UC Davis places fifth at Southwestern Invitational

Feb. 27, 2018

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - UC Davis senior Ryan Han fired a team-best 1-under-par 71 to tie for 16th place overall, while freshman Thomas Hutchison also finished in the top 20 on the individual leaderboard of the Southwestern Invitational men’s collegiate golf tournament at North Ranch Country Club Wednesday.

The Aggies placed fifth among the 15-team field for their best finish of the 2017-18 year, and their highest since taking fourth at the 2017 El Macero Classic last April.

In an event that experienced numerous starts and stops due to weather and darkness, UC Davis posted a 296 in the resumption of Monday’s halted second round, then matched that score in Tuesday’s final 18 holes. That left the Aggies with a team total of 894, just one stroke behind San Diego State and three off of third-place Tennessee.

Han, who shot UC Davis’ low round to open the tournament, carded a 76 in the second round before enjoying his season-best 71 in the finale. The aerospace engineering student placed in a tie with defending champion and No. 8-ranked Sahith Theegala of Pepperdine with a 220-stroke total. Hutchison completed his interrupted second round with a 1-over 73, then wrapped his tournament with an eagle-2 on the 386-yard ninth hole. That finish moved him into a tie for 18th place overall with 222 strokes.

Sophomore Matt Robinson enjoyed a strong start to Tuesdays action, posting an even-par 36 on the front nine to close out his second-round 73. He added a 77 in the final round to put himself in T33rd at 227 strokes. Two strokes behind Robinson was Aggie junior Tanner Hughes, who notched a 74 in the second round followed by a 78 in the third. Hughes finished T39th for the tourney. Senior Brandon Baumgarten rounded out the UC Davis squad, recovering from a 79 in the second round to post a 2-over 74 in the third. 

Tuesday’s action began with the continuation of the second round, which was suspended by darkness the previous night. A morning frost delayed the start, and hail later interrupted play, but the teams managed to get in the remaining nine holes plus the entire third round in before darkness fell.

UCLA ran away with the team title with an 8-under total of 856, some 20 strokes ahead of host Pepperdine and 35 in front of Tennessee. Michigan’s Kyle Mueller shot a tournament-best 66 in the final round to surge past Volunteer Lorenzo Scalise for the individual medalist honor. Mueller finished at 8-under 208, Scalise was a stroke back at 209, with UCLA’s Hidetoshi Yoshihara placing third with a 213 total.

The Southwestern Invitational took place on North Ranch’s par-72, 6,994-yard Lakes & Oaks course. The event also wraps up a busy February for UC Davis, which is idle until traveling to Stanford’s Goodwin from March 29-31.

North Ranch Country Club Lakes & Oaks Course
Par 72, 6,994 Yards

1. UCLA, 285-292-279--856
2. Pepperdine, 294-287-295--876
3. Tennessee, 290-309-292--891
4. San Diego State, 293-305-295--893
5. UC Davis, 302-296-296--894
6. SMU, 305-298-293--896
7. San Jose State, 302-296-302--900
t8. Denver, 302-302-299--903
t8. Washington State, 298-299-306--903
10. Oregon State, 303-314-287--904
11. New Mexico, 304-303-300--907
12. Michigan, 306-303-301--910
13. Augusta, 309-302-306--917
14. Long Beach State, 314-296-309--919
15. Loyola Marymount, 310-313-310--933

Leader plus UC Davis participants

1. Kyle Mueller, Michigian, 71-71-66--208
t16. Ryan Han, 73-76-71--220
t18. Thomas Hutchison, 75-73-74--222
t33. Matt Robinson, 77-73-77--227
t39. Tanner Hughes, 77-74-78--229
t46. Brandon Baumgarten, 78-79-74--231

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