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GOLF | Gaels Come Out Victorious In Monterey

SEASIDE, Calif. -- Senior Ben Geyer shot a final round 7-under par 65 today to earn medalist honors and the Saint Mary's golf team took home the team championship at the 2012 Saint Mary's Invitational at Bayonet Golf Course.

The Gaels were the only team to shoot an under-par score, firing rounds of 290-285-285 for a 4-under par 860.  Saint Mary's defeated second-place Kentucky by seven strokes and was 14 ahead of third-place Oregon.  The win marked the Gaels' first-ever championship in its own tournament.

Individually, Geyer finished one stroke ahead of a pair of West Coast Conference rivals in San Francisco's Jobim Carlos and Santa Clara's Scott Lowe. 

Geyer, the 2012 WCC individual champion, finished the tournament with a 4-under par 212 after shooting rounds of 75-72-65.  His final round of 7-under par was just three strokes off the competitive Bayonet GC record of 62 at by Andres Gonzales - currently the 7th-leading money winner on the Tour.

"If there was anything I could point to, it would be the last four holes yesterday that really made the difference," said Geyer, who earned his second collegiate tournament victory.  "I was 6-over with 22 holes left to play when I birdied three of my last four holes yesterday.  That really gave me momentum heading into today.

"I struck the ball well today and didn't have a lot of long putts.  The one bad hole I had was a 3-putt bogey on the seventh hole.  Other than that, I generally hit it close to the pin and kept it simple."

Senior Mac McClung finished in a tie for sixth-place overall after rounds of 70-72-73 for a 1-under par 215.  Sophomore Jonathan De Los Reyes finished in a tie for 14th with a 2-over 218.

Junior Dalan Refioglu finished tied for 17th at 3-over 219 and classmate Alex Bungert tied for 35th at 9-over par.

Several Gaels played in the event as individuals, meaning their scores did not count toward the team total.  Junior Cody Robinson shot rounds of 74-76-77 for an 11-over par 227.  Nick Sako shot 75-76-77 for a 12-over par, while freshman Maclayne Marr was 16-over for the tournament.  Bailey Rogers and Jay Pinkos fied for 73rd at 21-over.

Today's final round was delayed by about 15 minutes due to heavy marine layer fog that enveloped the course.  About halfway through the round, the sun came out and temperatures rose to about 60 degrees.




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