Two Aggies finish among top 10 at Prestige

Feb. 21, 2018

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LA QUINTA, Calif. - Senior Brandon Baumgarten and freshman Thomas Hutchison each finished among the top 10 on the individual leaderboard while UC Davis placed 12th as a team to wrap up the 18th Prestige at PGA WEST men's collegiate golf tournament at the resort's Greg Norman Course Wednesday. The Aggies finished with 597 total strokes, just one behind Iowa State and the Stanford `B' team.

The celebrated tournament, which was shortened to just two rounds due to weather conditions on Monday, is co-hosted by UC Davis and Stanford. Investment firms KKR & Co. and Charles Schwab are the primary sponsors.

Baumgarten, representing UC Davis as an individual entrant, enjoyed a bogeyless round: birdies on the 11th, 14th and 16th for a 3-under 33 on the back nine; then two more on the sixth and eighth to fire a blistering 5-under-par 66 for Wednesday's final round. This vaulted him 36 places into an three-way tie for seventh place.

Two strokes behind him was Hutchison, who carded an even-par 71 for the day to finish with a 143-stroke total. He had the low round among the Aggie team scorers, which also included sophomore Matt Robinson's 5-over 147 total. Robinson shot a 1-over 72 on Wednesday to finish at t33rd. Seniors Ryan Han and Evan Knight finished t57th and t71st, respectively, with totals of 152 and 155. Junior Jesse Bratz improved nine strokes to a 78 on Wednesday to place 82nd overall with 165 strokes.

Another UC Davis individual participant was Cal transfer Tanner Hughes, who opened the day two strokes ahead of par through the first five holes. He finished with a 72 for the round and 145 total, good for a share of 21st place on the individual standings.

Pepperdine's Clay Feagler won the individual medalist honors with his 5-under 66. His 7-under-par total of 135 vaulted him over a host of nationally ranked players, including runner-up Norman Xiong of Oregon (136) and third-place Luis Gagne of LSU (138). Top-ranked Oklahoma State won the team title with a 1-under 567 total, just one stroke in front of Pepperdine and four ahead of Oregon.

Impressively, if Baumgarten and Hughes had been in the Aggie lineup, UC Davis would have totaled 576 for sixth place, one stroke in front of Northwestern and just three behind 13th-ranked Stanford.

UC Davis has a quick turnaround before returning to action at the Southwestern Invitational in Westlake Village on Monday and Tuesday. Pepperdine will host the tournament, held at the North Ranch Country Club.

Greg Norman Course at PGA WEST

1. Oklahoma State, 283-284--567
2. Pepperdine, 285-283--568
3. Oregon, 283-288--571
4. LSU, 287-285--572
5. Stanford, 286-287--573
6. Northwestern, 286-291--577
7. San Francisco, 291-293--584
t8. East Tennessee State, 294-295--589
t8. USC, 296-293--589
t10. Iowa State, 297-299--596
t10. Stanford, 298-298--596
12. UC Davis, 300-297--597
13. San Diego State, 301-300--601
t14. Stirling, 310-294--604
t14. Washington, 305-299--604
16. Notre Dame, 302-304--606

Leader plus UC Davis participants

1. Clay Feagler, Pepperdine, 69-66--135
t7. Brandon Baumgarten, 75-66--141
t10. Thomas Hutchison, 72-71--143
t21. Tanner Hughes, 73-72--145
t33. Matt Robinson, 75-72--147
t57. Ryan Han, 75-77--152
t71. Evan Knight, 78-77--155
82. Jesse Bratz, 87-78--165

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