Men's spring preview: West Coast Conference
During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the West Coast Conference:
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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
• Top of the class: BYU
• Player to watch: Joe Parkinson, BYU. The 14th-ranked player in the Golfweek Rankings picked up a win at the Pacific Invitational. In the team’s four tournament he never finished worse than fifth.
• Freshman to watch:
• Conference championship: April 14-16, Gold Mountain GC, Bremerton, Wash.
• Past champions (since 2009): Saint Mary’s (2012-13), San Francisco (2011), Pepperdine (2010), San Francisco (2009)
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(Golfweek/Sagarin rank in parentheses)
• BYU (No. 38) : The Cougars claimed its first title of the season at the Pacific Invitational in the last tournament of the fall. Sophomore Joe Parkinson lead the way with four top-five finishes, including a victory.
• Saint Mary’s (No. 85): After opening the fall with a 12-th place finish at the Northern Intercollegiate, the Gaels finished fifth in its last four tournaments. Best individual finishes came from sophomore Maclayne Marr (T-8) for the team at the Firestone Invitational.
• San Francisco (No. 86) : The Dons best finish came at the Cabo Intercollegiate, and placed in the top-six in three other tournaments. Junior Jobim Carlos picked up his first collegiate win. Junior Emil Liljeroth from Sweden had his best collegiate finish at the Warrior Wave Intercollegiate (eighth).
• San Diego (No. 88) : The team seemed to progress as the fall went on, but slipped up in its last tournament – the Warrior Princeville Makai Invite – as they finished 10th. Before that, the Toreros finished inside the top-four in three tournaments.
• Santa Clara (No. 100) : The Broncos finished second at he Pacific Invitational and fourth at the Cabo Intercollegiate, which highlighted the fall. They finished with a 34-28-1 head-to-head record for the fall season.
• Pepperdine (No. 122) : In four tournaments during the fall, the Waves finished fifth at the Bill Cullum Invitational. Sophomore Frederick Wedel had the best finish of the fall with a T-10 at the Bill Cullum Invitational. The Waves start their season at the Sea Best Invitational, Feb. 3-4.
• Pacific (No. 132) : Finished sixth at its own Pacific Invitational, but finished fourth at the Stars and Stripes Invitational for its only top-five finish of the fall. Eric Sugimoto and Byron Meth has scoring averages lower that 73.00. Meth has one top-10 and Sugimoto had three top-20 finishes.
• Loyola Marymount (No. 186): The Lions had a 10th-place showing at the 19-team SMU Invite. Senior Tyler Torano finished fifth at the Saint Mary’s Invitational. Sophomore Chase Nicolai had two top-15 finishes during the fall. They finished with a 17-30-0 record with the team’s 137th-ranked schedule.
• Gonzaga (No. 187) : Played in five tournaments this fall and had its best finish at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate, the first tournament of the year. The Zags’ first spring tournament is at the Rice Intercollegiate in Houston, Feb. 24-25.