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Mac McClung tied for the low round of the day with a 67 in the final round of the Desert Intercollegiate.
Mac McClung tied for the low round of the day with a 67 in the final round of the Desert...
GOLF | Saint Mary's Finishes Strong In The Desert
Release: Thursday 02/24/2013 
by SMC Athletics

PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Senior Mac McClung fired the second-lowest score of his collegiate career in today's final round to lead the Saint Mary's golf team to a second-place finish at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at Classic Club.

McClung, a native of Fremont, Calif., tied for the lowest round of the day with a 5-under par 67.  He recorded a bogey-free round and registered five birdies to help the Gaels move up one place in the team standings.  Individually, he shot 74-76-67 for a 1-over par 217 to tie for 11th place overall.

Sophomore Jonathan De Los Reyes was the team's low finisher, finishing fourth with a 2-under par 214.  The Antioch, Calif. native went 69-70-75 in his three rounds at the 7,305 yard, par 72 Classic Club.

As a team, the Gaels started the day in third-place behind leader TCU and second-place Texas Tech.  Saint Mary's finished six strokes better than the Red Raiders in today's final round to finish 6-over for the tournament, 25 shots behind runaway leader TCU. The University of San Francisco tied with TTU for third-place at 10-over, while Oregon State finished fifth and Iowa State claimed the sixth position.

"We had a complete team effort today to finish second," said SMC head coach Scott Hardy. "Nobody played great each round, but everyone did their part to help the team.

"We are a deep and talented team and when we put it all together and play well at the same time we can play with anyone in the country.  I look forward to the rest of the season and getting closer to postseason time."

Saint Mary's has finished in second-place or better in five of six 3-round events it has played this season.  The defending West Coast Conference champions have four-straight team finishes of second-place or better.

Junior Dalan Refiogu carded rounds of 73-73-76 for a 6-over par 222 to finish in a tie for 29th place in the 100-player field.  Senior Ben Geyer rebounded from a tough round yesterday to card a 2-over par 74 today and finished in a tie for 36th at 8-over par.  He tied with freshman teammate Maclayne Marr in the individual standings.

Playing as an individual, junior Alex Bungert registered rounds of 72-79-75 for a 10-over par 226 and a tie for 45th place.

McClung, who registered a career-low 66 at the 2011 Firestone Intercollegiate, and his teammates will have a month off before returning to competition on Monday, March 25 at the Oregon Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore.