Men's Golf Finishes Sixth at WCC Championships
April 17, 2013
Kevin DeHuff shot a team-best even-par 72 to complete the third and final round of the West Coast Conference Championships on Wednesday, but the Pepperdine men's golf team was unable to avoid dropping to a sixth-place finish.
The Waves were just one stroke away from a third-place result, however, and were within single-digits of the team title. Pepperdine had a total of 881 (297-288-296) over the three days at the par-72 Gold Mountain Golf Club. San Diego, BYU and Gonzaga all finished one stroke better at 880. Saint Mary's won the WCC championship with an 872, and San Francisco was second at 874.
"After all that these guys went through this year, to have a chance in the final round, that was an accomplishment," said Pepperdine Coach Michael Beard, who took over in midseason. "But it was also disappointing because I felt like we had too many double and triple bogeys. If we limited those, we could have won by four or five strokes. But you can always look back and say if we only did this, this could have happened. I'm sure other teams feel the same way.
"We did a lot of things well. But we didn't get off to a very good start today, which was difficult to come back from. We tried, but we dug ourselves a little too big of a hole. But we never quit, we kept pushing for another birdie."
With all five players in the lineup coming back next year, Beard can't wait for his first full season in charge.
"We're a young team," he said. "Being in this situation this year, we're only going to learn from it and be better next year."
Freshman Cody McManus (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS) had the best result for the Waves, as he tied for 13th place with a 4-over 220 (73-72-75). He earned All-WCC honorable mention notice with his finish, which was a season best.
"Cody had a good tournament," Beard said. "He didn't hit the ball well but he found a way to score. It was big for him as a freshman to play in the final group today and for him to realize that he can play with the best players in the conference."
DeHuff (Coto de Caza, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic HS) was next, tying for 16th place with a 5-over 221 (75-74-72).
Junior Parker Page (Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS) tied for 18th place at 222 (73-75-74), as did fellow junior Jeremy Sanders (Chatsworth, Calif./New Community Jewish HS/Redlands) with a 77-70-75. Freshman Frederick Wedel (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) tied for 23rd place at 225 (76-72-77).
Both DeHuff and Wedel had eagles on the par-5 sixth hole on Wednesday. Sanders had a team-high 11 birdies over the three days. McManus recorded 38 pars during the three rounds, tied for the most in the tournament.
The Waves defeated rival Loyola Marymount by 11 strokes, giving Pepperdine another point in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup standings.
With the result, Pepperdine's season ended as a team. The squad will wait and hope for at least one individual to earn a spot at an NCAA Regional field, which will be announced on Monday, May 6.
Team Scores: 1. Saint Mary's 288-292-292=872; 2. San Francisco 297-285-292=874; T3. San Diego 299-290-291=880; T3. Brigham Young 291-295-294=880; T3. Gonzaga 303-289-288=880; 6. Pepperdine 297-288-296=881; 7. Loyola Marymount 305-292-295=892; 8. Santa Clara 299-299-306=904.
Top Individuals: 1. Grant Forrest (San Diego) 74-67-69=210; 2. James Fahy (Gonzaga) 76-70-68=214; 3. Sean Walsh (Gonzaga) 72-73-70=215; T4. Cory McElyea (San Francisco) 74-70-72=216; T4. Joe Parkinson (BYU) 70-73-73=216; T4. Tyler Torano (Loyola Marymount) 74-71-71=216.