BREMERTON, Wash. -- The most experienced player on the Saint Mary's golf team has also been the most consistent through the first two rounds of the West Coast Conference Championships currently taking place at Gold Mountain Golf Club.
Mac McClung, a senior from Fremont, Calif., carded his second-straight round of 1-under par 71 to finish the first 36 holes of the championship with a 2-under par 142. He is the only player in the field to fire consecutive rounds under par and enters tomorrow's final round just one stroke behind San Diego sophomore Grant Forrest, who leads the tournament with a 3-under 141.
As a team, the Gaels cling to a two stroke lead over second-place San Francisco after registering a 4-over par 292 in today's second round. After shooting even-par 288 yesterday, Saint Mary's is 4-over for the tournament, which concludes tomorrow with a final round beginning at 8 a.m. on the 7,124-yard, par 72 Olympic course at Gold Mountain.
In tomorrow's final round, Saint Mary's is paired with San Francisco and third-place Pepperdine and will start at 9:30 a.m. off the 10th tee. Each team plays five individuals with the top four scores each day counting toward the team total.
"It is good we have a lead, but we were hoping we would have had a bigger lead," said SMC head coach Scott Hardy. "We didn't finish very well today. We'll do the same thing tomorrow as we always do. We will focus on the golf course, play each hole one shot at a time and just try to stick to our stragegy and keep good attitudes.
"Mac played well (today). He hit a lot of good shots. He hasn't found much trouble, has avoided scores over bogey and he's been able to hit his irons close, which has helped him a lot."
Sophomore Jonathan De Los Reyes is tied for fifth in the 40-player field after shooting a 2-under par 70 in today's round. After opening with a 2-over 74 yesterday, the Antioch native is even-par for the two rounds and joins three other players that are three strokes off the tournament lead.
De Los Reyes played the first seven holes at 3-under after carding a birdie on the 358-yard, par 4 second hole and chipping-in for an eagle on the 547-yard sixth. He dropped a stroke with a bogey on the par 3 eighth hole but returned to 3-under with a birdie on the par 4 16th hole before suffering a bogey on the par 3 16th.
Senior Ben Geyer, who entered the day tied for the individual lead, is tied for 13th overall with a 2-round total of 2-over 146. The defending WCC champion led the field for most of the day before dropping five strokes on the final three holes of his round to finish with a 4-over 76.