SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara men's golf returned to the top-50 of the recent Golfstat.com rankings and plays its final event before the WCC Championship by competing in the 12-team Geiberger Invitational, which gets underway Monday at the 7,204-yard, par-72 PGA West Nicklaus Course in La Quinta, Calif.
The field, which consists of five WCC schools, will play 54 holes on Monday and a single 18-hole round on Tuesday.
A pair of top-5 finishes in their last two events boosted the Broncos to No. 49 in the recent poll, leaving them behind BYU (38) as the highest ranked teams competing this week. Tournament host Loyola Marymount (117), San Diego (138) and Pacific (154) are the other WCC teams competing ahead of the conference tournament next week.
The Broncos' top three players will each be competing in their 10th event of the season. Senior Hayden Shieh, ranked 73rd on Golfstat's individual player list, leads the team with a 70.33 stroke average.
Sophomore Matt McCarty has been the hottest Bronco during the fall with three top-5s and his first collegiate title in five events. He's been the highest team finisher in four of the five events, lowering his stroke average to 70.96.
Junior Derek Ackerman has been solid as the No. 3 player with four top-20 finishes and a 71.78 average.
First round action begins Monday with a shotgun format at 8:30 a.m. Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.
Name: Geiberger Invitational
Dates (Site): Monday-Tuesday, April 9-10 (La Quinta, Calif.)
Host: Loyola Marymount University
Tournament Field (Rank): BYU (38), Cal Poly SLO (139), Cal State Northridge (197), Florida Gulf Coast (180), Fresno State (106), LMU (117), Menlo College (NA), Pacific (154), San Diego (138), Santa Clara (49), Stetson (245), UC Santa Barbara (113).
Details: The field will play 36 holes on Monday with a shotgun format starting play at 8:30 a.m. A single 18-hole round will play on Tuesday with tee times off holes No. 1 and 10 starting at 7:30 a.m. A total of 54 holes will be played with the low four of five scores counted each round for the team total.
Course: PGA West Nicklaus Course
Yardage/Par: 7,204 yards / Par 72
Live Scoring: www.Golfstat.com