Sept. 11, 2009
By: Brian Elser, SCU Student Assistant
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University men's golf team enters its 2009-10 fall season with a loaded lineup. The Broncos initiated practice Wednesday, September 9th and prepare for a trip to Kingsley, Michigan to compete in the Michigan State Spartan Classic September 19th and 20th.
"This is the strongest and most talented team that I've ever had here at Santa Clara," said Bronco Head Coach Rob Miller. "Jimmy Cacho and Scott Travers will provide strong veteran leadership, and Ronnald Monaco is coming off a very impressive freshman year. I think we are even better than the 2006 team that made it to the NCAA Regionals."
That says a lot considering that 2006 Broncos' team claimed four tournament titles, earned a national Top 50 ranking, and the program's first appearance in the NCAA Regionals.
The Broncos will compete in five tournaments this fall while playing in another five in the spring before the WCC Championships in April.
Fall Schedule/Important Dates:
September 9: Team Practice Begins
September 19-20: @ Michigan State Spartan Classic (Kingsley, Mich.)
October 5-6: @ Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate (Palm Desert, Calif.)
October 22-23: @ Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf Classic (Long Beach, Calif.)
November 2-4: @ Turtle Bay Intercollegiate (Kahuku, Oahu)
Cacho looks to raise the bar
Senior Jimmy Cacho is looking for bigger and better things this season. That says a lot considering Cacho racked up five Top 20 finishes last season, including a sixth-place finish at the Mardi Gras Invitational in New Orleans. Cacho was the top Broncos' finisher in seven tournaments last season. His younger brother, Daniel, is on the team and enters his sophomore season.
All-WCC Travers returns after redshirt season
Redshirt junior Scott Travers is back after redshirting last season due to health issues. "We are excited to have Scott back," said Miller. "We expect him to play a major role in our success this season." Travers had a stellar year in 2007-2008 with eight Top 20 finishes including a win at the UC Irvine Anteater Invitational with rounds of 68 (-4), 68 (-4), and 72 (E). Travers was also named the West Coast Conference "Player of the Month" in March of 2008 en route to earning All-WCC First Team honors at season's end. More recently, Travers was a Sectional Qualifier for the 2009 U.S. Open. Travers also made waves this past summer at the California State Amateur Championship. He advanced to the quarterfinals in a bracket of 32 players. For the match play portion of the tournament, Travers tallied 13 birdies in 48 holes and one eagle.
"Band of Brothers" - three sibling combos on roster
The Broncos' 2009-10 roster includes three sets of siblings: senior Jimmy Cacho and sophomore Danny; junior Tyler Ichikawa and freshman Adam; and incoming freshmen Rick and Scott Lamb. Incoming and highly recruited freshmen Rick Lamb and Adam Ichikawa look to make big impacts this year.
Sophomore Mehl poised after 4th-place finish at WCC's
Sophomore Cory Mehl is looking to start up right where he left off after an outstanding WCC Championship performance and this summer's strong tournament play. Mehl finished fourth at the year-ending conference tournament, posting rounds of 72 (E), 69 (-3), and 72 (E). He also advanced to the Sectional Qualifiers for the 2009 U.S. Open.
Depth, talent create competitive practice environment
SCU Head Coach Rob Miller has said that this may be his most talented Broncos' team in recent memory and also the deepest. "Back in 2006, we had four veteran players who had a lot of experience," said Miller. "But this team has more talent. I look for Jimmy (Cacho) and Scott (Travers) to lead the team, with Ronald (Monaco) not too far behind after his stellar freshman year. The other spots are up for grabs." With seniors Alex Bon and Shaun Pienkos ready to contribute, this team will look to improve and get better everyday in practice.
Building after strong showing at the WCC Championships
The Broncos tied for fifth at the WCC Championships at the Hiddenbrooke Golf Course in Vallejo, Calif. Sophomore Cory Mehl and senior Jimmy Cacho both posted Top 10 finishes helping the Broncos fire a sizzling 281 for the second 18 holes on Day One. It was the best team round of the season for SCU - with three of their five scores in red numbers, finishing at seven-under par for the round. Mehl and senior Alex Bon each fired their lowest rounds of their careers, posting 69s and 68s, respectively. The tournament was the best team finish at the WCC's since 2006.