May 20, 2006
Tucson, AZ - Four West Coast Conference men's golf teams wrapped up NCAA West Regional play in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, with Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine posting top-10 finishes to advance the NCAA Championship. The Lions tied for sixth place among the 27-team field and will be making the program's first NCAA Championship appearance, while the Waves tied for ninth place to advance to the program's seventh NCAA Championship. Santa Clara finished the West Regional in 21st place, while San Diego wrapped up play in 25th place. The NCAA Championship will be held in Sunriver, Ore., May 31 - June 4.
The Lions, who claimed their first-ever WCC Championship in April, finished the NCAA West Regional with a 17-under par 847 to place in a tie for sixth among the 27-team field.
"I still can't believe what this team has accomplished. To finish 17-under par, in the top-10 of an NCAA regional after winning the conference is amazing," said Head Coach Alex Galvan. "With that said, I am also not surprised as I have been telling this group of guys all season that they are capable of so much. They really came through."
The Lions posted a third-round 282, six-under par. It is the second lowest single round in program history, one shy of Friday's 281. In addition, the three-round total of 847 smashes the previous record of 872 they set in April at the West Coast Conference championship. The final run by the Lions completes a Cinderella run in the regional as the Lions become one of the lowest seeded teams to ever advance. LMU was the 25th seed.
Freshman Brian Locke continued to lead the Lions, posting a three-under 69 in the final round to finish with a three-round score of 10-under par 206. In his first regional, the Los Angeles native finished in a four-way tie for fifth place overall. Locke finished with six birdies on the day and on the first nine he finished with a 33. He dominated the par-5 holes, going eight-under on the tournament.
Sophomore Jason D'Amore finished his three rounds with a final score of five-under 211, posting a three-under 69 on Saturday. He finished the day with four birdies and 13 pars as finished the three rounds in a three-way tie for 29th.
Led by sophomore Michael Baird's 4-under par 68, the Pepperdine men's golf team carded a final-round 7-under par 281 to tie for ninth place at the NCAA West Regional Championships and qualify for the NCAA Championships. The Waves tied Nevada with a 54-hole score of 13-under par 851 as they secured their seventh NCAA Championships appearance and first since 2004. The 109th NCAA Championships is slated for May 31 through June 3 at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.
"It was a good team effort," head coach John Geiberger said. "It's always touch and go at the end. We had a couple of good rounds the first day. You never know what score is going to be to make it.
Pepperdine senior Alex Coe shot a final-round 1-under 71 tie for 11th place. Sophomore Colin Wilcox (211) tied for 29th while Baird (215) tied for 56th, junior J.J. Wood (218) tied for 72nd and sophomore Jesse Barnsley (225) tied for 111th.
Santa Clara finished the West Regional in 21st place, posting a team score of 876 after shooting a third round 285. Eric Lillibridge carded a 68 in the final round to finish as the Bronco's top individual with a three-round total of 214. Lillibridge tied for 46th in the individual standings.
San Diego concluded its inaugural trip the NCAA postseason shooting a final round of 299 to post a three-round score of 892, 11 over par, good for a 25th place finish among 27 teams.
Michael Barry had a solid final round of play for the Toreros as he shot a 71 in the final round to have the best finish among all USD golfers. Mark Antonelli finished the third round with a score of 75, Bucky Coe shot a 76, Jimmy Harris shot a 77 and Jake Yount rounded out the scoring for the day shooting 78.
Saint Mary's Chadd Cocco, competing as an individual, posted a third round score of 77 (+5) on Saturday. Cocco finished the 54-hole event with a total score of 221 (+5), tied for 88th place in the individual competition, following rounds of 72, 72 and 77.
Arizona and Florida both tied for first with scores at 34-under par. Arizona State and Washington tied for third at 24-under par while North Carolina State finished in fifth at 19-under to round out the top-five. Tied with the Lions in sixth was BYU. East Tennessee State (15-under), Pepperdine (13-under) and Nevada (13-under) rounded out the top-10. The winners of the three NCAA regionals earn a trip to the NCAA Championship.