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2008 WCC Golf Championship Preview

April 9, 2008



Ogio Pacific Coast Intercollegiate (3/31-4/1)

Loyola Marymount - 5th

San Francisco - 9th

Colorado Stevinson Ranch Invitational (4/7-4/8)

Gonzaga - 11th

Loyola Marymount - 5th

Saint Mary's - 2nd

San Francisco - 10th

Morris Williams Intercollegiate (4/7-4/8)

San Diego - 14th


NCAA West Preview (3/31-4/1)

San Francisco - 16th

Santa Clara - 18th

PING Arizona State Invitational (4/4-4/5)

Pepperdine - 11th

Wyoming Cowgirl Classic (4/7-4/8)

Gonzaga - 12th

Matador Spring Classic (4/7-4/8)

Portland - 4th


Gonzaga Bulldogs

-Last year's WCC Freshman of the Year, Brandon Crick, has led the Gonzaga men's team to five top-10 tournament finishes so far this season.

-Crick has claimed four top-10 individual finishes this season, including a tournament title at the University of Hawaii Shootout at Angel Park.

-Senior Trevor Loe, a 2007 WCC Honorable Mention and Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar, has also helped to pace the Zags this season, consistently finishing in the top-25.

-With a young roster, the Gonzaga women's team has been led by a pair of freshman this season. Rachel Sibbitt and Sage Suffecool have turned in impressive performances at all events thus far, highlighted by Suffecool's tournament crown at the UCSC Invitational, leading the Zags to the team title.

Loyola Marymount Lions

-2007 WCC Player of the Year, Brian Locke, continues to pace the Lions during his junior year, leading LMU to four top-10 finishes.

-Locke currently has 29 top-20 finishes under his career belt and can regularly be found in the national top-100 rankings. The junior recorded a season-best eight-under-par, second place finish in the 2008 UCI Anteater Invitational.

-Senior Jason D'Amore, who finished just two strokes behind Locke in the 2007 WCC Championship and joined him on the All-Conference team, has also played an important role in the Lions success this season. D'Amore has finished no lower than 21st during the 2008 season, including a fourth place finish, at the 2008 UCI Anteater Invitational.

-Juniors Greg Moss and Bryan Martin have also contributed to the LMU program with six top-20 finishes between the two, including a fifth place finish for Martin at the ClubGlove Intercollegiate.

Pepperdine Waves

-Freshman Andrew Putnam has turned in a dominating first year for the Waves, notching three top-5 finishes to lead the Waves to finish no lower than 10th in all tournaments. Putnam currently ranks 22nd in the nation as designated by Golfweek.

-Senior Jesse Barnsley has consistently finished atop the individual standings for the Waves, highlighted by a 12-under-par, first-place finish at the William Tucker Intercollegiate. Barnsley also holds a national ranking, checking in at No. 57 on the Golfweek rankings.

-Freshman Taylore Karle has taken a commanding lead of the women's program, leading the Waves to six top-10 finishes so far this season. In all eight tournaments Pepperdine has participated in, Karle has been the top individual finisher, including a second place finish at the Northrop Grumman Invitational. Karle is also currently ranked 11th in the nation by Golfweek.

Portland Pilots

-Sophomore Terence Macatangay has led the Pilots this season with five top-20 finishes, and two top-10 finishes, including a fifth place tie as Portland claimed the team title at the Santa Clara Invitational.

-Freshman Justin Smithhisler ties Macantagay with five top-20 finishes on the season thus far and consistently shoots team-low rounds during tournament play. Also contributing to Portland's successs this season is senior Joel Johnson, with three top-20 individual finishes and two top-10 finishes.

-Leading the women's team this season is sophomore Paige Rachor, with four top-20 finishes this season, featuring a third place finale at the San Diego State Aztec Fall Classic.

-Taryn Kuida, a member of the 2007 WCC All-Conference Team, has also helped to pace the Pilots this season with two top-20 finishes.

Saint Mary's Gaels

-Brothers and 2007 WCC All-Conference teammates, Mike and Robert McRae and a pair of standout seniors in Chad Cocco and Josh Kelley, have led the No. 43 Gaels throughout the season.

-Senior Mike McRae boasts a team-leading stroke average of 71.5 and has finished in second place in his last two tournament appearances, at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate and the 62nd Annual Western Intercollegiate

-Josh Kelley posts the second-lowest stroke average on the team with a 72.5 and has recorded three top-20 finishes this season, including a second place finish at the 2008 USD Callaway Golf Invitational. Chad Cocco sits just behind Kelley with a 72.7 stroke average and came in eighth at the USD Invitational.

-Robert McRae offers a 72.9 stroke average that helped lead the Gaels to six top-five team finishes.

San Diego Toreros

-The USD golf team has posted five top-10 finishes so far this season, including a second place finish at their own USD Callaway Golf Invitational.

-Junior Darrin Hall returns to the WCC championships after earning a spot on the 2007 all-conference team after finishing in fifth place at last year's championship event.

-Freshman Jason Shano has emerged as one of the Toreros' leading scorers and consistently placing in the top 30 on the tournament leaderboards.

-Junior Blake Trimble has also played a large role in the Toreros' success this season, finishing several tournaments as USD's top individual finisher and was recently named WCC Co-Men's Golfer of the Month for the month of February.

San Francisco Dons

-Junior Kurt Nino leads the Dons this season, as he has conistently finished in the individual top-15 so far this season, with an impressive 10th place finish at the 2008 Pinehurst Invitational.

-Sophomore Conor McElyea has also helped pace the Dons this season, contributing a team high 33 pars at the Pinehurst Invitational and placing sixth at the Ogio Pacific Coast Intercollegiate.

-Senior Jessica Potter and sophomore Christina Stockton have paced the women's team this season after earning spots on last year's all-conference team. Potter looks to become just the second female golfer in WCC history to be named to the all-conference team three times, after Pepperdine's Leanne Bowditch (2005-2007).

-Sophomore Danielle Cvitanov has helped lead the lady Dons this season with several top-20 finishes, including a 15th place performance at the NCAA West Regional Preview.

Santa Clara Broncos

-The Santa Clara men's golf team has been led by sophomore and January WCC Player of the Month, Scott Travers. Travers has recorded several top-15 finishes, highlighed by his tournament title at the UCI Anteater Invitational which led the Broncos to also claim the team tournament crown.

-Sophomore Jimmy Cacho has helped pace Santa Clara with two top-10 finishes, including a fourth place finale just behind Travers in the UCI Anteater Invitational.

-Corey Utsurogi, a 2007 WCC Honorable Mention has led the Broncos to four top-10 finishes this season. Utsurogl's second-place showing also led the team to a second-place finish at the UCSC Spring Invitational. She is also joined by fellow 2007 honorable mention returner, Hilarie Fouts.

-Freshman Miki Ueoka has quickly become an asset to the SCU team as she has recorded four top-10 finishes.