Montgomery Ties for Fifth at WCC Championships

April 22, 2017

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PROVO, Utah -- Angus Montgomery made seven birdies in the third and final round to finish in a tie for fifth at the 2017 West Coast Conference Championships Saturday.

Montgomery entered the last day of the tournament at the Riverside Country Club in a tie for 13th, but climbed the leaderboard after carding a 67 (-5) in the final round. His five-under round was the lowest of the season for Gonzaga. He went one-under through the first nine holes Saturday, which was the back-nine on the course, before making five birdies and going four-under over the front-nine. The senior finished five-under (211) in the tournament.

Montgomery finished the event with 18 birdies, the most in the 45-golfer field. He went six-under on the course's Par-5 holes, an average of 4.50 on those holes, which ranked third in the tournament field.

"Angus knew he had to put together a really good round today to catch the leaders and he gave it a valiant effort, but it was just too much of a deficit to overcome," GU head coach Robert Gray said. "Regardless, it's a great way to finish his collegiate career."

Ryan Gaske tied for 15th. He finished at one-under (215), after a three-over (75) in Round 3. The senior was three-over on the back-nine and even-par on the front. He made four of his 11 birdies on the final day, and ended the tournament with 34 pars. Gaske averaged 3.90 on the Par-4 holes, going three-under on those holes, which ranked fifth in the field.

"Ryan was closest to the leaders entering the round today," Gray said. "He started off with a couple of bogeys, then bounced back with two birdies. He gave it his best shot the rest of the round, but the putter didn't cooperate. Even so, he finished his career with a top-15 finish.

"This wraps up their collegiate careers and we wish them all the best add they move forward into the next stages of their lives."

Nick Nolan and David Ganz both tied for 42nd. They were 13-over (229) in the event. Nolan was two-over (74) in the third round, while Ganz was three-over (75). Nolan made three birdies on Saturday, while Ganz made 13 pars.

Chris Mogg made 12 pars on Day 3, finishing with a 77 (+5). He made seven pars on the front-nine, going even-par on the last nine holes of the day. The freshman finished 44th at 15-over (231) in his first collegiate conference championship.

The Bulldogs placed ninth at 15-over (879). Gonzaga's 291 (+3) final round total was its sixth-lowest output of the season.

"For the team, we just didn't put it together this week," Gray said. "We had some good individual scores from Angus and Ryan, but our 3-5 scores didn't to allow us to put up competitive team scores.

"Those returning understand that they have a number of things to improve on so we can take a big jump forward next year. With a four-month summer break, they have a lot of time to do so. For the next few weeks, it's all about prepping for finals and taking care of their academics."

BYU won the team title. The Cougars were 24-under (840), seven strokes ahead of Pepperdine's second place finish. BYU's total was the second-lowest in the WCC Championship's 49-year history. The Cougars' Peter Kuest took medalist honors after beating Santa Clara's Hayden Shieh in a one-hole playoff. Both golfers ended the tournament at 11-under (205).

 

 

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