WEST COAST CONFERENCE MEN'S GOLF MIDSEASON RECAP

Nov. 10, 2017

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The fall season for West Coast Conference Men's Golf wrapped up on Wednesday with the final round of the Saint Mary's Invitational. Action will resume in the spring before the WCC Men's and Women's Golf Championships take place April 16-18 at Carlton Oaks in Santee, California.

After a successful fall campaign, Santa Clara finds itself in the Golfstat Top 25 at No. 16, led by Hayden Shieh. BYU is on the cusp of the poll at No. 30, but the Cougars have had their fair share of success with multiple top-five individual finishers and a couple of team and individual wins.

WCC MEN'S GOLF MIDSEASON UPDATE

BY THE NUMBERS...

Team titles: 5
Individual wins: 4


 

 

Top-5 finishers: 17

BYU

Team titles: 2

William H. Tucker Invitational, 9-over 873

Nick Watney Invitational, 13-over 865


Individual wins: 2

Peter Kuest (Nick Watney Invitational, 3-under 210)

Patrick Fishburn (Visit Stockton Pacific Invite, 13-under 203)


Top-5 finishers: 6

Patrick Fishburn (1st, Visit Stockton Pacific Invite, 13-under 203)

Peter Kuest (1st, Nick Watney Invitational, 3-under 210)

Peter Kuest (2nd, William H. Tucker Invitational, 5-under 211)

Patrick Fishburn (T-2nd, Saint Mary's Invitational, 8-under 205)

Patrick Fishburn (T-3rd, Nick Watney Invitational, 1-over 214)

Patrick Fishburn (T-5th, William H. Tucker Invitational, 1-under 215)


Misc. impressive stats

  • The Cougars led the Nick Watney Invitational with a 4.19 average on par 4's, one of four WCC teams in the top five in that category.
  • Fishburn's four top-five finishes are the most through the fall season of his career

GONZAGA

Team titles: 0

Individual wins: 0

Top-5 finishers: 1

David Ganz (T-5th, Pinetree Intercollegiate, even-par 144)


Misc. impressive stats

  • David Ganz and Tyler Munetake tied for second at the Pinetree Intercollegiate with eight birdies apiece. Gonzaga as a team led the field with 34.
  • Tyler Munetake, Chriss Mogg, David Ganz and Ben DuBois are all shooting the lowest rounds of their careers in 2017-18

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT

Team titles: 0

Individual wins: 1

Riley Elmes (Southern Dunes Invitational, 12-under 204)

Top-5 finishers: 2

Riley Elmes (1st, Southern Dunes Invitational, 12-under 204)

Riley Elmes (T-3rd, Nick Watney Invitational, 1-over 214)


Misc. impressive stats

  • The Lions led the Southern Dunes Invitational field with a 3.17 average score on par 3's
  • Elmes' win at the Southern Dunes Invitational was LMU's first individual title in the fall season since 2011

PACIFIC

Team titles: 0

Individual wins: 0

Top-5 finishers: 0

Misc. impressive stats

  • Austin Fox's eighth-place finish at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invite marked the third straight year he's finished in the top 10 of a competition
  • Fox led the Visit Stockton Pacific Invite with two birdies and a 4.17 average score on par 5's

PEPPERDINE

Team titles: 0

Individual wins: 0

Top-5 finishers: 2

Sahith Theegala (3rd, The Gopher Invitational, 6-under 207)

Sahith Theegala (T-5th, Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic, 8-under 205)


Misc. impressive stats

  • Theegala's 69.90 stroke average is on par for another all-time Pepperdine record, ahead of the one he set last season at 71.00
  • The Waves led the Alister MacKenzie Invitational with a 2.93 average on par 3's, following fellow WCC opponents San Francisco and Saint Mary's

SANTA CLARA

Team titles: 2

The Jackrabbit, 39-under 825

Visit Stockton Pacific Invite, 30-under 834


Individual wins: 1

Hayden Shieh (The Jackrabbit, 15-under 201)


Top-5 finishers: 3

Hayden Shieh (1st, The Jackrabbit, 15-under 201)

Hayden Shieh (T-2nd, Saint Mary's Invitational, 8-under 205)

Hayden Shieh (4th, Alister MacKenzie Invitational, 13-under 200)


Misc. impressive stats

  • Shieh is the No. 8 player in the country and third nationally with a 67.92 stroke average
  • As a team, the Broncos are second nationally with an average score of 70.54

SAINT MARY'S

Team titles: 1

Inverness Intercollegiate, 10-under 558


Individual wins: 0

Top-5 finishers: 2

Pavan Sagoo (T-4th, Inverness Intercollegiate, 5-under 137)

Pavan Sagoo (T-4th, Visit Stockton Pacific Invite, 9-under 207)


Misc. impressive stats

  • The Gaels were on par with pars at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational; they led the field with 172 and Pavan Sagoo racked up 40 to lead all individuals
  • Four Gaels are shooting career-lows in 2017-18: Perry Cohen, Blake Hathcoat, Evan Peterson and Pavan Sagoo

SAN DIEGO

Team titles: 0

Individual wins: 0

Top-5 finishers: 0

Misc. impressive stats

  • George Gardner averaged a 4.12 score on par 4's at the Nick Watney Invitational and tied for third with 10 birdies
  • Gardner's sixth place finish at the prestigious Nick Watney Invitational was the best of his USD career

SAN FRANCISCO

Team titles: 0

Individual wins: 0

Top-5 finishers: 2

Henry Chung (2nd, Nick Watney Invitational, even-par 213)

Tim Widing (3rd, Golfweek Conference Challenge, 7-under 209)


Misc. impressive stats

  • Tim Widing tallied a birdie or better on all three of his par 5's on the last day of the Golfweek Conference Challenge to finish third
  • The Dons led the Nick Watney Invitational with a 3.07 score average on par 3's and tied for first with 40 birdies


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