Former Saint Mary’s golfers Ben Geyer and Mac McClung advanced through the first of three stages of qualifying for the Web.com Tour.
Geyer finished in a tie for 29th place, right on the cut line, in the 72-hole first stage that concluded today at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon in Beaumont, Calif. He fired rounds of 71-74-70-69 for a 4-under par 284.
McClung qualified for the second round two weeks ago with an 11th place tie at 5-under par 283 with rounds of 67-73-72-71 at Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz.
According to PGATour.com, Q school provides access to the 2015 Web.com Tour for players who can advance through all three stages (some were also required to advance through pre-qualifying, which wrapped up on September 19).
There will be three more first-stage events this week, and three next week. All six second-stage events will take place in November, and the final-stage event will be held December 11-16 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Stephanie Busch of the Saint Mary’s women’s soccer team was recently featured in the Santa Cruz Sentinel “County Connections,” section as the senior goalkeeper has seen an increased role this season.
Busch recently helped lead the Gaels to a 0-0 tie against No. 8 Pepperdine, grabbing eight saves in the match. Busch is a Santa Cruz HS graduate and continues to look strong in goal for the Gaels.
Saint Mary’s continues West Coast Conference action this week when it travels to Pacific on Saturday.
While roughly just over an hour’s drive apart, Saint Mary’s and Pacific have not met much over the years, dating back to when the Tigers were a member of the Big West Conference. The last five meetings have been decided by one goal, with the Tigers taking the two most recent meetings 1-0 (2013) and 3-2 (2012). SMC defeated Pacific 1-0 in 2009 (most recent SMC match at Pacific) and 2-1 on a neutral field in 2004.
This past Sunday, the Saint Mary’s baseball team welcomed nearly 250 kids from around the region to Louis Guisto Field for a free skills clinic hosted by Gaels players and coaches. The day went off as a huge hit, with stations devoted to nearly every aspect of the game positioned both on the field and nearby open spaces.
Want a peek at how the day went? Check out this video produced by SMCGaels.com. And, keep an eye on the website in the coming days for updates as the Gaels continue their preparations for the 2015 season.
With the college basketball season quickly approaching, the season previews are starting to appear around the Internet. College Hoops Daily writer Jon Teitel recently visited with Saint Mary’s big man Brad Waldow. Here is a link to that interview.
Australia’s National Basketball League opens this weekend with a quartet of former Saint Mary’s players expected to play significant roles with their teams. For complete coverage of the NBL, check out their official site.
Here is a quick list of Gaels on active NBL rosters:
Daniel Kickert – Melbourne United
Clint Steindl – Townsville Crocodiles
Mitchell Young – Cairns Taipans
Lucas Walker – Melbourne United
The renovated Saint Mary’s Stadium re-opens this weekend with three competitions.
The first game will take place on Friday at 4:00 p.m. as the Gaels host No. 8 Pepperdine in West Coast Conference action. The student-athletes will notice the new and improved natural-grass playing surface. Fans will notice the new state-of-the art scoreboard and improved visual surroundings including the nice berm areas.
The match-up between the Gaels and Waves represents a pair of the top scoring teams in the West Coast Conference.
The Saint Mary’s volleyball team will have the national spotlight on it today at 8 p.m. when San Diego comes to McKeon Pavilion for a West Coast Conference showdown.
So, how do you check out all the action? The first option is always to come on down to McKeon and experience it live. Wear your SMC red and get in for just $3. And, from 6:30-7:30, the Gael Force Executive team will be serving root beer floats in front of the gym for all Gael Force members.
Can’t make it to Moraga? Settle in and enjoy the match on ESPNU. Kevin Barnett and Holly McPeak will have the call beginning at 8. If you’re away from the TV, the match will be streamed live on WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app.