Men's Golf

Lions Roar Back with 286

Jake Sarnoff shot a 71 Tuesday.

Jake Sarnoff shot a 71 Tuesday.

April 17, 2012

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HOLLISTER, Calif. - LMU men's golf had four golfers hit par or better to lead the Lions to a second round 286 at the 2012 West Coast Conference Men's Golf Championships at San Juan Oaks Golf Course on Tuesday afternoon.

The Lions finished at two-under par as a team, its best round at the WCC Championships since a 279 at the 2009 tournament in Vallejo, Calif. The Lions posted a 16-stroke turnaround from the first round, its best in school history at the WCC tournament.

Senior Jake Sarnoff and junior Boris Stantchev shot rounds of one-under 71, while juniors Eduardo Chavez and Bryan Bergna shot even par. Tyler Torano finished with a 74 on Tuesday.

The Lions jumped two spots in the standings, entering the final round on Wednesday with a 588. The Lions are sitting three strokes ahead of Pepperdine (591) and seven behind San Diego (581).

On the day, the Lions round of 286 tied BYU for third best on the day. San Francisco led the field with a 278 and is now just six strokes behind leader Saint Mary's. The Gaels, who shot a 274 on Monday, have a two-round 561 while the Dons are at 567.

Bergna continues to lead the Lions on the individual leader board, sitting in a tie for 11th with a two-round 144. Torano is also in the top-20, sitting in a tie for 19th with a 147.

Stantchev used his one-under par on Tuesday to jump 12 spots in the standings and sits in a tie for 22nd with a 149. Chavez jumped into nine spots thanks to his even par in round two, sitting in a tie for 29th with a 151.

The Lions other one-under on the day belonged to Sarnoff, who jumped six spots in the standings to a tie for 33rd with a two-round 152.

LMU will begin the final round on Wednesday, April 18, in groups six through 10 with San Diego and Gonzaga. Sarnoff will tee-off in group six at 8:40 a.m., followed by Chavez at 8:50, Stantchev and 9:00, Torano at 9:10, and Bergna at 9:20 a.m.

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