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Lamar University Narrowly Wins SMC/Merrill Lynch Invitational
12 Apr 2006
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PEBBLE BEACH, CA (April 12, 2006) -– Lamar University shot a 297 in the final round as a team to pull out a one stroke victory over Xavier University on Tuesday afternoon at Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach, CA. The Cardinals trailed Xavier by one stroke as a team heading into Tuesday’s final round.

The two-day tournament held on the prestigious course came down to the final pairing, when Lamar’s Oliver Bekker turned in a 71 on the par 72 course to close the day for his team, while Xavier’s John Steibich finished with a 73. Lamar finished the tournament 27 strokes over par.

Fresno State rounded out the top three, finishing with a 908 overall, including a 305 on the final day.

The Individual title was won by Fresno State’s Jason Anthony, who won in a playoff by default. Lamar’s Oliver Bekker tied Anthony, with both players totaling 218 (+2). Streibich finished third in the individual race with a 220.

Final Top 20 Teams Scores

1 Lamar University 299 295 297 891 2 Xavier University 298 295 299 892 3 Fresno State 292 311 305 908 4 UT-Arlington 306 296 307 909 5 UC-Santa Barbara 299 304 313 916 Cal Poly 309 302 305 916 7 Santa Clara Univ. 303 306 308 917 8 Loyola Marymount U. 300 310 311 921 St. Mary's (CA) 309 302 310 921 10 Boise State Univ. 302 299 321 922 11 San Francisco, U. of 312 304 309 925 12 Weber State Univ. 308 306 313 927 CSU-Northridge 310 306 311 927 14 Idaho, Univ. of 311 314 305 930 15 Portland, U. of 311 318 318 947 16 UC - Riverside 319 316 313 948 17 St. Joseph's Univer. 309 325 325 959 18 Sacramento State 317 322 321 960 19 Gonzaga University 322 320 324 966

Final Top 20 Players School Scores

1 Jason Anthony Fresno St. 70 73 75 218 Oliver Bekker Lamar 75 72 71 218 3 John Streibich Xavier 72 75 73 220 4 Barry Schenk Weber St. 74 71 77 222 Dawie VanDerWalt Lamar 75 74 73 222 6 Jason Kokrak Xavier 79 69 75 223 Jake Easterly Portland 78 73 72 223 8 Andy Connell Xavier 76 74 74 224 Ryan Keefe UC-SaBarba 74 73 77 224 *Ryan McDonald Fresno St. 75 72 77 224 11 Joe Ryon UC-SaBarba 74 76 75 225 Travis Bertoni Cal Poly 75 73 77 225 Jong Yoon SantaClara 73 79 73 225 Zack Reeves UTA 75 75 75 225 Eric Lillibridge SantaClara 74 74 77 225 16 Jon Rosa Fresno St. 75 78 73 226 Casey Clendenon Lamar 74 74 78 226 Brian Locke Loyola-Mar 70 79 77 226 19 Doug Miller CSUN 79 75 73 227 Jason D'Amore Loyola-Mar 78 73 76 227 Chadd Cocco St. Mary's 77 74 76 227

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