PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Sophomore Jonathan De Los Reyes is tied for the individual lead while the Saint Mary's men's golf team is in third-place after two rounds at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at Classic Club.
The 100-player field returns to to action tomorrow morning for the tournament's final round beginning at 7:30 a.m. from holes one and 10 at the 7,305-yard, par 72 Classic Club golf course, the three-time host site of the PGA's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
De Los Reyes fired his second-consecutive under-par round with a 2-under par 70 and has not carded a bogey in either round. Combined with his 3-under par 69 yesterday, he is at 5-under 139 and tied with Finley Ewing of Texas Tech and Julien Brun of TCU.
"Johnny has played very solid," said SMC head coach Scott Hardy. "He has not made a bogey in either of the first two rounds, which is a great accomplisment. His played has carried the team in this tournament."
As a team, the Gaels dropped from second to third in the 17-team field after shooting a 4-over par 294. With rounds of 284-292 for a 2-over par 578, Saint Mary's sits just two strokes behind 35th-ranked Texas Tech and 13 behind tournament leader, 16th-ranked TCU.
"I saw a lot of pressing and trying to force things to happen instead of being patient and waiting for our chances to score," said Hardy. "Tomorrow is supposed to be windy, so we will have to play hard and grind to improve our position."
The University of San Francisco is one stroke behind the Gaels in fourth-place, while Oregon State is in fifth at 6-over par. Santa Clara, the only other West Coast Cofnerence team in the field, is in 15th-place.
Saint Mary's junior Dalan Refioglu is, perhaps, the most consistent of the Gaels. The Foster City, Calif. native registered identical rounds of 73 in each of the tournament's first two days and is currently tied for 16th place at 2-over par.
Freshman Maclayne Marr is tied for 24th with rounds of 72-75 for a 3-over par 147. After shooting a 2-under par 70 yesterday, senior Ben Geyer struggled to an 8-over par 80 in today's second round and is tied with teammate Mac McClung for 40th overall. McClung shot 74-76.
Junior Alex Bungert, playing as an individual, carded a 79 today and is sitting in a tie for 45th place at 7-over par.