Men's Golf Competes for Conference Crown in California
April 14, 2018
SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Gonzaga men's golf team looks to extend their season with solid performances at the West Coast Conference Championships Monday through Wednesday.
The annual 54-hole championship will be played at the Carlton Oaks Golf Club in Santee, Calif. The University of San Diego is hosting the tournament. The course hosts the 50th annual edition of the tournament for the first time.
The field in order of their Golfstat rankings, the nine-team tournament includes No. 33 Pepperdine, No. 40 Brigham Young, No. 45 San Francisco, No. 50 Santa Clara, No. 52 Saint Mary's, No. 115 Loyola Marymount, No. 126 Gonzaga, No. 150 San Diego and No. 159 Pacific.
Clay Feagler posted three top-six finishes in the first three tournaments of the spring season, including his first collegiate victory at the Prestige at PGA West. Three WCC golfers - Hayden Shieh (SCU), Patrick Fisburn (BYU) and Peter Kuest (BYU) - rank in the top-15 nationally in total birdies. Shieh climbed to No. 4 in October's GolfStat.com individual rankings after posting three top-10 finishes, including the fourth win of his career and six of nine total rounds in the 60s.
San Francisco, BYU and Santa Clara will all enter the WCC Golf Championships coming off team wins. USF and BYU lead the conference with three team titles apiece, while all three have two individual titles each. BYU recorded two individual medalist finishes and two team wins in its first four tournaments of the fall season.
At the 2017 championship, 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).
The Zags' Angus Montgomery made seven birdies in the third and final round to finish in a tie for fifth. He entered the last day of the tournament 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. Montgomery finished five-under (211) in the tournament.
The Bulldogs placed ninth at 15-over (879). Gonzaga's 291 (+3) final round total was its sixth-lowest output of the season. Nick Nolan and David Ganz both tied for 42nd. They were 13-over (229) in the event. Chris Mogg finished 44th at 15-over (231) in his first collegiate conference championship.
The Zags best-ever finish at the WCC Championships was tied for third with an 880 total in 2013. Gonzaga's lowest score was 867 in 2012. The Bulldogs finished fourth that season. No GU men's golfer has ever won the event, but James Fahy and Sean Walsh placed second and third in 2013. Fahy was two-under (214) and Walsh was one-under (215).
All three rounds of this year's championships begin with shotgun starts at 7:50 a.m. Live scoring will be available on GoZags.com with links to GolfStat.com.
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