Feb. 11, 2005
WAIKOLOA, Hawaii - Oklahoma State led wire-to-wire as the Cowboys finished at 63-under par, 801, seven strokes ahead of runner-up Georgia Tech following the third and final day of play at the 2005 Waikoloa/Taylor Made Intercollegiate, played on the par 72, 6,814-yard Waikoloa Village Golf Course Friday afternoon.
UC Davis fired its best round of the tournament with a 15-under, 273, breaking the previous school record of 275 set during the second round of the 2003 Aggie Invitational on at El Macero Country Club. The Aggies finished the three-day event at 31-under par, 833, which also set the school mark for lowest score under par.
The Cowboys (801) held an eight-stroke lead over Washington entering Friday's play and shot a final round of 21-under, 267, tying for the second lowest round of the day. The day's low round, and low round of the tournament, went to Georgia Tech (808), which shot a 26-under, 262, on Friday, vaulting from fourth to second place. Rounding out the top five were Southern California (810), Washington (816) and Arkansas (826).
Competing against one of the toughest fields it will face this season, which included eight of the top fifteen teams in the country, the Aggies beat nationally-ranked UCLA (No.9) and were just one shot behind No.8 Texas and two shots behind No. 15 Arizona State. Individually, Oklahoma Tyler Leon also led from start to finish as he shot a final-round of 7-under, 65, to finish the three days at 21-under, 195. That was enough for a three-stoke victory over teammate Alex Noren (198) and Washington's James Lepp (198). Georgia Tech's Roberto Castro (199), who shot the day's low round with an 8-under, 64, and Oklahoma State's Ryan Posey (199) rounded out the top five.
Junior Erik Hill led the Aggies with a 12-under, 204, for the three-day tournament to finish in a tie for 15th. Hill shot a final round of 3-under, 69, one of three Aggies to break 70 on the final day. Senior Jay Westerlund (207) and sophomore Louie Bishop (208) each shot 5 under par 67's on Friday as Westerlund finished tied for 24th, while Bishop ended his tournament in a tie for 32nd. Sophomore Steve Strong shot a 2-under par 70 on Friday and finished tied for 68th at 2-under, 214, while senior Eric Restrepo had his best round of the tournament with an even par 72. Restrepo finished tied for 102nd at 221.
Individually, Hill defeated nine of the top 50 players in the country, including top-ranked Pablo Martin of Oklahoma State. The Aggies' Hill, Westerlund, and Bishop all beat the No.1, No. 3 (Matt Rosenfeld of Texas), and No. 10 (Kalle Edberg of Augusta State) golfers in the nation, according to rankings released by golfweek.com.
UC DAVIS GOLF
2005 Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate
February 9-11, 2005
Waikoloa Village Golf Course
Par 72 6,791 yards
FINAL TEAM SCORES: 1. Oklahoma State, 801; 2. Georgia Tech, 808; 3. Southern California, 810; 4. Washington, 816; 5. Arkansas, 826; T6. Augusta State, 827; T6. Texas Christian, 827; T8. Arizona State, 831; T8. Stanford, 831; 10. Texas, 832; T11. UC Davis, 833; T11. Kansas, 833; 13. UCLA, 834; 14. Pepperdine, 835; 15. Oregon, 836; 16. Colorado, 840; 17. Fresno State, 844; 18. Oklahoma, 845; 19. Hawaii-Hilo, 853; 20. Rhode Island, 855; 21. Hawaii, 861.
FINAL INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (top 5 plus UC Davis): 1. Tyler Leon, Okla St., 195; T2. James Lepp, Washington, 198; T2. Alex Noren, Oklahoma State, 198; T4. Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech, 199; T4. Ryan Posey, Oklahoma State, 199... T15. Erik Hill, 204; T24. Jay Westerlund, 207; T32. Louie Bishop, 208; T68. Steven Strong, 214; T102. Eric Restrepo, 221.