Gaske Remains in Hunt at WCC Championships
April 21, 2017
PROVO, Utah -- Ryan Gaske is three strokes out of first place after the second round of the 2017 West Coast Conference Championships Friday. He is at four-under par (140) entering Saturday's third and final round at the Riverside Country Club.
After a one-under (71) in Round 2, Gaske sits in a tie for fourth on the individual leaderboard. He made 12 pars and four birdies on the second day of the 49th annual event. The senior went one-under on the front-nine and was even-par on the back. He is four-under on the course's Par-5 holes with an average of 4.50 on those holes, which ranks second in the 45-golfer field. His 27 pars are the third-most in the field.
"Ryan put together a respectable round today, keeping himself in the hunt for the individual win and a berth to the postseason," GU head coach Robert Gray said.
Angus Montgomery fell from second to a tie for 13th, following a four-over (76) round Friday. He made four birdies in the second round, but was three-over after the front-nine. The senior is even-par (144) after 36 holes. He still has a tournament-high 11 birdies following two rounds.
"Angus had a few hiccups along the way that made his chance of winning a bit more difficult with 11 guys ahead of him and seven shots to make up," Gray said. "Putting was his main issue today, leaving four shots out there with the flat stick."
David Ganz and Chris Mogg are both tied for 42nd at 10-over (154). Both golfers opened with rounds of 78 (+6) Thursday, and both were four-over (76) on Day 2. Mogg had 13 pars in the second round, including eight on the back-nine.
"Chris played well for 16 holes but a double and a triple destroyed his round, while David continued to struggle with too many bogies and only two birdies," Gray said.
Nick Nolan is 11-over (155) in 44th place. He was nine-over (81) in the second round.
"Nick struggled in a number of different areas, but his putting was his biggest issue," Gray said. "Other issues including missing greens from short yardages also plagued him."
As a team, Gonzaga slid to ninth place. The Bulldogs are 12-over (588) after two rounds. GU had a 299 (+11) team total on the second day.
"With only one good round today, it's easy to see why we had the highest team score of the day," Gray said. "With just one more team round to go for this season, we'll look to have five good scores and post a solid team score to end on a high note."
BYU leads the team leaderboard at 17-under (559) entering the final round. The Cougars were eight-under (280) Friday, while No. 22 Pepperdine was 10-under (278). The Waves are in second place at 12-under (564).
Peter Kuest of BYU had the lowest round of the day, carding a 67 (-5). He climbed eight spots on the leaderboard and is tied with Santa Clara's Hayden Shieh for first at seven-under (137). BYU's Patrick Fishburn is two strokes behind in third.
Nolan opens the third round for the Zags Saturday morning at 7:20 a.m. Pacific Time. Live scoring will be available on GoZags.com.
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