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WCC Golf Notes

March 14, 2007

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WCC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

The West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Golf Championships travel to La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, CA. The two-day event will take place on Monday, April 16 through Tuesday, April 17th. This season marks the 40th annual men's championship and the 11th annual women's championship.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

MEN'S SCHEDULE
Cuesta Title Men's Intercollegiate (3/28-3/30)
Loyola Marymount
San Francisco

Cal Poly Invitational (3/29-3/30)
Gonzaga
Portland

National Invitational Tournament(4/2-4/3)
Pepperdine

Pacific Coast Invitational (4/2-4/3)
Saint Mary's
San Diego
Santa Clara

WOMEN'S SCHEDULE
Duck Invitational (3/26-3/27)
Gonzaga
San Francisco

Ping/ASU Invitational (3/30-4/1)
Pepperdine

Duels - Harvard (3/29)
San Francisco
Santa Clara

AROUND THE WCC

With Honors
The WCC welcomes back several of the conference's top golfers from the 2006 season. Eight of the 11 women's golfers who earned All-WCC honors last season return to their respective teams, while seven of the 10 men's top golfers return in 2007. Below are the student-athletes who earned All-WCC last season with the returning players in bold.

2006 Women's All-Conference Team
Jayvie Agojo, Pepperdine
Leanne Bowditch, Pepperdine

Marina Choi, Pepperdine
Kristin Nichols, San Francisco
Jessica Potter, San Francisco

Carolina Llano, Pepperdine
Mary Kate Morgan, Gonzaga
Sydney Roughton, San Francisco
Megan Stoddart, Santa ClaraEileen Vargas, PepperdineEloise Vincencio, San Francisco

Honorable Mention

Molly Edmunds, POR; Casey Gee, USF; Lacey Jo Manwaring, GON; Candice Palmer, SCU; Samantha Trask, SCU

2006 Men's All-Conference Team
Chadd Cocco, Saint Mary's
Alex Coe, Pepperdine
Jason D'Amore, Loyola Marymount
Josh Escobedo, Loyola Marymount
Jesse Galvon, San Francisco

Ryan Gonzalez, San Francisco
Domingo Jojola, San Francisco
Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount
Mike McRae, Saint Mary's

Michael Nicoletti, Santa Clara

Honorable Mention
Bucky Coe, USD; Michael Baird, PEP; John Colyar, SCU; Matt Jacobsen, POR; Eric Lillibridge, SCU; Tim Lynch, SCU

Pepperdine's Misun Cho Named To Golf World's Mid-Season All-Freshman Team
Pepperdine's Misun Cho was named to Golf World's Mid-Season All-Freshman team, it was announced on Friday. The Waves' rookie also earned honorable mention as the "Best Player You've Never Heard Of." Golf World's also predicted Cho has a chance to be Pepperdine's next great international player, joining a long list of Waves who have earned All-American honors under head coach Laurie Gibbs.

Pepperdine Ranked As One Of Top 10 Colleges For Golf
For the second straight year, Pepperdine's men's and women's golf programs have been listed as one of the top 10 golf programs in the country by Golf Digest. Pepperdine is one of seven schools to have both its men's and women's teams ranked in the Top 10, joining Duke, Rollins, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Wake Forest.

WCC February Golfers Of The Month Selected
Pepperdine freshman Misun Cho and San Francisco sophomore Domingo Jojola were selected as the WCC February Golfers of the Month after capturing individual medalist honors during the month. Cho shot a final-round 2-under par 69 to claim individual medalist honors and helped the No. 9 Pepperdine women's golf team to a victory at the prestigious Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. Jojola shot a third round 71 to win medalist honors with a 54 hole total of four under 212 at the UC Irvine Anteater Invitational.

WCC TEAM NOTES

Gonzaga Bulldogs
- Brandon Crick, in a five-way tie for first after the first round at the Braveheart Classic, finished in a five-way tie for sixth at 228 over the 6,916-yard, par 72 Oak Valley Golf Course on March 6th.

- Senior Mary Kate Morgan shot a pair of 74's to finish tied for third at the Red Rocks Invitational Women's Golf Tournament on March 4th.

- Morgan had rounds of 76-77-74 for a 54-hole total of 227 to tie for third place at last year's WCC Championship to earn All-WCC honors. Morgan joined Lisa Wasinger as the highest Bulldog finisher at the WCC Championships and the only golfers in program history to earn All-WCC accolades. Wasinger also tied for third in the inaugural WCC Championship in 1997.

- The GU women travel to Oregon on March 26-27th, while the Bulldog men next compete at the Cal Poly invitational on March 29-30th.

Loyola Marymount Lions
- Sophomore Brian Locke, who took home individual medalist honors at last year's WCC Championship, has continued to impress in his second season at LMU. Locke took home individual title honors at both the Bill Cullum Intercollegiate and the Hawaii Fall Intercollegiate, leading the Lions to back-to-back tournament victories for the first time in program history.

