March 11, 2003
RANCHO MURIETA, Calif. -
Sophomore Eric Restrepo captured his first collegiate title with a 1-under par, 215, to finish one stroke ahead of Santa Clara's Blake Lugar, and the Aggies completed the three-round event with an six-stroke victory over Santa Clara to capture the 2003 Sacramento State Invitational on Tuesday at the par 72, 6,839-yard Rancho Murieta North course.
The victory was the Aggies first tournament title of the 2003 season and the second time in the last four years that UC Davis has captured the event. The Aggies' team score of 898 was six shots better than Santa Clara's 904. Saint Mary's finished in third (917), followed by Cal State Stanislaus (918) and Chico State (926) rounding out the top five.
Restrepo entered Tuesday two strokes off the lead but was one of only two players in the field to shoot par while first-day leader Lugar fired a 3-over par, 75 to finish one stroke back. Saint Mary's Joe Lanza and Sacramento State's Tanner Makimoto tied for third, four strokes off the lead while Restrepo's teammate, Jay Westerlund, finished in fifth, six strokes off Restrepo's pace.
In addition to Restrepo and Westerlund, other Aggie finishers included Josh Williams (232), tied for 16th while Jason Gambonini (233) was tied for 19th. Scott Gordon (235) came in tied for 21st while Brett Borchers, playing as an individual, finished in 20th place at 234.
"What a great tournament for the Aggies," said UC Davis Head Coach Cy Williams. "The team competed well both days and to play the way we did on such a tough course, I couldn't be more happy.
"Eric was tremendous all three rounds," Williams continued. "He was the only player to finish the tournament under par and led us to victory."
UC Davis will next be in action on March 23-24 when it competes in the University of Oregon Invitational in Eugene.