Saint Mary's Takes Winchester Title; Aggies Finish Third

March 1, 2004

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AUBURN, Calif. - Saint Mary's top player Joe Lanza defeated D.J. Fernando 3&2 in the final match to give the No.4 Gaels a 3-2 victory over No.2 Cal State Bakersfield in the soggy championship match of the 2004 Winchester Intercollegiate Match Play event Monday afternoon at the par 72, 7,144-yard Winchester Country Club.

Host and No.3 UC Davis won three matches and tied another as it defeated No.1 Chico State, 3.5-1.5, in the third-place match. No.5 Cal Poly had little trouble in defeating No.7 Stanford JV, 4.5-.5 in the fifth-place match while No.6 Sacramento State edged out No.8 Sonoma State, 3-2, in the seventh-place match.

In the title match the lead went back and forth as Saint Mary's earned the first and third points while Bakersfield battled back each time to tie the match. When Roadrunner Kevin Starr defeated Brent Jensen 1up, the match was tied with both team's No.1 players still on the course. With Lanza holding a three-hole lead with three to play, Fernando needed to win out. On the 16th hole, Fernando could not cut the lead as the hole was shared, giving the win to Lanza.

In the third-place match, UC Davis led wire-to-wire to defeat their conference rival. Erik Hill started it off with a 4&3 win over Chris Massoletti and then Steven Strong made it 2-0 with a 1up victory over Jess Stimack. Chico got one back when Marc Peterson defeated Louie Bishop, 3&1, but the Eric Restrepo quickly made it 3-1 with a 3&1 win over Ben Knight. With the match outcome already decided, Aggie senior Scott Gordon and Wildcat No.1 J.J. Jakovac finished their match all square.

"Winchester is a spectacular course and a great venue to host a tournament," said Aggie head coach Cy Williams. "You don't get to play many college events at a course like Winchester so this week was special."



UC Davis will next be in action this Sunday when it competes in a dual match against Sacramento State at Rancho Murieta. Play begins at 1 p.m.

2004 Winchester Intercollegiate Match Play
Winchester Country Club Auburn, Calif.
Par 72, 7,144-yards

Championship Match
No.4 Saint Mary's def. No.2 Cal State Bakersfield 3-2

Joe Lanza def. D.J. Fernando 3&2
Brent Jensen (ret.) def. by Kevin Starr 1up
Liam Kendregan def. Greg Lopez 3&2
John Chirila def. by Tony Orlandini 2&1
Chadd Cocco def. Ron Killmer 4&2

Third-Place Match
No.3 UC Davis def. No.1 Chico State 3.5-1.5

Scott Gordon J.J. Jakovac All Square
Eric Restrepo def. Ben Knight 3&1
Louie Bishop def. by Marc Peterson 3&1
Steven Strong def. Jess Stimack (ret.) 1up
Erik Hill def. Chris Massoletti 4&3

Fifth-Place Match
No.5 Cal Poly def. No.7 Stanford JV 4.5-.5

Zach King def. Matt Shin (ret.) 1up
Travis Bertoni Pat Phillips All Square
Brycen Wagner def. Matt Savage 6&5
Chris Kirk def. Eric Johnson 2&1
Tristan Gardner def. Scott MacDonalf (ret.) 1up

Seventh-Place Match
No.6 Sacramento State def. No.8 Sonoma State 3-2

Kyle Davis def. Adam Lewis 2&1
Tim Ohair def. by Bobby Neary 7&6
Tommy bingham def. by Kevin Carmichael 5&3
John Bowen def. Andre Gust 6&5
Brian Little def. Matt Jones 3&1