Pepperdine Picked To Capture WCC Crown

Sept. 14, 2017

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Pepperdine was selected almost unanimously in a league coaches poll to win the 2017-18 West Coast Conference Men's Golf Championship. The Waves earned eight of the nine first place votes and 64 overall. It's their fourth consecutive appearance in the preseason top three.

The 2016-17 season saw the WCC place at least three teams in NCAA Regional play for the fifth time in the last seven years. Saint Mary's made its third straight appearance and defending champion BYU, who finished eighth at the Athens Regional, competed in postseason play for the first time since 2014. Pepperdine was the third WCC team to see postseason action, finishing 13th at the National Championship.

The Waves lead the conference with four on the Preseason All-WCC Team: Sahith Theegala, Clay Feagler, Josh McCarthy, and Roy Cootes, all of whom competed at last year's National Championship. Theegala, who tied for 28th last year at the WCC Championship, shared WCC Player of the Year honors with BYU's Patrick Fishburn.


 

 

The defending champion Cougars were picked second with 55 votes while capturing the other first place vote, edging out third-place Saint Mary's, who received 52 votes. BYU's All-WCC Team representatives are Fishburn, defending WCC Freshman of the Year Rhett Rasmussen and Peter Kuest, who tied with Santa Clara's Hayden Shieh for the individual title at last year's WCC Championship.

Perry Cohen who finished last year 19th at the WCC Championship and earned a spot on the All-WCC team, represents the Gaels.

Santa Clara finished fourth with 40 votes while placing Shieh on the All-WCC Team. In addition to a first-place tie at the WCC Championship, Shieh shot a 2-over 72 at the par-70 Stanford Golf Course in last year's Stanford Regional.

San Francisco and Loyola Marymount tied for fifth with 32 votes, and Riley Elmes from LMU is the Lions' All-WCC golfer. Pacific (27), Gonzaga (18) and San Diego (12) rounded out the preseason poll.

The 2017-18 WCC Men's Golf Championship will be held at Carlton Oaks Golf Course in Santee, Calif.

 

2017-18 WCC Men's Golf Preseason Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Vote)

Pts.

1. Pepperdine (8)

64

2. BYU (1)

55

3. Saint Mary's

52

4. Santa Clara

40

5. San Francisco

32

6. Loyola Marymount

32

7. Pacific

27

8. Gonzaga

18

9. San Diego

12

 

2017-18 All-WCC Men's Golf Preseason Team

Name

Institution

Yr.

Sahith Theegala

Pepperdine

Jr.

Patrick Fishburn

BYU

Sr.

Roy Cootes

Pepperdine

Jr.

Hayden Shieh

Santa Clara

Sr.

Riley Elmes

Loyola Marymount

Jr.

Perry Cohen


Saint Mary's

Sr.

Josh McCarthy

Pepperdine

So.

Rhett Rasmussen

BYU

So.

Clay Feagler

Pepperdine

So.

Peter Kuest

BYU

So.

 

 

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