RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- Following a highly-successful fall season that saw the program rise to a season-best ranking of 22nd nationally, the Saint Mary's golf team returns to the links this week after a 16-week layoff.
The Gaels will join 11 other teams Monday for 36 holes, followed by a final round of 18 on Tuesday at the challenging 6,947-yard, par 72 The Farms Golf Club. Other teams participating are host San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, UC Irvine, Western Illinois, Fresno State, Missouri, Pacific, San Francisco, Loyola Marymount and UC Riverside.
The defending West Coast Conference team champion Gaels will feature a veteran lineup consisting of seniors Ben Geyer and Mac McClung, juniors Dalan Refioglu and Alex Bungert and sophomore Jonathan De Los Reyes. Freshman Maclayne Marr will participate in the tournament as an individual and his scores will not count toward the team total.
"We are excited to get our spring season started," said SMC head coach Scott Hardy. "It has been a long layoff and we will need to adjust quickly to playing tournament golf again. The Farms is a challenging golf course that requires accuracy and smart play. The team has been preparing well but each player needs to stick to his gameplan and use a lot of patience this week. "
Led by individual medalist J.J. Spaun, San Diego State won the 2012 title as the tournament hosts. The Aztecs finished 12-strokes ahead of the second-place Gaels, which were paced by individual runner-up Anders Engell's 2-under par 214.