BYU golf: Blair named WCC Co-Player of the Year, men's and women's golf finish in third at WCC Golf Championships

By Chris Scheitinger

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, April 17 2013 9:23 p.m. MDT

Men's Golf Coach of the Year

Scott Hardy, Saint Mary's

2013 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE MEN'S GOLF TEAM

Zac Blair, Sr., BYU

Jonathan De Los Reyes, So., Saint Mary's

James Fahy, So., Gonzaga

Grant Forrest, So., San Diego

Justin Keiley, Jr., BYU

Mac McClung, Sr., Saint Mary's

Cory McElyea, Jr., San Francisco

Taylor Travis, Sr., San Francisco

Sean Walsh, Fr., Gonzaga

2013 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION

Jobim Carlos, San Francisco; Gio Gandionco, Santa Clara; Cody McManus, Pepperdine; Taylor Schmidt, San Diego; Tyler Torano, Loyola Marymount

BREMERTON, Wash. – Lea Garner shot a final round 76 (+4) to preserve a third-place finish for BYU at the West Coast Conference Golf Championships on Wednesday.

The Cougars shot their best team score of the tournament during Wednesday’s final round finishing with a third round 307 (+19) and tournament total 928 (+64). Appearing in just its second WCC Championship tournament, BYU’s third-place finish is its best as members of the WCC, following last year’s sixth-place finish at the conference tournament.

“I thought we played solid,” BYU head coach Carrie Roberts said. “Each day we had a few holes that got us, but overall it was positive – top three, best finish of the year. Lea was outstanding.”

Consistent play throughout the tournament helped steady the Cougars in the third spot for most of the tournament. BYU finished 12 strokes better than fourth place Santa Clara (+76), while No. 24 Pepperdine won the tournament at 19-over-par with Gonzaga coming in second place at 36-over-par.

Coming off two top-20 finishes in her last two tournaments, Garner had a strong showing at the WCC Championships. Carding a 4-over 76 during the final round, Garner finished the tournament in fifth place at 8-over-par, her best career finish. She made three birdies on the day, in addition to nine pars.

Following the tournament, Garner was named to the 2013 All-West Coast Conference Women’s Golf Team after completing a strong freshman season.

“Lea’s very determined and competitive,” Roberts said. “It’s fun to see her grow and I think she’ll just keep getting better and better.”

Junior Annika Kahaiali’i shot a final round 80 (+8), converting one birdie and 10 pars. She finished the tournament in 12th place at 19-over-par, her first top-20 finish of the season.

Senior Amanda Keith showed steady improvement throughout the tournament scoring a final round 75 (+3), her best round of the tournament. Keith finished the 54-hole tournament at 21-over-par to tie for 14th place on the individual leaderboard.

Both Kahaiali’i and Keith were recognized as 2013 All-West Coast Conference honorable mentions following the conclusion of the tournament.

Junior Selu Fotu and sophomore Lauren Atkinson both shot 78 during the third round placing 18th and 21st, respectively, in the individual standings. Fotu made one birdie and 11 pars, while Atkinson added 13 pars of her own during the final round.

The Cougars will look to build upon this season’s experience next year as they embark on their third season in the West Coast Conference.

Individual Scores

5 Lea Garner 74, 74, 76, +8

12 Annika Kahaiali'i 78, 77, 80, +19

T14 Amanda Keith 83, 79, 75, +21

18 Selu Fotu 77, 83, 78, +22

21 Lauren Atkinson 79, 84, 78, +25

Team Scores

1 Pepperdine, +19

2 Gonzaga, +36

3 BYU, +64

4 Santa Clara, +76

5 San Francisco, +101

6 Cal State Bakersfield, +154

2013 WCC All-Conference Awards

Women's Golf Player of the Year

Grace Na, Jr., Pepperdine

Women's Golf Freshman of the Year

Raychelle Santos, Gonzaga

Women's Golf Coach of the Year

Brad Rickel

2013 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE WOMEN'S GOLF TEAM

Liv Cheng, Jr., Pepperdine

Alina Ching, So., Pepperdine

Marissa Chow, Fr., Pepperdine

Victoria Fallgren, Sr., Gonzaga

Lea Garner, Fr., BYU

Balbina Guajardo, Sr., Santa Clara

Alice Kim, So., Gonzaga

Grace Na, Jr., Pepperdine

Raychelle Santos, Fr., Gonzaga

Han Wu, So., Gonzaga

2013 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION

Taylor Camany, Santa Clara; Annika Kahaiali'i, BYU; Peppiina Kaija, San Francisco; Amanda Keith, BYU; Somin Lee, Pepperdine; Ashley Noda, Santa Clara; Monique Riley, Santa Clara

Chris Scheitinger is a student at Brigham Young University studying Public Relations. Contact him at cscheitinger@gmail.com

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