April 18, 2006
COPPEROPOLIS, Calif. - Gonzaga University junior Mary Kate Morgan shot a final-round 74 on Tuesday to tie for third place in the West Coast Conference Women's Golf Championship, matching the highest individual placing ever for the Bulldogs.
Morgan had rounds of 76-77-74 for a 54-hole total of 227 over the 5,823-yard, par 72 Saddle Creek Golf Course layout. She tied with Jessica Potter of the University of San Francisco.
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.
"Mary Kate believed she could win the tournament," Gonzaga head coach Robert Gray said. "If she would have been able to shave a couple of strokes off each of the first two rounds she would have been right there going into the final round. She's got another chance next year to do it."
Jayvie Agojo of tournament champion Pepperdine University captured medalist honors with a 221 after rounds of 76-70-75. That was good for a 2-stroke victory over teammate Carolina Llano.
Lacey Jo Manwaring finished 14th for the Bulldogs at 245, Lauren Phillips tied for 18th at 249 and Sarah Sheffield tied for 21st at 252. Jennifer Swanson, who withdrew after five holes of Monday's second round because of a sore back, returned to the course on Tuesday to try and help the team score and shot an 87.
Morgan was named to the All-WCC first team and 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.
In the team chase Gonzaga claimed fourth place with a 973. Pepperdine captured the team title for the eighth time in the 10-year history of the event with an 899 and a 25-stroke victory over USF.