San Diego, Manganello of Fresno State Take Titles in St. Mary’s Invitational

The University of San Diego captured the team championship and Matthew Manganello of Fresno State took home title individual with a closing eagle in the 16th annual St. Mary’s Invitational at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

The Toreros landed four players in the top 10 and posted a score of 275-287-283—845, seven-under-par to coast to their first victory since the 2021 Hoakalei Country Club Invitational by a whopping 16 strokes over Colorado State, which finished at 284-288-289—861.

Host St. Mary’s of Moraga wound up third at 285-293-286—864, followed by Loyola Marymount at 277-297-291—865, Santa Clara at 281-293-294—868, and Chattanooga at 287-294-290—871.

Fresno State placed seventh at 282-296-295—873, followed by Northern Illinois at 289-302-290—881, Texas San Antonio at 295-294-294—883, and Washington State at 293-294-298—885.

Pacific came in 12th at 296-301-292—889, UC Santa Barbara finished 15th at 298-307-299—904, and Sacramento State was 16th at 304-309-296—909.

Manganello, a junior from Las Vegas, claimed his first college title with that closing eagle to card a career-low score of 66-70-70—206, seven-under-par, edging David Rauch of San Diego, who wound up at 69-67-71—207, while Kristian Bressum of St. Mary’s was third at 73-69-67—209.

Following his victory, Manganello was named Mountain West Conference Men’s Golfer of the Month.

Carson Enright of San Diego shot 67-74-71—212 to tie for fourth with Connor Jones of Colorado State, who totaled 68-72-72—212, and Riley Lewis of Loyola Marymount, who finished at 65-75-72—212.

Viraj Garewal of Santa Clara posted a score of 71-71-71—213 to tie for seventh with Rasmus Hjelm of Colorado State, who wound up at 67-73-73—213, while Evan Kawai of San Diego shot 71-74-69—214 to tie for ninth with Tommy Dunshire of Northern Illinois, who finished at 71-73-70—214, Andi Xu of San Diego, who came in at 68-74-72—214.

Rounding out the scoring for team champion San Diego were Harrison Kingsley in a tie for 12th at 71-72-72—215 and Kevin An in a tie for 41st at 71-78-74—223.

San Diego is coached by Chris Riley, a native of San Diego who played on the PGA Tour for 12 seasons and claimed two victories as a pro, including the 2002 Reno-Tahoe open in a playoff over Jonathan Kaye. He also lost in a playoff to John Daly at the 2004 Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla.

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