April 15, 2012
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LOS ANGELES - LMU men's golf will head to the 2012 West Coast Conference Men's Golf Championships held at San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Gilroy, Calif., Monday, April 16 through Wednesday, April 18. The Lions will send Jake Sarnoff, Tyler Torano, Bryan Bergna, Eduardo Chavez and Boris Stantchev to this year's championships.
The format for this year's championships has changed from a two-day format to that of a three-day format. The nine-team field will play one round each day, culminating with the third and final round on Wednesday, April 18. Prior to this season, the teams played two rounds on Monday and the final round on Tuesday.
"I like the format change as it will give us a chance to evaluate what we need to do to get better and how to better attack the course," said Bergna. "This course features some interesting holes, especially on the back nine, so it will be good to be able to focus on 18 holes each day."
The tournament returns to San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Hollister, Calif. It is the second straight year the tournament will be played on the par-72, 7,133-yard course.
The Lions will tee-off in the first group with BYU on Monday, with the first golfers going off at 8 a.m. Each pair will tee-off eight minutes apart with the fifth pairing going off at 8:32 a.m.
Playing in his final WCC Championship is the senior Sarnoff, who earned first-team All-WCC honors a year ago thanks to his final score of 218 at the 2011 WCC Championships. He finished in a tie for seventh and was named a 2012 Preseason All-WCC selection.
Leading the Lions into the WCC Championships is the sophomore Torano, who has three top-five finishes and five top-20 finishes in his second season with the Lions. He is averaging 73.4 per round and leads the Lions with 11 rounds under par. Torano was also a 2012 Preseason All-WCC selection.
A trio of juniors will make up the rest of the Lions five-man team.
Bergna has been playing his best golf down the stretch this season and is coming off a third place finish two weeks ago at the OGIO Invite. He shot a three-under 213 and enters the WCC Championships with a stroke average of 73.6, second on the team. Chavez and Stantchev round out the Lions' top-five scoring at 77.0 and 77.8.
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