PROVO, Utah. — In hopes of repeating as conference champions, the Saint Mary’s golf team will return to Riverside Country Club this week for the 2017 West Coast Conference championship from Thursday to Saturday, April 20-22.
Saint Mary’s returns to Riverside Country Club just one week after finishing tied-4th at the Ping Cougar Classic. Host and Cougar Classic champion BYU will look to carry over its success from last week’s win to this week’s conference championship. LMU, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Pacific will also make their comeback to Riverside CC while Gonzaga, San Diego and Pepperdine will get their first look at the course.
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Playing three rounds at the championship last week, the Gaels have a good feel for the course and what is needed to shoot low scores.
“Driving and putting well are at a premium at Riverside CC,” said Saint Mary’s head coach Scott Hardy. “We will be looking to improve on both of those aspects heading into this week’s championship.”
“We know the course and understand where the opportunities are to score low,” stated Hardy. “If we can be aggressive on the appropriate holes, it will pay off.”
Sagoo, who finished with his second career medalist finish in last week’s Cougar Classic, will look to repeat his strong performance. Cohen (tied-3rd) and Rappleye (tied-27th) will also aim to build from their strong outings.
Despite returning to Riverside CC, potential rain in the week’s forecast will alter the conditions of the course.
“The conditions of the course will depend a lot on the weather,” said Hardy. “If we get some rain this week, the greens will soften and make scoring a little easier.”
“I would expect there to be opportunities to shoot some low scores if players can understand the angles needed to approach certain locations. Players will need to be smart and patient in order to score well.”
The Gaels will look for back-to-back WCC championships for the first time since winning it all in 2012 and 2013. SMC hosted last year’s championship and ran away with the conference title by a record-setting low score of 25-under par for its third championship in the last five seasons.
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