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2009 WCC Men's and Women's Golf Championship Preview

April 9, 2009

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WCC TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

The 2009 WCC Men's and Women's Golf Championships will take place this Monday and Tuesday, April 13th and 14th, at the Hiddenbrooke Golf Course in Vallejo, CA. The men's tournament will feature Gonzaga, LMU, Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary's, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara. On the women's side, participating schools include: Gonzaga, Pepperdine, Portland, San Francisco and Santa Clara.

For All-Access Coverage of the Golf Championships, make sure to tune in to the WCC's Golf Tournament Central page, which will feature Live Tournament Scoring and Live Video Recaps of the tournament done by the WCC's very own WCCTV Student Media Crew. WCCTV will cover all eight men's teams and five women's teams throughout the duration of the tournament with morning previews, afternoon updates, and evening wrap-ups.

Hiddenbrooke Golf Course
1095 Hiddenbrooke Pkwy | Vallejo, CA | 94591
Solano County, Northern California
Admission: FREE!

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AROUND THE WCC

Women's Golf Player of the Month: Miki Ueoka, Santa Clara University
Santa Clara sophomore Miki Ueoka earned her second consecutive WCC Player of the Month honor. Ueoka, who was the league's February Player of the Month, took home her third career title, winning the individual medalist honor at the Sacramento State Invitational on March 24, leading the Broncos to the team championship.

Men's Golf Player of the Month: Andrew Putnam, Pepperdine University
Pepperdine sophomore Andrew Putnam also earned his second consecutive WCC Player of the Month honor after recording three top 20 showings during the month of March, including two in the top 10. Putnam began the month by tying for sixth place at the General Jim Hackler Invitational with a (+4) 220 and then broke even with a 216 at the Oregon Duck Invitational that placed him fourth overall. He finished tied for 19th at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate with a (+11) 224.

2008 ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
Women's All-WCC
Jayvie Agojo, PEP
Leanne Bowditch, PEP
Danielle Cvitanov, USF
Stephanie Gelleni, PEP
Taylore Karle, PEP
Taryn Kuida, POR
Natasha Podmore, USF
Jessica Potter, USF
Christina Stockton, USF
Corey Utsurogi, SCU

Co-Players of the Year: Leanne Bowditch & Taylore Karle, PEP
Freshman of the Year: Taylore Karle, PEP
Coach of the Year: Laurie Gibbs, PEP

Men's All-WCC
Chadd Cocco, SMC
Chris Cunningham, USF
Jason D'Amore, LMU
Darrin Hall, USD
Brian Locke, LMU
Terence Macatangay, POR
Michael McRae, SMC
Andrew Putnam, PEP
Scott Travers, SCU
Jake Yount, USD

Player of the Year: Jake Yount, USD
Freshman of the Year: Andrew Putnam, PEP
Tri-Coaches of the Year: Bill Winter, POR; Scott Hardy, SMC; Tim Mickelson, USD


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES
  • The Gonzaga men's team looks to improve upon its eighth place WCC finish last year. Only two golfers return, junior Derek Cheney and sopho¬more Kyle Huus, who tied for 22nd and 38th, respectively.

  • GU posted its third undefeated conference season, becoming the only school since the WCC moved to its current eight team alignment in 1980-81 to accomplish the feat three times.

  • Huus has led the Bulldogs this season to two top-10 finishes. Huus tied for 17th in the Zags' last competition, the Triumph Invitational in Pauma Valley, CA.

  • On the women's side, three Bulldogs return this year: sophomores Rachel Sibbitt and Sage Suffecool and senior Elizabeth Jarrett. In last year's individual race, these three golfers finished in 11th, 19th, and 24th place, respectively.

  • The Zags will be looking to their two new additions, freshmen Stephanie Corey and Jessica Howe, to post good numbers. Corey tied for fourth at this year's Bronco Fall Invitational, while Howe recently placed 16th at the NIU Snowbird Intercollegiate.
  • LMU finished fourth in last year's WCC Championships. Member of the 2008 Men's All-WCC team and 2007 WCC Player of the Year Brian Locke is the only Lion returning to have placed in the tournament's top-20.

  • Locke continues to pace the Lions, leading LMU to seven top-10 finishes this year. Locke currently has 33 top-20 finishes under his career belt, one of which includes a tie for second at the 2009 Triumph Invitational.

  • Sophomore John Lim has been instrumental in LMU's success this year. Lim led the Lions to a first place finish at the 2009 Triumph Invitational as he shot a final round score of 287 to win the individual title by a convincing 14 strokes.

  • Senior Greg Moss and freshman Jake Sarnoff have 10 top-20 finishes between the two, including a fourth place finish for Sarnoff at the Bill Cullum Invitational.
  • The Pepperdine men's team looks to take back the WCC team title from San Diego, after tying for second place with Saint Mary's in last year's competition. Pepperdine has won 14 WCC Golf Championships.

