PALM DESERT, Calif. -- The defending West Coast Conference champion Saint Mary's golf team returns to action this weekend for the fifth annual University of Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at Classic Club.
The Gaels, which registered one of the tournament's top final round scores to finish fourth in last year's event, will join 16 other college teams at the 7,305-yard, par 72 Classic Club golf course, the three-time host site of the PGA's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
The field includes seven teams ranked among Golfstat.com's current top 100, including the 29th-ranked Gaels. In addition to host Wyoming (157), the field includes Arkansas-Little Rock (125), Cal Poly (163), George Mason (164), Idaho (101), Iowa State (95), Kansas (110), Louisiana-Monroe (201), Nebraska (154), Oregon State (58), San Francisco (66), Santa Clara (118), Southern Utah (183), TCU (16), Texas Tech (35) and Wichita State (49).
Saint Mary's will feature a lineup that will appear similar to the one used last week when the Gaels finished second at The Farms Collegiate Invitational in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
The Gaels will use a five-man lineup consisting of seniors Ben Geyer and Mac McClung, junior Dalan Refioglu, sophomore Jonathan De Los Reyes and freshman Maclayne Marr. Junior Alex Bungert will be among 17 players in the event participating as an individual and his score will not count toward the team's total.
Marr, a first-year player from Mona Vale, New South Wales in Australia, has played a total of nine rounds during his short college career but this weekend's event will mark his debut as part of the team's top five. Last weekend, he finished in a tie for 13th place at The Farms Collegiate after firing rounds of 70-76-78 for an 8-over par 224. He was the team's fourth-best finisher, but didn't count toward the team score since he was playing as an individual.
As a team, Saint Mary's will be participating in its second event of the spring season and its seventh overall. The Gaels have finished among the top three in the final standings in five of their six events with the only blemish on that record being a fifth-place effort in the weather-shortened, 18-hole Cabo Collegiate.
Geyer leads a quartet of Gaels who have posted least one top-10 individual finish so far this season. The Arbuckle, Calif. native is the team's leader in stroke average at 73.23.