April 17, 2012

WCC Men's Golf Championship Report: Round Two

2012 WCC Golf Championship – Tournament Central

HOLLISTER, Calif. –
Santa Clara University sophomore Bobby Monaco shot a team-low 73 Tuesday in second round play of the 2012 WCC Championships at San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Hollister. Monaco moved up to 29th overall and is one of three Broncos among the tournament's top 30.

"The conditions were pretty good today, up until the last couple holes when the wind picked up, and that is the toughest stretch of holes," said Bobby Monaco when asked how the course played on Tuesday. "That's been a battle for this team, we are just not finishing very strong. "But the conditions were good on the front (nine) and I was able to take advantage of that."

Bobby Monaco and senior teammate Ronnald Monaco (no relation) have turned in the best rounds for Santa Clara thus far, but the Broncos find themselves in eighth place as a group. Scott Lowe followed an impressive opening round with a second round 77, while Ronnald Monaco posted a 79.

"My ball striking has improved a lot and I gave myself a lot of good looks at birdie," added Bobby Monaco about his round Tuesday. "I did not capitalize on all of them but still came away with four birdies. It is a step in the right direction."

The Broncos will enter Wednesday's final round needing to make up ground to catch Pepperdine for seventh place. Nationally-ranked St. Mary's continues to lead the event and are in position to win its first-ever WCC Championship if they can hold a six-shot lead Wednesday.

SANTA CLARA RESULTS
8 Santa Clara 295 311 606
T22 Ronnald Monaco (1) 70 79 149
28 Scott Lowe (2) 73 77 150
T29 Bobby Monaco (3) 78 73 151
38 Colin Gunstream (4) 74 82 156
40 Brett Komoto (5) 82 83 165

TEAM STANDINGS
1 1 St. Mary's (CA) 274 287 561 -15
3 2 San Francisco 289 278 567 -9
4 3 Brigham Young 290 286 576 E
2 4 Gonzaga 288 292 580 +4
7 5 San Diego 297 284 581 +5
8 6 Loyola Marymount 302 286 588 +12
T5 7 Pepperdine 295 296 591 +15
T5 8 Santa Clara 295 311 606 +30

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD
1 1 Jonathan De Los Reye St. Mary's (CA) 65 73 138 -6
T5 T2 Grant Forrest San Diego 70 69 139 -5
T5 T2 Zachary Blair Brigham Young 70 69 139 -5
T5 4 Taylor Travis San Francisco 70 70 140 -4
9 T5 Anders Engell St. Mary's (CA) 71 70 141 -3
T2 T5 Ben Geyer St. Mary's (CA) 69 72 141 -3
T10 T5 Ji Hwan Park San Francisco 72 69 141 -3
T10 T8 Alex Ching San Diego 72 70 142 -2
T14 T8 James Back San Francisco 73 69 142 -2
T2 T8 Peter Gullickson Gonzaga 69 73 142 -2

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Scott Lowe Honored for Academic Excellence

The West Coast Conference also announced its 2012 West Coast Conference Men's Golf All-Academic Team. Four members of this year's team appeared on the 2011 men's golf All-Academic Team: Anders Engell and Ben Geyer from Saint Mary's, San Diego's Leon Knoll and Mat Miller from San Francisco. Santa Clara sohomore Scott Lowe earned All-Academic honors in his first season of eligibility.

The complete 2012 West Coast Conference Men's Golf All-Academic team follows.

2012 MEN'S GOLF ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

Player, School, Yr., GPA., Major
Kyle Berka, LMU, So., 3.52, Communication Studies
Anders Engell, SMC, Sr., 3.45, Business Administration
Ben Geyer, SMC, Jr., 3.25, Business Administration
Eric Grimberg, SMC, Sr., 3.54, Grad
Jordan Hammer, BYU, So., 3.86, Undeclared
Leon Knoll, USD, Jr., 3.72, Finance
Scott Lowe, SCU, So., 3.73, Business
Mat Miller, USF, Sr., 3.45, Finance
Andrew Waldron, LMU, Sr., 3.41, Business Administration

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