PROVO, Utah. — On a sunny yet chilly day, the Saint Mary’s golf team struggled to make a charge to the top of the leaderboard as the Gaels shot even-par and sit in third heading into the final round of the 2017 West Coast Conference Championship.
Senior Hunter Rappleye made a move in today’s round, shooting a 4-under 68 to be tied-4th in the field.
The Gaels remain at 5-under after today’s round, 12 strokes behind leader BYU. Pepperdine shot 10-under in the second round to be in second place at 12-under par. Behind the Gaels are Santa Clara (+2) and Pacific (+3) to round out the top-5.
The Gaels will be in the final group in tomorrow’s final round. SMC will be paired with the Waves and Cougars, as the tee time is set for 10:10 a.m. on the 10th tee.
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Rappleye got his round started hot, scoring birdies on two of his first three holes. The senior recorded a 10-footer on the first hole and a long 25-foot birdie putt on the par 3 3rd.
“That was huge,” said Rappleye on his fast start. “At least for me, when I start off well, it keeps me in it and keeps me grinding. Starting off well out here was definitely key for me.”
The Sacramento native would birdie the par 5 7th and score three more in the back nine for the round of 68.
Connor Blick and Roman Aragon both sit tied-13th at even-par. Both players fought windy conditions down the last five holes of the back nine. Blick would record back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16, but finished with a 3-over par 75.
Aragon would be at 2-under par after birdies on holes 5 and 7, but an unfortunate tee shot on the 13th tee resulted in a double-bogey and a 2-over round.
After an opening round 74, Pavan Sagoo bounced back with steady golf for a 1-under 71. Sagoo is tied-20th on the leaderboard.
Despite a rocky start to the round, Perry Cohen bounced back in the back nine despite the rough conditions. The San Diego native shot even in the last nine holes and sits tied-29th at 4-over par.
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