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Austin Rustand | Posted: 28 Apr 2022 | Updated: 19 May 2022
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Ponich leads WCC Championship after 18-holes, BYU in fourth

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Cole Ponich hits a putt during the first round of the WCC Championship.
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Cole Ponich lines up a putt during round one of the WCC Championship. David Timmins hits a shot during round one of the WCC Championship. Max Brenchley hits a shot during the WCC Championship. Carson Lundell lines up a putt during round one of the WCC Championship. Tyson Shelley hits a shot during round one of the WCC Championship. Daniel Summerhays surveys a putt during round one of the WCC Championship.

HENDERSON, Nev. — BYU men’s golf sits in fourth place after the first round of the West Coast Conference Championship at Reflection Bay Golf Club, Thursday.

“Playing in 20-to-30 mile per hour winds seems to be the new norm for us,” said BYU director of golf Todd Miller. “Reflection Bay was a very technical golf course today with firm greens and heavy winds which required us to be locked in all day long.”

No. 6 ranked Pepperdine (288) is tied at the top with LMU (288) at even par after 18-holes and hold just a one-shot advantage over the San Diego Toreros (289). The Cougars (291) are three-shots off the day-one lead with San Francisco (292) rounding out the top-5 at 4-over-par.

BYU’s Cole Ponich (69) is tied at the top of the leaderboard with Riley Lewis (69) of LMU at 3-under-par. Ponich jumped out to a hot start, birdieing three of his first four holes on his way to posting a bogey free front nine. An even-par back nine gave him a share of the first-round lead,

“Cole’s 3-under 69 today was really impressive,” said Miller. “He got off to a quick start with those three early birdies. The wind howled all day, but Cole was locked in, making some great pars down the stretch to hold on to the first-round lead.”

David Timmins sits in a tie for 11th after an even par opening round. Timmins was 2-over-par when he made the turn but proceeded to make three-straight birdies to get under par early in his second nine. The senior made two bogeys and a par down the stretch to put him in the top-11 going into round two.

PING Cougar Classic champion Carson Lundell and U.S. Open Regional Qualifier Max Brenchley both posted a 3-over opening round and sit just outside the top-25 in a tie for 27th going into the second round. Tyson Shelley rounded out the day one scoring for the Cougars with a 78 and sits in a tie for 39th.

“We get to tee off a little earlier than the leaders tomorrow which should give us a great opportunity to shoot a low score,” said Miller.

BYU tees off tomorrow at 7:50 a.m. PDT in a paring with Santa Clara and San Francisco for round two of the WCC Championship. Live scoring is available at golfstat.com and live updates will be posted on the BYU men’s golf Instagram account.

Individual Leaderboard

Place Player R1 Total To Par
T-1 Cole Ponich 69 69 -3
11th David Timmins 72 72 E
T-27 Carson Lundell 75 75 +3
T-27 Max Brenchley 75 75 +3
T-39 Tyson Shelley 78 78 +6

Team Leaderboard (Top 5)

Place Team R1 Total To Par
T-1 No. 6 Pepperdine 288 288 E
T-1 LMU 288 288 E
3rd San Diego 289 289 +1
4th BYU 291 291 +3
5th San Francisco 292 292 +4
 

 
Austin Rustand | Posted: 27 Apr 2022 | Updated: 30 Apr 2022
Austin Rustand

Cougars to tee it up at WCC Championship in Vegas

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Tyson Shelley walks across the green during the 57th PING Cougar Classic.

PROVO, Utah — BYU men’s golf will tee it up at the 2022 WCC Championship at Reflection Bay Golf Club, April 28-30.

The Cougars are seeking their first WCC championship since the 2017 campaign when future All-Americans Peter Kuest, Patrick Fishburn and Rhett Rasmussen led BYU to a seven-shot victory over No. 22 ranked Pepperdine. 

Carson Lundell, David Timmins, Cole Ponich, Tyson Shelley and Max Brenchley will represent BYU as they compete against No. 6 Pepperdine, Gonzaga, LMU, Pacific, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara for the conference title.

The Cougars are scheduled to tee off at 8:40 a.m. PDT and will be paired with the Dons and Waves in the first round. Reflection Bay Golf Club will host the 54-hole contest with 18-holes being played each day on the 7,193-yard championship course.

BYU has found it's stride heading into the conference championship coming off a fifth-place finish at the Western Intercollegiate on April 13, and a come-from-behind victory at the Cougar Classic on April 23. In their second win of the 2021-22 campaign, the Cougars held off WCC foe San Diego with a furious comeback, going 12-under-par in the last eight holes to win the Cougar Classic title.

Lundell, an honorable mention All-American in 2021, is one of the favorites to win the individual title this week at Reflection Bay. The senior is riding the momentum of a runner-up finish at the Western Intercollegiate and a victory at last week's Cougar Classic that included a final round 65 to win individual honors.

Live scoring for the WCC Championship will be available at golfstat.com and live updates will be posted on the BYU men’s golf Instagram page.