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Golf: Gaels Finish Third In Saint Mary's Invitational

SEASIDE, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's men's golf team bounced back from a tough first two rounds to claim third-place in the Saint Mary's Invitational today at Bayonet Golf Course.

The Gaels finished today's final round with a team total of 4-over par 292 to finish the tournament with a 17-over 881.  The University of Oregon took home the team title after shooting 286-281-286 for an 11-under par 853.  UAB was second at 2-over 866.

Cal State Northridge junior Chris Russo earned medalist honors with a 9-under par 207.  He shot 68-69-70 for the tournament and was the only golfer in the event to register three-straight rounds under par.  Oregon's Rak Cho finished second with a 7-under par 209 and finished today's final round with the round's best score with a 2-under par 70.

"I'm encouraged with the way we bounced back after we struggled a bit yesterday," said Saint Mary's coach Scott Hardy.  "I thought the way we played today was much more reflective of the quality of our team.  It is early in the season, obviously, and we have a long way to go.  But, this was a productive start for us and I'm looking forward to watching our team improve as the year progresses." 

Saint Mary's sophomore Alex Bungert, playing as an individual, registered the highest finish for a Gael, earning a tie for seventh-place overall after shooting a three-round total 74-70-73 for a 1-over par 217.  Freshman Jonathan De Los Reyes was the team's top scorer, finishing in a tie for 10th.  The Antioch, Calif. native shot 74-70-74 for a 2-over par 218.

Sophomore Dalan Refioglu, also playing as an individual, tied for 15th with rounds of 74-75-71 for a 4-over par 220.  Senior Eric Grimberg tied for 20th with a 5-over 221.

Sophomore Nick Sako registered the team's lowest round with a 2-under 70 on the day.  The Menlo Park, Calif. native was 5-under par at one point in the round, playing as an individual, and finished the tournament in a tie for 22nd overall with a three-round total of 6-over 222.

Juniors Ben Geyer and Mac McClung tied for 25th with 7-over par 223.  Geyer, a native of Arbuckle, Calif., shot 75-77-71 while McClung went 74-73-76.  Senior Anders Engell and freshman Jay Pinkos tied for 39th with 12-over par 228.  Senior Kevin Smith tied for 51st with a 15-over 231.

The Gaels return to action Monday at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic in South Bend, Ind.



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