BREMERTON, Wash. -- After a tough outing in its season-opener last week, the Saint Mary's golf team will be looking to regain the form that produced West Coast Conference team titles in each of the last two seasons.
What better place to do that than Gold Mountain Golf Club, the site of last year's thrilling WCC championship.
The 54-hole tournament will take place Monday and Tuesday. The team championship will be held on Gold Mountain's Olympic Course, while a separate individual tournament will be played on its adjacent Cascade Course. Golfers will play 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday.
The Olympic Course is a 7,124-yard, par-72 track that has hosted the 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and the NCAA Men's West Regional twice (2010 and 2008). The 2014 WCC championships are also scheduled to return to Gold Mountain for the second-straight year.
The 15-team field includes seven teams from the Pac-12 Conference, six from the WCC one from the Mountain West and one from the Big West. The field includes Arizona State, Brigham Young, UC Davis, Gonzaga, Oregon, Oregon State, Pacific, Pepperdine, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, San Diego State, USC, Utah, host Washington and Washington State.
The Gaels begin on the first tee of the Olympic course at 8:15 a.m. and are paired with golfers from Arizona State and San Diego State. Senior Dalan Refioglu will be the first Gael off, followed by Alex Bungert (8:24), Cody Robinson (8:33), Maclayne Marr (8:42) and Tye Gabriel (8:51). Senior Nick Sako will be playing in a separate individuals-only event that will take place at the same time on Gold Mountain's adjacent Cascade course.
In this same tournament last season, three Gaels finished among the top 11 individuals and the team placed third overall. SMC registered rounds of 291-296-294 for a three-round total of 17-over par 881 to finish 10 strokes behind runners-up Texas A&M and 19 back of host Washington, the team champions.
Next week, Saint Mary's returns to the Bay Area to host its annual Saint Mary's Invitational at Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, Calif.