Feb. 9, 2004
GILROY, Calif. - The Santa Clara University men's golf team defeated West Coast Conference rivals Saint Mary's and Loyola Marymount with its team score of 312 Monday afternoon at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Gilroy, Calif.
Justin Ahasic led the way for the Broncos with his 4-over par rond of 76, good enough for second place on the day. Michael Nicoletti fired a 78 to finish in a tie for third while Matt Klenz and John Colyar each carded 7-over par scores of 79 for a share of fifth place.
The four rounds in the 70's were big for the Broncos who had teammate Jonathan Edwards withdraw from the shootout after an injury that was sustained on the eighth hole.
"I am very proud of the way that our guys performed today," said head coach John Kennaday. "They knew that each of their scores would count after they heard that Jonathan was hurt. They performed well on an extremely difficult golf course with a lot of pressure on them."
The 6,971-yard golf course played very true to its tough reputation, yielding only 23 birdies on the day while causing 122 bogies or worse.
"This course plays as tough as any course you will ever find when you are playing from the back tees," added Kennaday.
Joe Lanza from Saint Mary's carded the best round of the day with his 2-over par, 74, remarkably playing 1-under par on the par 4's while finishing at 1-over on the par 5's and 2-over on the par 3's.
Brandon Von Doehren was the top finisher for Loyola Marymount, firing a 6-over, 78, and finishing is a tie for third place. As a team the Lions finished with a score of 325, six shots behind Saint Mary's.
Santa Clara returns to action on February 23-24 at the UC Irvine Anteater Invitational in Santa Ana, Calif. Following that event the Broncos will take part in the Herb Wimberly/New Mexico State Intercollegiate tournament on March 8-9 in Las Cruces, N.M.