April 14, 2008
Tacoma, WA - WCC men's and women's golf teams wrapped up the first day of action at the WCC Golf Championships at Chambers Bay Golf Course in Tacoma, WA on Monday. San Diego holds a nine-stroke lead over Loyola Marymount in the men's championship, while Pepperdine jumped out to a commanding lead in the women's championship.
San Diego's Darrin Hall led the Toreros on the first day of competition, finishing the day tied for the first place with a 36-hole score of 142 (-2). Fellow Torero Dale Smith currently resides in third place, just one stroke back of Hall at 143 (-1), while Jake Yount rounded out the San Diego golfers in the top four with a two round score of 144 (E) to finish the first day in fourth place. The Toreros lead the field after shooting rounds of 286 and 294 for a total of 580 (+4).
Loyola Marymount sits in second place with a team score of 589 (+13), and has been led by Jason D'Amore, who wrapped up the first day tied atop the individual leader board with a two round total of 142 (-2). Saint Mary's finished the first day tied for third place with defending champion Pepperdine, after each squad shot 591 (+15) through the first two rounds. Santa Clara sits in fifth place with a score of 597 (+21), while Portland is in sixth place with a score of 601 (+25). San Francisco and Gonzaga reside in seventh and eighth place after shooting two round scores of 607 (+31) and 612 (+36), respectively.
The Waves raced out to a 19-stroke advantage through two rounds on the women's side, putting together a team score of 598 (+22) on the first day of action. Taylore Karle led the way for Pepperdine, shooting rounds of 71 and 73 to finish in the top individual spot with a score of 144 (E). Teammate Leanne Bowditch was right on Karle's heels, wrapping up the first day in second place with a total of 147 (+3). Stephanie Gelleni rounded out the Waves among the top four, closing out Monday in fourth place with a two round total of 155 (+11).
San Francisco wrapped up action in second place with a team score of 617 (+41), and was led by Jessica Potter's third place score of 152 (+8). Santa Clara sits in third place in the team standings after shooting 634 (+58), and Bronco Hilaire Fouts finished the day tied for fourth place with USF's Natasha Podmore after posting a two round score of 155 (+11). Portland enters the final round in fourth place with a team total of 650 (+74), while Gonzaga rounds out the teams on the women's side with a score of 659 (+83).
WCC teams conclude championship play on Tuesday with a final round at Chambers Bay Course in Tacoma, WA.