Welcome to another season of the Saint Mary’s Golf Invitational coming to you live from Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, Calif. Follow along here for all the news and notes from around the course today as we track all 16 teams for today’s 36-hole throwdown. For live scores, visit our tournament page at BirdieFire.com. And, follow @SMCGaels and the hashtag #2014SMCInv on Twitter for photos, quips and the day’s events.
7:45 p.m.: The day is done! Saint Mary’s sits atop the leaderboard with San Diego in second and four WCC schools in the top five. Want the recap? Check it out here. And, check in tomorrow for all the news and notes as we keep you updated on the final day of the Saint Mary’s Invitational.
4:30 p.m.: It’s becoming a West Coast Conference showdown at the top of the standings this afternoon. Saint Mary’s continues to lead the way but San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Diego and Loyola Marymount are all lined up directly behind the Gaels. Kansas State is currently sixth but Pacific sits one spot back in seventh, putting six WCC schools in the top seven as teams begin to make the turn in the second round of the day.
3:45 p.m.: The fog of this morning is a thing of the past and the Monterey Peninsula is bathed in sunshine as players navigate the Black Horse course for round two here in Seaside. As a reminder, you can follow all the live scores today courtesy of BirdieFire.com. The individual race is shaping up to be a close one, with 12 players under par and two — Saint Mary’s Mac Marr and Jonathan De Los Reyes — tied for the lead at 3-under with plenty more golf left to play. The Gaels continue to lead the team standings but San Francisco is making a move this afternoon as the Dons are 5-under as a team in round two so far. Henry Chung eagled No. 12 to help USF get back in the mix.
2:40 p.m.: SMCGaels.com photographer Tod Fierner has been on course all day and we’ve got a few photos to share from today’s first round! Check em out here.
2:15 p.m.: We’re through one round here at Bayonet and Black Horse and, with a few scorecards left to verify, it’s the host Gaels who have the early team lead. SMC finished the Bayonet course at minus-7, led by 70s from Jonathan De Los Reyes, Tye Gabriel and Mac Marr. Perry Cohen also had a strong first round, firing a 1-under 71. Teams are now on the Black Horse course for the second 18 of the day.
11:50 a.m.: With morning about to turn to afternoon, a quick score update. SMC finds itself atop the standings at minus-5 with Kansas State not far behind at minus-3. Loyola Marymount is minus-1 to round out the teams under-par at the moment. On the individual side, Kansas State’s Matt Green and LMU’s Connor Campbell are tied for the lead at 3-under. Three Gaels — Mac Marr, Tye Gabriel and Perry Cohen — are under par at this very moment.
10:15 a.m.: Golfers are beginning to see the sun for the first time this morning, and along with the warmth has come a bunch of very noisy birds circling the 11th green. The audio might make for a few interesting putts for the next few groups to come through.
9 a.m.: Early action on Hole No. 1 of the Bayonet Course has plenty of players either long or in the greenside bunker protecting the front of the hole. Not Saint Mary’s Jonathan De Los Reyes, who laid up and put his approach on the green within striking range. He followed with the most impressive putt of the group, earning a bit of early momentum as he starts play.
7 a.m.: As the sun rises in Seaside, one particular part of the course is the most busy: the clubhouse. That’s where the morning breakfast buffet is,and all 16 teams at some point will stop through to fuel up before they head to the driving range. 23 groups of four players will tee off at 8 a.m. sharp in a shotgun start, so we’ll have action for you shortly as we hunker down for a long day at the course.