MORAGA, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's men's golf team welcomes 15 Division I programs to the Bay Area next week when it hosts the annual Saint Mary's Invitational Monday and Tuesday at Bayonet & Blackhorse Golf Course in Seaside, Calif.
The tournament features a 54-hole format with the low four scores from each team's designated five-player lineup counting toward the team total each round. The teams will play 36 holes on Monday, followed by a final round of 18 holes on Tuesday. Each day of competition will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
Live tournament coverage will be available via Golfstat. Tee times will be available on Sunday.
The tournament field includes teams from the eight different conferences, including the Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big 12, Big West, Pac-12, Southeastern, Southern, West Coast and Western Athletic conferences.
In addition to the host Gaels, the field includes Cal Poly, CSU Northridge, Florida Gulf Coast, Fresno State, Kansas State, Kentucky, Loyola Marymount, Oregon, Sacramento State, Samford, San Francisco, Santa Clara, UC Irvine and Western Carolina.
Saint Mary's head coach Scott Hardy has selected a lineup that includes four of the five players who led the Gaels to a runner-up finish at the Northern Intercollegiate two weeks ago as well as last week's Husky Invitational.
Seniors Ben Geyer and Mac McClung, junior Alex Bungert and sophomore Jonathan De Los Reyes will be joined by junior Dalan Refioglu, playing in his first collegiate competition of the season. Freshman Maclayne Marr, sophomores Jay Pinkos and Bailey Rogers and juniors Cody Robinson and Nick Sako are scheduled to participate in the tournament as individuals. Their scores will not count toward the team total.
Past champions of the Saint Mary's Invitational include Oregon, Notre Dame, Nevada, San Francisco, Baylor and Xavier. The Ducks won last year's event with a team total of 11-under par 853. Chris Russo of CSU Northridge won individual medalist honors after shooting a 3-round total of 9-under par 207.
Bayonet Golf Course
Drawing rave reviews for its recent renovation, Bayonet Golf Course has ushered in a new and exciting era for the landmark golf course that overlooks the famed Monterey Peninsula. Bayonet Golf Course, designed in 1954 by General Robert McClure, provides both challenges and inspiration to golfers, and was re-sculpted by award-winning golf course architect Gene Bates. Retaining its classic tree-lined character, while showcasing Bates' elegant bunkering and graceful greens, the new Bayonet offers expanded views of the bay. Although the overall length of Bayonet increased only 16 yards from its original design, the strategic and visual impact created by Bates' bunkering is immeasurable. With 7,104 yards of oak and cypress-lined fairways, and four sets of tees, the course is a par 72, with a slope of 141 and a rating of 74.8 from the championship tee box.
Blackhorse Golf Course
Black Horse Golf Course was designed in 1964 by General Edwin Carnes, and includes the most breath-taking views of the Monterey Bay imaginable. The most recent renovations transformed Black Horse GC into a longer, more challenging championship golf course. With long rolling fairways and alluring panoramic views of the Monterey Bay, from the back tees Black Horse is a par 72 layout, measuring 7,024 yards, with a slope of 141 and a rating of 73.7.