Want to follow what’s going on throughout the 2013 Saint Mary’s Invitational at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, Calif.? Keep an eye right here throughout the day for day two updates, scores and the flat-out wacky (I’m guarding my pairing sheet tighter today). The latest updates will pop up at the top of the page, so hit refresh for the newest info. For live scores, visit the tournament page on Golfstat.com.
2:15 p.m.: So here are the champions! San Diego’s Grant Forrest cards a 7-under over three rounds and takes the individual title by a stroke over Cal’s Michael Weaver. Cal finishes as the runaway team champion at 10-under. Oregon finishes second. Thanks to everyone for reading this week!
2:05 p.m.: Everyone’s off the course now and the awards ceremony should start here pretty soon in the clubhouse at Bayonet and Black Horse. Should have some final results for ya’ll shortly.
1:30 p.m.: A few groups are startling to trickle in to the clubhouse, with the end of today’s round not too far away. The team title seems likely to be Cal’s, but the battle for second rages on with Oregon currently holding the position at plus-18. The fight for the individual title is far closer, with San Diego’s Grant Forrest and Cal’s Michael Weaver deadlocked at 6-under right now.
12:00 p.m.: Instant stat analysis, courtesy of the helpful folks at Golfstat. Yesterday’s toughest hole, No. 12, is a whole lot easier to handle today. With the tees back yesterday, it averaged plus-0.70. Today, with the tees up a bit, that number is at plus-0.44. Today’s toughest hole so far is the par-4 9th. Measuring 476 yards, it’s being played at an average of plus-0.68. The easiest holes yesterday, 18 and 10, remain the easiest today so far.
11:15 a.m.: While still clear.and sunny, it’s definitely a bit breezier on course today. As you might expect, it’s coming in off the ocean.
10:35 a.m.: Bit of a live score update for you. Cal remains firmly in front, but the race for second is still extremely tight. Oregon has joined the fray and is tied for second with San Diego at plus-13. Saint Mary’s sits one shot back, while Santa Clara rounds out the top five at plus-15. Michael Weaver has taken a two-shot lead in the individual race, sitting at minus-6 on the tournament.
9:10 a.m.: More on the earlier ace by Florida Gulf Coast’s Matt Cote, who was still pumped up when I found him on the 8th fairway. The lone witness to the ball hitting the bottom of the cup was Andy Geyer, whose last name might be familiar to Gael fans. He’s the father of Ben Geyer, SMC stud of the past few seasons. Andy is taking live scoring after players come off hole 6, and with the sun in the position it was, none of the golfers on the tee box could see what the ball did. So, Geyer raised his arms, the universal signal for something good on the golf course. When Cote got up to the green, he found his ball had disappeared in the best way.
“It was just a little 5-iron from 196 (yards). It came off just right, a little draw,” said Cote, who is coached by SMC grad Brett Jensen. “Landed on the front fringe, two hops I guess and in the hole.”
Cote said it’s already been a good trip for the Eagles, who at this present moment sit seventh overall in the team standings. They’re still very much in the hunt for second though, trailing the host Gaels by just four strokes. Cote is 1-under through his first four holes, with an adventuresome ace, birdie, bogey, bogey start.
“We’re loving it. It’s my first trip out to California,” Cote said. “It’s been pretty awesome, especially getting my first hole in one.”
8:45 a.m.: First big news of the day comes courtesy of Florida Gulf Coast senior Matt Cote, who recorded our first ace this year on his very first hole of the day! He started on No. 6, a par-3 measuring 196 yards with the tees up this morning. He said he didn’t even see it go in, but the course monitor on the hole said it hit on the fringe, took two hops and dropped. Matt said it was an easy 5-iron, and said it’s his first career ace. Dunk City™ indeed!
7:25 a.m.: The headphones are plugged in for the majority of golfers as they hit the driving range to work on things before today’s final round. No word on what they’re tuned in to, but my guess is probably something like Air Supply or Survivor.
6:35 a.m.: We’re back at the course for day two, with golfers finishing breakfast and trying to wipe the sleep out of their eyes. What’s on the menu? Same as yesterday, with eggs, bacon, potatoes, the usual buffet spread. After food, it’s a trip outside to the practice green and driving range as we ramp up to an 8 a.m. start here at Bayonet and Black Horse GC.