Men's Golf Earns Bid to NCAA Championships
The Gaels finished second in WCC play and won a bid to the NCAA Championships to cap one of the best seasons in SMC golf history. At the championships in May in Indiana, the Gaels finished 30th in the nation.
“I am excited about and proud of what the team accomplished this year,” says head coach Scott Hardy '98. “We worked very hard and it was rewarding to see it pay off in a trip to the national championships. Our student-athletes have continued to raise the bar for SMC athletics.”
Leading the team were seniors Mike McRae and Chadd Cocco, both All-WCC First Team selections for the fourth time. McRae and Cocco rank third and fourth respectively in the Gael record books for best career scoring average.
McRae, also named a Golf Coaches Association of America All-America Honorable Mention, led the team throughout the season with a stroke average of 72.5 going into the NCAA Championships in West Lafayette, Ind.
Cocco finished tied for first in the WCC Championships. At the NCAA Championships, he led the Gaels with a 24th-place individual finish.
In 2008–09, Robert McRae and Daniel Cone will return, hoping to continue the program's success. Incoming golfers Tim Honeycutt, Oregon 6A high school individual champion Geoff Petroff, and Second Team Junior College All-American Henrik Holm join the Gaels to compete in five fall tournaments. The fall golf schedule includes the San Francisco Invitational at the Olympic Club and the SMC Invitational at Poppy Hills.