SMC Mens Golf finishes fifth at Seaside

by Caitlin McLain | COLLEGIAN

The Gaels took fifth place at the Saint Mary’s Invitational at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Course on Monday thanks to a pair of solid even-par rounds by Alex Bungert after 36 holes.

Cal led the competition after shooting a combined six-under 570 (288/282). Saint Mary’s posted a score of 294 on both the Bayonet and Black Horse courses, finishing with a total of 588. San Francisco and St. John’s both sat one shot behind the Gaels at 589 and, lastly, Oregon finished at 590.

“We played Bayonet, which is the harder course, pretty good. 6-over is a good score over there. Going over to Black Horse, 6-over is not a good score over there,” Saint Mary’s coach Scott Hardy said. “We just need to finish better and hopefully we come out tomorrow and do that, at the end of the round play well. That’s how it always is in golf. If you finish well, you feel like you played well.”

On Tuesday the Saint Mary’s golf team wrapped up the invitational with scenic and beautiful weather conditions, and finished in fifth in the team standings.

Alex Bungert was Saint Mary’s highest-placing individual with a three-round total of four-over par 220, which placed Bungert in a tie for 12th. Maclayne Marr carded the Gaels’ best round on Tuesday, shooting an even-par 72, which included five birdies.

Cal finished in first with the team title and combined score of 10-under 854. Oregon finished second at 20-over par 884. The individual title was claimed by San Diego’s Grant Forrest who birdied his last two holes to shooting a three-under 69 on the final day and finishing at seven-under (209) for the tournament.

The individual standings for the Gaels following Bungert were junior Tye Gabriel, who shot rounds of three-over, one-over and four-over to finish with a seven-over 223, Marr, whose even-par round on Tuesday left him at seven-over for the tournament as well; and Dalan Refioglu (plus-11 over 227) and Cody Robinson (plus-16 over 232).

The Gaels also played three individuals this week: freshman Hunter Rappleye who lead the group at 13-over 229, Nick Sako who carded a three-round total of 14-over 230 and Jay Pinkos finishing at 17-over 233.

Next up for the Saint Mary’s golf team is the Firestone Intercollegiate at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, from Oct. 7th to the 8th.

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