San Francisco charges in second round of the West Coast Conference Championship
Taylor Travis
Taylor Travis

(Hollister, CA) – San Francisco men's golf made a furious charge during the second round of the 2012 West Coast Conference Golf Championships and fired a 10-under 278 on Tuesday at the San Juan Oaks Golf Club. The defending WCC Champions jumped into second place and trail Saint Mary's by six shots going into the final round on the par-72 course playing at 6,172 yards.

"We had a really good day," USF head coach Rich Yokota said. "We talked a lot about playing smart, aggressive golf. This course gives you some definite opportunities and I think we were a little conservative yesterday. Having posted a 17-under a year ago, most of these guys remember it can be done. It all kind of came together and we played well today top to bottom. We pretty much left Jobim alone today and he played well. We all know how good James is and he's starting to putt better. Taylor is really swinging well right now."

Defending medalist junior Taylor Travis leads the Dons in fourth place at four-under 140 (70, 70). Travis carded three birdies and just one bogey on the day. Senior Ji Hwan Park is in a share of fifth place at three under 141 (72, 69) after notching four birdies. Sophomore James Back is tied for eighth at two-under 142 (73, 69). Back registered a team-high six birdies on the round, while freshman Jobim Carlos had five.

"This is the first time all year that we've had five guys in the lineup that are truly healthy," Yokota said. "We're a better team now than we've been all year. Ji Hwan Park had a real shot at winning this tournament last year and I know he wants revenge this year. He's as tough as nails right now and is really focused coming off two wins in the spring. He looks like he's going to be tough tomorrow."

Saint Mary's owns a seven-shot lead with 18 holes to play after firing a one-under 287. The Dons are second at 567 (289, 278). Brigham Young jumped into third place at 576 (290, 286). Jonathan De Los Reye leads the field with a six-under 138 (65, 73).

USF opens up the final round of the WCC Championship Wednesday at San Juan Oaks Golf Club. The Dons will go off No. 1 tee starting at 9:30 AM.

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