Saint Mary's secured the No. 9 seed and will compete in Kissimmee, Fla. for this year's NCAA Regionals.
Student-Athletes came out for the annual awards show to relive the year's accomplishments.
Saint Mary's will look to grab another conference title at this week's championship tournament held at the Carlton Oaks Golf Course.
The Saint Mary's Gael shot six consecutive birdies to end the final round and win the sudden-death playoff.
In each of the past four seasons, a SMC golfer has advanced into the NCAA Tournament field. Chadd Cocco made it three straight years after being selected as an individual for the 2005 Western Regional and Mike McRae extended it to four years with his indivudal selection in 2007. Hardy guided the 2004-05 squad to the school's first ever NCAA Tournament appearance and in 2004, Joe Lanza became the first player in school history to make an NCAA Tournament appearance.
In 2006-07, Saint Mary's captured two team titles, the first at the Del Walker Intercollegiate and then the USF Triumph at Pauma Valley. Under Hardy, SMC has collected eight team titles in seven seasons. Mike McRae won medalist honors at the USF Triumph, marking the seventh individual title by a SMC golfer under Hardy's leadership.
In 2005-06, Hardy coached Chadd Cocco and Mike McRae to First Team All-WCC honors, while guiding the Gaels to three top-5 team finishes and eight of 10 top-10 finishes. Cocco posted 10 top-20, seven top-10 and one medalist individual finishes. McRae finished in the top-20 six times, top-10 three times and in the top-five once. As a team, Saint Mary's posted a 296.2 stroke average with its best tournament, a 12-under score of 852 at the Mid Pines Intercollegiate in September.
The 2004-05 men's golf season stands as arguably the best in the history of the golf program. Saint Mary's finished in the top-10 in 11 of 12 tournaments, which included two first place finishes. Hardy guided the Gaels to a school record 845 (-19) score at the Country Wide Intercollegiate and a team championship. Two weeks later, SMC won the inaugural Lexus Naples Intercollegiate, after posting a school record low round of 272 (-16) in the third round to win the tournament by two strokes and Liam Kendregan won the individual title. Hardy was instrumental in helping Joe Lanza capture the WCC individual title and lead the Gaels to back-to-back second place finishes in the conference tournament. In addition to Lanza, Cocco and Kendregan were First Team All-WCC selections. At the 2005 NCAA West Regional the Gaels posted a 14th place finish, missing the cut by six strokes.
In 2003-04, Saint Mary's posted 10 top-5 tournament finishes, including a second place finish in the WCC Championships, the highest finish in school history to date. Three players earn all-conference honors, one individual player tournament title, and the WCC Freshman of the Year. Hardy guided the Gaels to a record-setting victory in their first tournament, winning the Vandal Fall Classic by five shots, when the team set a then school record by going 9-under par as a team. In the second half of the schedule the team had two tournament victories and set a school record by finishing with an individual stroke average of 73.66. Individually, senior John Chirila posted the lowest single round in Saint Mary's history with a 63 at the Vandal Fall Classic. Joe Lanza (No. 66) and Liam Kendregan (No. 176) became the first pair of Gael golfers to achieve national rankings in the same year. By the end of the season, the Gaels' set another school record by winning three team tournaments in one year, and Hardy's guidance allowed the Gaels to lead the WCC with a total of 10 top-5 team tournament finishes.
During the 2002-03 season, success was the norm for the Gaels. Highlighting the season was the Gaels team and individual victories at the Santa Clara Men's Invitational. Consistency was the key for a team that finished in the top-10 in six of their nine tournaments, including a fourth place team finish at the 2003 WCC Championship.
Hardy continues to be one of the top ranked amateurs in the NCGA. Some of Hardy's amateur accomplishments include; winning the 2007 NCGA Public Links, advancing to the semifinals of the 2006 US Mid-Am, won the 2005 NCGA Valley Amatuer, won the NCGA stroke play championship and had a runner-up finish in the Alameda Commuters in 2004, and in 2003 he captured the US Two-Man championship. He has collected numerous amateur victories, has made six straight NCGA Cup teams, has been on three Seaver Cup teams, and has participated in numerous USGA events.
Hardy is a 1998 graduate of SMC with a bachelor of science degree in Economics and Business Administration, while playing for the golf team for four seasons. While at SMC he was a Honorable Mention All-WCC selection in 1999. He also served as the team captain for the Gaels during his junior and senior seasons. He prepped at De La Salle High School in Concord, CA, where he graduated in 1994.
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