April 15, 2013
(Bremerton, WA) - The USD men's golf team finds itself in a tie for 5th place with Santa Clara after day one at the 2013 West Coast Conference Men's Golf Championships. USD and the Broncos shot a team score of 299 (+11) on the Olympic Course (par 72; 7,007 yards) at the Gold Mountain Golf Club. Saint Mary's College, last year's team winner and currently ranked 23rd in the nation, is the clubhouse leader with their even par total of 288. USD sophomore Linus Vaisanen
carded a 1-under par 71 and finds himself tied for 4th overall with two others. Round two will be played on Tuesday and the championship will wrap up on Wednesday. Live Scoring is available at www.golfstat.com.
Vaisanen was followed by sophomore teammate Grant Forrest who fired an opening round 74. The Toreros began their round from the 10th tee and played the tougher nine going out. After the turn Vaisanen went on to tally four birdies coming in against just one bogey for a fine 33 over his final nine holes. Vaisanen and Forrest were followed by Taylor Schmidt, Joe Carlson and Alexis Gemme-Piacente who all finished with 5-over par 77's.
Vaisanen is just one stroke back of the three leaders who all opened with 2-under par 70's - Scott Lowe of Santa Clara, Joe Parkinson of BYU and 2012 champion Ben Geyer of Saint Mary's. BYU (291, +3) finds itself just 3 strokes back of clubhouse leader Saint Mary's (288, E), and is followed by San Francisco (297, +9) and Pepperdine (297, +9). Rounding out the team standings after USD and Santa Clara is Gonzaga (303; +15) and Loyola Marymount (305; +17).
2013 WCC Men's Golf Championships
Olympic Course (par 72, 7007 yards) at Gold Mountain Golf Club
1, Saint Mary's, 288 (E)
2, BYU, 291 (+3)
T-3, Pepperdine, 297 (+9)
T-3, San Francisco, 297 (+9)
T-5, San Diego, 299 (+11)
T-5, Santa Clara, 299 (+11)
7, Gonzaga, 303 (+15)
8, Loyola Marymount, 305 (+17)
T1, Ben Geyer, Saint Mary's, 70 (-2)
T1, Scott Lowe, Santa Clara, 70 (-2)
T1, Joe Parkinson, BYU, 70 (-2)
T-5th San Diego, 299 (+10)
T-4, Linus Vaisanen, 71 (-1)
T-13, Grant Forrest, 74 (+2)
T-27, Taylor Schmidt, 77 (+5)
T-27, Joe Carlson, 77 (+5)
T-27, Alexis Gemme-Piacente, 77 (+5)