SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With the annual West Coast Conference Championships right around the corner, the 22nd-ranked Saint Mary's golf team will be looking to fine-tune its game next week at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic.
The Cowboy Classic begins Monday and will serve as the final regular-season event for the Gaels before they defend their 2011 WCC team title April 15-17 at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.
The teams will play two rounds of 18-holes each on Monday and a final round on Tuesday. Play will begin each morning with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start on the 7,133-yard, par 70 North Course at Talking Stick Golf Club.
In addition to host Wyoming and the Gaels, the 24-team field at the Cowboy Classic includes Air Force, Arizona, Boise State, CSU Northridge, Colorado, Colorado State, Gonzaga, Hawai'i, Idaho, Kansas State, Old Dominion, Nevada, Northern Colorado, Santa Clara, Texas-El Paso, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Tulsa, Utah, Utah State, Weber State and Wichita State.
Saint Mary's will feature the same lineup that finished third in the prestigious U.S. Intercollegiate last weekend at Stanford Golf Club. The Gaels will be represented by seniors Ben Geyer and Mac McClung, juniors Alex Bungert and Dalan Refioglu and sophomore Jonathan De Los Reyes.
Geyer, who leads the team with a 72.67 stroke average in nine events this season, tied with teammate De Los Reyes and five other golfers at Stanford with a 1-under par 209. The Arbuckle, Calif. native has finished among the top-10 individuals in five tournaments this season.
Antioch, Calif. native De Los Reyes is right behind Geyer in stroke average with a 72.79 and leads the team in rounds of par or better with 12. McClung owns a 73.13 stroke average this season, nearly an entire stroke per round better than his career average of 74.11.
Bungert and Refioglu each opened last weekend's tournament at Stanford with 1-under par 69s, their best rounds of the season.
Saint Mary's is ranked 22nd nationally by both Golfstat.com and Golfweek/Sagarin and are 24th in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Poll. The Gaels are coming off a third-place finish at last weekend's U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford Golf Course.