  • Sophomore Andrew Putnam continues to put up solid performances for Pepperdine, notching seven top-10 finishes to lead the Waves to no lower than eighth place in all their tournaments. Putnam is ranked No. 24 in the nation by Golfweek. Redshirt freshman Josh Anderson has also led the Waves in three tournaments this season, with his best finish--3rd place--at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in New Mexico.

  • 2008 Co-Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year Taylore Karle continues her impressive career with the women's program, finishing in the top-10 three times this season. Karle stands at No. 29 in the nation, while the Pepperdine women's team holds the No. 12 national ranking in the latest Golfweek listings.
  • Portland will have four returning golfers from last year, including junior Terence Macatangay, who tied for seventh in last year's WCC Champion¬ships. Macatangay led the Pilots at the Bill Cullum Invitational where he tied for 12th place.

  • Sophomore Justin Smithhisler has turned in consistent results for Portland, being either the top or second finisher for the Pilots in all tournaments this season.

  • The Portland women's team tied with Santa Clara in last year's WCC Tournament. The Pilots' top finisher and member of the 2008 WCC all-conference team, senior Taryn Kuida, returns.

  • Kuida and junior teammate Paige Rachor have led the team all season. Kuida has posted three top-20 finishes, while Rachor has brought in two. Their efforts have led the Pilots to four top-10 finishes out of seven tournaments.
  • The Saint Mary's golf team enters this year's golf tournament after tying for second place last year, its best finish since 2005. The Gaels have had three runner-up finishes in the last five seasons.

  • Saint Mary's will be without its top finisher from last season, Chadd Cocco, who tied for first in the individual race. However, the team will return two of its top competitors, juniors Daniel Cone and Robert McRae.

  • Cone and McRae finished 22nd and 29th in last year's championships. Cone had a top finish of 12th at the Western Intercollegiate, while McRae had a couple of top 10 finishes this season, coming in second at the Mardi Gras Invitational and ninth at the Saint Mary's Invitational.

  • As a team, Saint Mary's has had two top-10 finishes this season, coming in at fifth at the Mardi Gras Invitational and eighth at the Barona Collegiate Cup.
  • San Diego took home the men's WCC Championship title last year. The Toreros were led by 2008 Player of the Year, senior Jake Yount, who won the individual title in a sudden death playoff round against Saint Mary's Chadd Cocco.

  • The Toreros own a team scoring average of 288.8 (26 rounds). They have had seven top-10 finishes in their last nine tournaments, four of which were top-five team finishes, including the team title at the Kauai Collegiate Invitational.

  • Senior Blake Trimble and freshman Alex Ching have been the Toreros' top performers this season. Trimble turned in three top-10 places, finishing tied for second at the Bay Area Shootout, fifth at the Barona Collegiate, and seventh at the Kauai Collegiate. Ching competed in a team-best 28 rounds this year and owns the team's best scoring average of 71.96. He has turned in four top-10 performances.
  • San Francisco dropped its WCC Tournament opening round game to Pepperdine, 93-85.

  • The San Francisco men's golf team will be returning junior Chris Cunning¬ham, who tied for third place in last season's WCC Championships individual race. As a team, the Dons finished in seventh place.

  • Two Dons that have been added to the roster and have made an immediate impact on the program are redshirt junior Domingo Jojola and freshman Ji Hwan Park. Jojola has led the Dons throughout the season, claiming the individual title at the Saint Mary's Invitational, while Hwan Park won his first USF career title at the 2009 Rice Intercollegiate.

  • Finishing in second place in last year's WCC Championships, the San Francisco women's team looks to take the WCC title this year with help from members of the 2008 All-WCC team, juniors Danielle Cvitanov, Christina Stockton, and Natasha Podmore.

  • The women's golf team is currently ranked No. 25 in the nation by Golfweek.
  • The Santa Clara men's golf team has been led this season by senior Jonathan Keane and junior Jimmy Cacho. Keane is the top returner for the Broncos at this year's tournament, tying for 14th in last year's WCC Championships. Both Keane and Cacho have placed in the top-20 four times each. Keane has had three top-10 finishes, while Cacho has posted two.

  • The Santa Clara women's golf team still continues to be paced by sophomore Miki Ueoka. Ueoka has posted five top-10 finishes this season, featuring three individual career titles. Fresh¬man Meaghan Kari has had an impressive season as well, placing in the top-10 three times. Their efforts have helped bring the Broncos to six top-10 finishes in the last seven tournaments.

  • The Broncos ended last year's WCC Championships tied for third with Portland. They will be coming into this year's Championships with some momentum from their big win at the Sac¬ramento State Invitational.