Men's golf set for second tournament in as many weeks as they head to Saint Mary's Invitational.
Sept. 18, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU men's golf will head north for the second tournament of the young 2011-12 season as they will play in the 15-team Saint Mary's Invitational at Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club in Seaside, Calif.
Saint Mary's Invitational
Location: Seaside, CA
Course: Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club
Date: Monday - Tuesday, Sept. 19-20
Rounds: First/Second Round Monday; Final Round Tuesday
Live Stats: GolfStat.com
The Lions are coming off a tie for fifth finish at the 14-team Palouse Collegiate hosted by Washington State just a week ago. They shot a final round 288 as a group that was the third best round on the day and is the type of round Head Coach Alex Galvan knows his team can achieve consistently.
"We were happy with our performance in the first tournament of the season in Washington," said Galvan, who is in his 10th season. "The final round was top three on the day and is the type of golf I know this team is capable of consistently. Its our goal to get to a point where those types of rounds are the norm and that we finish in the top half every tournament we play in. We are off to a good start."
The Lions will now face a filed that features squads from the Atlantic-10, Atlantic Sun, Big West, Conference USA, Mid-American, Pacific-10, Western Athletic and West Coast conferences. LMU will send senior Jake Sarnoff, juniors Bryan Bergna and Boris Stantchev, sophomore Tyler Torano and freshman Tyler Little to the SMC Invite.
"This is a really good field and will give us a good early look at where we are as a team and within the conference," said Galvan. "This should be a fun tournament."
The field includes: CSU Northridge, Florida Gulf Coast, Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Northern Illinois, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Alabama-Birmingham, Hawai'i, Pacific, Nevada, Oregon, Saint Mary's, San Francisco and Xavier.
The Lions arrived in Monterey on Saturday for afternoon practice rounds and on Sunday each team will participate in a College-Am event on the two courses. The tournament's first round will be played on the 7,117, par 72 Bayonet GC on Monday morning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. That afternoon, the teams will tee-off the second round at 1:30 p.m. on the 7,024, par 72 Blackhourse GC. The final round begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning at Bayonet GC.
Bayonet Golf Course
Drawing rave reviews for its recent renovation, Bayonet Golf Course has ushered in a new and exciting era for the landmark golf course that overlooks the famed Monterey Peninsula. Bayonet Golf Course, designed in 1954 by General Robert McClure, provides both challenges and inspiration to golfers, and was re-sculpted by award-winning golf course architect Gene Bates. Retaining its classic tree-lined character, while showcasing Bates' elegant bunkering and graceful greens, the new Bayonet offers expanded views of the bay. Although the overall length of Bayonet increased only 16 yards from its original design, the strategic and visual impact created by Bates' bunkering is immeasurable. With 7,117 yards of oak and cypress-lined fairways, and four sets of tees, the course is a par 72, with a slope of 141 and a rating of 74.8 from the championship tee box.
Blackhorse Golf Course
Black Horse Golf Course was designed in 1964 by General Edwin Carnes, and includes the most breath-taking views of the Monterey Bay imaginable. The most recent renovations transformed Black Horse GC into a longer, more challenging championship golf course. With long rolling fairways and alluring panoramic views of the Monterey Bay, from the back tees Black Horse is a par 72 layout, measuring 7,024 yards, with a slope of 141 and a rating of 73.7.
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