- After leading the Lions to their first ever NCAA Men's Golf National Championship appearance last season, Locke was named Honorable Mention All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Locke is the first-ever men's golfer from LMU to earn All-America honors.

- LMU won the program's first-ever West Coast Conference Championship last season at Saddlecreek Golf Course in Copperopolis, Calif. The Lions finished with a three-round 872, five-strokes better than second place San Francisco to take home the WCC crown and the automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.

Pepperdine Waves
- Freshman Misun Cho shot a final-round 2-under par 69 to claim individual medalist honors and help the No. 9 Pepperdine women's golf team to a victory at the prestigious Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge on February 14th. Cho is ranked No. 13 in the latest Golfweek ratings.

- The Wave women, who have finished no lower than fifth in every tournament this season, are ranked No. 4 in the latest Golfweek rankings and are listed as the second best team in the west, trailing only Arizona State, which is ranked No. 2

- The Pepperdine men's golf team is the highest rated team among WCC teams, checking in at No. 39 in the latest Golfweek rankings.

- Junior Eric Shriver shot a final-round even-par 72 to total a 54-hole score of 3-under par 213 to tie for eighth place at the General Jim Hackler Championship on March 12th.

Portland Pilots
- Portland senior Jake Easterly finished eight strokes off the pace to tie for sixth place as the Pilot men tied for fourth as a team at the Braveheart Classic on March 6th. The fourth place finish was the Pilots best final result of the spring season.

- On the women's side, Portland freshman Paige Rachor fired a 160 to tie for 16th place and help lead the Pilots to a fourth-place finish at the Lady Braveheart Challenge on February 13th. The fourth place finish is the Pilots top showing this season.

- Molly Edmunds carded a 239 for Portland and finished 13th individually at last year's WCC Championship to earn honorable mention All-WCC honors.

- On the men's side, Matt Jacobsen earned a top 10 finish and honorable mention All-WCC honors after leading the Pilots to a sixth-place showing at the 2006 WCC Men's Golf Championships.

Saint Mary's Gaels
- The Saint Mary's men's golf team captured the title at the USF Triumph at Pauma Valley with scores of 283-290-280 for a total score of 853 (+1) at the Pauma Valley Country Club on March 13th.

- Junior Mike McRae posted a final round 69 (-2) at the USF Triumph and took home medalist honors for the first time in his career.

- In the field of 16 teams, Saint Mary's played better than four schools from the WCC, besting San Diego (866), Loyola Marymount (893), Santa Clara (900) and USF (903).

- Freshman Daniel Cone fired a career-low 66 in the final round of the USF Triumph. Cone's 66 marks the lowest round on the team.

- Mike McRae leads the Gaels with a 71.7 stroke average.

San Diego Toreros
- The USD men's golf team shot a final day team score of 291 and finished alone in 4th place out of 16 teams competing in the inaugural USF Triumph on March 13th. The fourth place finish is the Toreros second consecutive top five showing and their fifth of the season.

- Sophomore Darrin Hall fired a final round 70 to finish at 211 (2-under par) and tied for second place to lead the Toreros at the USF Triumph. Junior Bucky Coe joined Hall in the top 10, finishing in 6th place alone at 214.

- The Toreros placed 2nd out of 15 teams at the 2007 Callaway Golf Invitational on March 6th.

- Hall, who leads San Diego with a 72.00 stroke average, has notched four top five showings this season, including tying for first at the Hawaii Fall Intercollegiate. Hall has fired four rounds in the 60's and has shot par or better on 14 occasions.

San Francisco Dons
- USF junior Jessica Potter posted a top-10 finish in her first tournament of the spring at the 2007 Papa John's Collegiate. Potter, a 2006 All-WCC honoree, tied for third at the 2006 WCC Championship and qualified as an individual for the NCAA Division I West Regional where she posted a score of 230 (75, 77, 78) finishing tied for 37th.

- Freshman Natasha Podmore carded a three round total of 230 (77, 76, 77) to finish in fourth place at the Papa John's Collegiate to lead the Dons to a fifth place showing.

- Sophomore Domingo Jojola was named West Coast Conference Golfer of the Month for February. Jojola was the individual medalist in the UC Irvine Anteater Invitational with a four-under par 212.

- Jojola leads the Don men with 13 rounds of par or better.

Santa Clara Broncos
- The Santa Clara men's team finished 11th at the USF Triumph on March 13th.

- Freshman Jimmy Cacho has been the Broncos most consistent performer of late, posting back-to-back top 30 finishes at the Callaway Golf Invitational and at the USF Triumph. Cacho ranks second on the team with a stroke average of 73.25.

- The SCU women's team finished with a season-high third place showing at the Lady Braveheart Challenge on February 13th. Corey Utsurogi led the Broncos with a two-round total of 159 to tie for 14th place.

- Senior Samantha Trask, an All-WCC honorable mention performer last year, has been Santa Clara's most consistent performer this season, posting a team-best 77.33 stroke average, and notching three top 20 showings.