Feb. 20, 2013
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Matt Seramin started his final round with three consecutive birdies on Wednesday morning, collected five overall and finished with a 2-under 69 to lead the UC Davis men's golf team at The Prestige at PGA WEST at the Greg Norman Course.
UC Davis, which co-hosted the prestigious event with Stanford for the 13th year, finished 11th at 31-over 883. Fourth-ranked Washington and No. 10 USC tied for the team title at 1 under. The Trojans made up eight strokes on the Huskies in the final round to forge the tie after shooting a 6-under 278 team score.
Seramin, who played his final two rounds two shots under par, tied for 27th overall at 6-over 219 after putting together his second straight impressive round. Senior Tyler Raber also had a strong final round, finishing with a 71 and tying for 15th at 2-over 215. He had a 67 during Monday's opening round.
Matt Hansen, who carded a 70 on Monday, finished with a 76 and tied for 45th at 10 over, Jonny Baxter was 60th overall after his 74 put him 13 over for the week, and freshman Ben Corfee finished with a 78, tying for 79th at 26 over.
"We've got a lot of work to do to get better," he added. "Fortunately, the areas where we need to improve are very obtainable through hard work. So that is what we will do."
Pedro Figueirido of UCLA closed the tournament with back-to-back rounds of 67, finishing at 8 under and beating Anthony Paolucci of USC, Jordan Niebrugge of Oklahoma State and Chris Williams of Washington by five strokes. Only six players in the 88-competitor field tamed the course with overall scores below par.
Starting on the 10th hole on Wednesday, Seramin had three consecutive birdies to quickly move into red numbers. He added another birdie on the 17th hole, helping counter a double-bogey, and made his turn two shots below par. Seramin added another birdie on the par-4 2nd hole, helping him play that side even and post a 69.
Raber was 2 over after nine holes but then rallied well on his final nine, picking up birdies on the par-4 1st, the par-4 5th and the closing par-4 9th to help him shoot 71. Hansen had three birdies in his final round, Baxter played his front nine a shot below par, and Corfee's three birdies helped him card his best score of the tournament.
The Prestige at PGA WEST is in its 13th season but is being played in the spring portion of the college golf season for the first time. It annually brings together many of the top collegiate programs in the country and this season features three teams ranked in the top 10 and seven in the top 50. It features the ninth-highest tournament field this season.