GOLF | Gaels Aiming High at WCC Championships
Saint Mary's will look to grab another conference title at this week's championship tournament held at the Carlton Oaks Golf Course.
SANTEE, Calif. — Saint Mary’s men’s golf team will look to grab another conference title this week as they head to Southern California for the WCC Championships held at the Carlton Oaks Golf Club. The three day tournament begins on Monday and concludes Wednesday with play occuring all day in each round.
Live stats for the tournament can be found on the Gaels’ schedule page or by visiting GolfStat.com and clicking on the WCC Tournament link.
Representing the Gaels at this year’s championship are Perry Cohen, Pavan Sagoo, Connor Blick, Blake Hathcoat, and Ash Hakim.
SAINT MARY’S IN THE WCC CHAMPIONSHIP
The Gaels won their first conference title ever in 2012 under head coach Scott Hardy and quickly earned their second in 2013 with back-to-back championships. In 2016, Jonathan De Los Reyes shot a WCC Championship record 19-under to lead Saint Mary’s to their third championship in five years.
Last season, the Gaels finished third behind BYU and Pepperdine, respectively. Saint Mary’s has finished fourth or better in the championships in each of the last seven seasons.
Carlton Oaks Golf Club is located in Santee, Calif., roughly 15 miles northeast of San Diego. The scenic course has held qualifiers for the PGA Tour and US Open as well as high-level Junior tournaments.
In 1974, the NCAA Championships were held at Carlton Oaks where Wake Forest’s Curtis Strange captured the individual and team title after eagling the final hole.
The weather forecast in Santee from Monday to Wednesday is sunny with highs in the mid-60s to low-70s.
LAST YEAR’S CHAMPIONSHIP
BYU took home the WCC title last season while playing at their nearby Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah. The Cougars’ Peter Kuest won individual honors with a combined round score of 11-under.
The Gaels finished third in the tournament and were led by Hunter Rappleye who tied for seventh at 4-under. Cohen, Sagoo, and Blick also competed at last year’s tournament.
LAST TIME OUT: THE GOODWIN
Saint Mary’s last played during the final days of March at The Goodwin in San Francisco. The team finished 11th out of the 25-team field that featured seven top-25 teams.
The Gaels’ senior Cohen finished t-20th with a 1-under par overall score during the tournament to lead the squad.
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