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WCC Men's & Women's Golf Notes

March 12, 2008

Players of the Month

Men's Golf - Scott Travers, Santa Clara University
Scott Travers started the month of February at the Hilo Invitational in Hawaii where he posted rounds of 70, 69, and a final round 66 which tied for the low round of the day and helped move the Broncos up three spots in the final results. At the UC Irvine Anteater Invitational, Travers shot out to a four-stroke lead after the first two rounds, with two consecutive 68's, putting him at eight-under. In the final round of the tournament, Travers shot even par, tying him for first and sending him to playoffs where he drained a 30-footer on the third playoff hole to win the tournament. His win helped pace the Broncos to a first place finish of their own.

Women's Golf - Taylore Karle, Pepperdine University
Taylore Karle continued her very strong freshman season with two top five finishes in the first two tournaments of the spring. She had a season-best tie for second at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge (3-over 216), and then tied for fifth at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational (7-over 220). Her stroke average over the six rounds was 72.67. She is currently ranked 13th nationally by Golfweek/Sagarin and 15th by Golfstat.

UPCOMING EVENTS

MEN'S
Kauai Collegiate Cup - (3/14-3/15)

Gonzaga

Ron Moore Invitational - (3/21-3/21)
San Diego

National Invitational Tournament - (3/23-3/25)
Pepperdine

Oregon Duck Invitational - (3/24-3/25)
Portland

Western Intercollegiate - (3/26-3/27)
Saint Mary's
Santa Clara

Ogio Pacific Coast Intercollegiate - (3/30-4/1)
Loyola Marymount
San Francisco

WOMEN'S
Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational - (3/17-3/19)

Gonzaga

Cal State Bakersfield Tournament - (3/17-3/18)
Portland

NCAA West Regional Preview - (3/30-4/1)
San Francisco

TEAM NOTES

Gonzaga Bulldogs

-The Gonzaga men's team got the spring season off to a solid start with an eighth place finish at the Braveheart Classic.

-Sophomore Derek Cheney led the Bulldogs with a final score of 228 (76-75-77), good for an 11th place finish. Fellow sophomore, Brandon Crick, finished just behind Cheney tied for 17th place and a final score of 230.

-A week after failing to break 80 through 54 holes of golf in the spring opener, the women's team bounced back to win the UC Santa Cruz Invite with a team score of 640. The Zags were one of only two teams to finish under 700 in the seven-team field..

-Freshman Sage Suffecool won her first collegiate tournament with rounds of 78-77 for 155 and a 1-stroke victory over Corey Utsurogi of SCU. Senior Sarah Sheffield wasn't far behind and finished third with 161 after rounds of 84-77.

Loyola Marymount Lions

-A final round of 288 helped the Loyola Marymount men's golf team to an ninth place finish at the 2008 Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic.

-Jason D'Amore led the Lions with a final round 67, the best among the 104-man field that day, to move from a tie at 37th into a tie for 11th, his 27th career top-20 finish.

-Junior Brian Locke also posted a top-20 finish for the 28th time in his career with a three-round 213. He finished in a tie for 14th, posting rounds of 72, 68 and 73.

-Earlier this month, the Lions finished eighth at the USC Collegiate Invitational, placing higher than three top-50 teams, to bring LMU's ranking from 78 to 67.

-Next up the Lions will compete in the Ogio Pacifc Coast Intercollegiate held at Rancho San Marcos Golf Club March 30-April 1.

Pepperdine Waves

-The Pepperdine men's golf team earned an impressive 4th place finish at the USC Invitational followed by a 10th place showing at the Jim Hackler Invitational.

-Senior Jesse Barnsley was the Waves high finisher for both tournaments, finishing 11th and 10th, respectively. Barnsley began the final round in a tie for 18th place, but shot a final round 72 to move up eight spots at the Jim Hackler Invitational.

-The women's team finished in 10th place at the UCF Challenge with a final score of 880. Pepperdine finished better than sixth-ranked Arkansas, 13th-ranked Oklahoma State, 14th-ranked Tennessee and five other lesser-ranked schools.

-February Player of the Month, Taylore Karle led the Waves with a 7th place finish.

-The Waves travel to the NIT (3/23-25) while the women will compete at the ASU Invite (4/4-5).

Portland Pilots

-The Portland men's team played their best golf so far this season to finish 10th at the Fresno State Lexus Classic.

-Sophomore Terence Macatangay, who tied for 20th overall, was Portland's top finisher with a two-under 214. Freshman Justin Smithhisler finished just a stroke back of Macatangay in 27th place.

-The Pilots women's team opened the 2008 spring schedule by tying for seventh place at the Lady Braveheart Classic with a total score of 658.

-Sophomore Paige Rachor followed an opening round of 78 with an 85 and was Portland's top individual finisher. Her 163 (+19) tied for 21st place overall. Junior Taryn Kuida finished one stroke behind Rachor with a 164 (80-84), which tied her for 25th overall.

Saint Mary's Gaels

-The Saint Mary's men's golf team opened the spring season with a third place finish at the Callaway Golf Invitational.

-The Gaels' posted rounds of 287-292-283 for a 54-hole total of 862. In the final, five-under -par round, four of the five Gaels posted rounds of even-par or better..-Brothers Mike and Robert McRae posted rounds of 2-under par 70, while Chadd Cocco shot 71 and Josh Kelley finished up at even par 72.

-Mike McRae jumped from a tie for 10th to finish tied for 6th following his 2-under par round on the final day while Cocco's 70 helped him finish tied for eighth place overall with a 1-over par 217.

-The Gaels will return to action on Sunday, March 16 at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate.

San Diego Toreros

-The host USD Toreros placed second out of fifteen teams at the 2008 USD Callaway Golf Invitational with a final round team score of 285 to finish at 861 overall.

-Freshman Gunner Wiebe tied for 3rd place at 213 (70-70-73), while junior Blake Trimble finished tied for 6th at 216 (69-74-73).

-Rounding out San Diego players competing in the team event were Jason Shano (t-11th at 218; 69-81-68), Darrin Hall (t-25th at 223; 76-70-77) and Jake Yount (t-43rd at 227.

-Next up the Toreros will compete in the Barona Collegiate (3/17-18) before travelling to Arizona for the Ron Moore Invitational (3/21-23).

San Francisco Dons

-The San Francisco men's golf team posted a total score of 606 to finish sixth in the Hargrove B. Davis Invitational.

-Junior Kurt Nino was the top individual finisher for the Dons, coming in 11th with a total score of 146. Sophomore Chris Cunningham ended up in 28th with a final score of 150 (73-77).

-USF women's golf shot its lowest round of the season for the second consecutive day posting a 290 in round two of the 2008 UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational Tuesday.

-Sophomore Christina Stockton shares third place on the leader board with 36 holes in the books at 141 (69, 72) after shooting even par on Tuesday. Senior Jessica Potter turned in the best round of the day for the Dons with a two-under 70, vaulting into a share of 10th place at 141 (73, 70).

Santa Clara Broncos

-The Santa Clara men's golf team finished 15th overall at the Fresno State Lexus Classic.

-WCC Player of the Month Scott Travers followed up his impressive, playoff win last tournament with a fourth place finish, shooting a six-under over the three round tournament.

-The Bronco women's golf team took second place at this week's UCSC Spring Invite in Santa Cruz.

-Corey Utsurogi led the Broncos with a second place finish at +12, just one shot out of first place. Hilaire Fouts notched her first top-ten finish of the year, coming in 10th with a score of 166.

-The women now take a month off before competing in the Peg Barnard Invitational at Stanford while the men travel to Santa Cruz for the Western Intercollegiate (3/25-26).