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GOLF | Carrete and the Gaels In 2nd at Saint Mary's Invite

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Freshman Eduardo Carrete continues to pace himself atop the leaderboard, as the Saint Mary’s golf team made a charge on the second day of the Saint Mary’s Invitational at a tough Poppy Hills Golf Course.

With the cold air and wind forcing the course to play longer than what the yardage indicates, high scores became a reality for parts of the field.

The Gaels shot 287 in today’s round to finish at 14-over (583) for the tournament. Defending champion San Diego State also made a jump, as the Aztecs lead the field after shooting a field- low 280 in the second round (579, +11). Fresno State sits in third after a 14-over second round to finish at 20-over (588). Fellow West Coast Conference member San Francisco is in fourth, 11-strokes back of SDSU. Nevada rounds out the top-5 of the leaderboard after a 6-over round for a total of 593 (+25).

Carrete shot a second round 68 and is currently four strokes ahead of the next low scorer in the field. The freshman got off to another fast start, as he birdied three of his first four holes. After bogeys on 14 and 15, Carrete hit a pure 3-wood, and sunk a 15-foot eagle putt on the 18th green to finish at 5-under for the tournament.

Junior Pavan Sagoo finished tied-12th after scoring a 2-under 69 (146, +4). Sagoo displayed a steady round after getting into trouble on the first hole after an errant tee shot to the left side. Despite the rough tee shot, Sagoo gathered himself and successfully got up and down to save par. He carded birdies on holes 2, 9 and 12 before scoring his lone bogey of the round on 13.

Playing as an individual, Hunter Rappleye finished the second round with a 1-over 72 to be just three shots behind the low individual, Max Alcorn.

“Today went pretty well,” said Rappleye. “I made a few birdies out there, but a couple of double bogeys off of bad mistakes. But, for the most part, it was a pretty good round. It was better than yesterday so just trending in the right direction right now.”

Rappleye sits tied-18th in the entire field with a 6-over par 148. Playing as an individual for only the second time since last season, Rappleye is in a new role for the Gaels this week. But, the senior understands the importance of the team and that in the end, the same goal applies.

“This is definitely different,” said Rappleye on how it is different playing as an individual. At the end of the day, it is still golf. You are still trying to shoot the lowest score possible.”

The lone senior on the team continues to showcase leadership on and off the course, as he is one of the team captains on the team.

“It means a lot to be captain this year, said Rappleye.” A lot of guys on this team know that I value the team score over my individual score and that I would take a team win over an individual win any day. To see the team play well and looking up to me for advice, it means a lot. However I can help this team, I enjoy that aspect of being team captain.”

The Gaels will finish the Saint Mary’s Invitational tomorrow paired alongside SDSU and Fresno State. Tee times and scores can be followed live on the tournament’s link on Golfstat. Follow @SMCGaels on Twitter for the latest scores and updates on the final round. 


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