NCAA West Regionals. The Waves captured the 1997 national championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Illinois.

- Pepperdine senior Alex Coe, one of five finalists for the prestigious Byron Nelson Award, shot a final-round 1-under 71 tie for 11th place to lead the Waves at the West Regional.

Portland Pilots
- The Portland men finished sixth at the WCC Championships, while the Pilot women took fifth.

- Sophomore Matt Jacobsen tied for ninth place to pace the Pilot men. Jacobsen carded a six-over par 222 to earn honorable mention All-WCC honors.

- Portland shot a team score of 907, the lowest 54-hole score of the year for the Pilots.

- Portland will host the 2006 NCAA Division-I Men's Golf Championships at Crosswater in Sunriver, Ore. on May 31-June 3.

- Sophomore Molly Edmunds carded a 239 for Portland and finished 13th individually to earn honorable mention All-WCC honors, while junior Ashley Williams tied for 15th overall at 247, and sophomore Kristin Howell tied for 18th at 249.

Saint Mary's Gaels
- The Saint Mary's men's golf team posted a final round score of 290 (+2) en route to a fourth place finish at the West Coast Conference Golf Championships.

- Mike McRae and Chadd Cocco finished the WCC Championship in fourth and ninth place, respectively, to earn All-WCC first team honors.

- Cocco was one of six golfers selected to compete in the NCAA West Regional as an individual. He finished the 54-hole event with a total score of 221 (+5), tied for 88th place, following rounds of 72, 72, and 77 from the 7,200-yard par-72 golf course.

- With Cocco's selection to the 2006 NCAA Championship, the Saint Mary's golf team has been represented in the last three NCAA Championships. Joe Lanza was selected as an individual in 2004 and the SMC golf team earned an at large berth into the 2005 NCAA Western Regional.

San Diego Toreros
- The San Diego Toreros, under the direction of third-year Head Coach Tim Mickelson, made the program's first-ever trip to an NCAA Regional, advancing to the West Regional.

- The Toreros concluded its inaugural trip the NCAA postseason shooting a final round of 299 to post a three-round score of 892, 11 over par, good for a 25th place finish among 27 teams.

- The Toreros are paced by sophomore Bucky Coe who boasts a team-best 73.38 stroke average.

- Coe carded a three-round score of 222 at the WCC Championships to tie for ninth place and earn All-WCC honorable mention status.

- Michael Berry carded a three-round score of 222 to lead USD at the West Regional.

San Francisco Dons
- USF sophomore Jessica Potter carded a three-round score of 230 to tie for 37th place at the 2006 NCAA Women's Golf West Regional.

- Potter is just the third golfer in program history to qualify for a regional as an individual and the first since 2001 WCC Championship Medalist Emilie Arnaud accomplished the feat in 2000.

- Four Don women earned All-WCC honors in Potter, Kristin Nichols, Sydney Roughton, and Eloise Vincencio.

- San Francisco recorded a three-round team score of 877 to take second place at the WCC men's golf championship, marking its highest finish since 2002.

- The Don men landed three players on the All-WCC team in Ryan Gonzalez, Jesse Galvon, and Domingo Jojola.

Santa Clara Broncos
- The SCU men advanced to their first-ever NCAA Regional, finishing 21st in the 27-team West Regional.

- Senior Eric Lillibridge led the Broncos with a total score of 214 to tie for 46th.

- Senior Michael Nicoletti earned All-WCC honors, while fellow senior John Colyar, junior Eric Lillibridge and sophomore Tim Lynch all were named All-WCC honorable mention. First-year Head Coach Rob Miller was named the WCC Co-Coach of the Year with LMU's Alex Galvan.

- The SCU women ended the 2005-06 season with their second-straight third-place performance at the WCC Championships.

- Megan Stoddart, a transfer from Hawai'i, earned All-WCC first team honors.