March 29, 2005
PATTERSON, Calif. - UC Davis captured its first title of the season after leading wire-to-wire for an eight-stroke victory over Drake following Tuesday's final round of the Diablo Grande Intercollegiate played on the par 72, 7,018-yard Ranch Course at Diablo Grande.
Senior Jay Westerlund finished the three-day tournament with a score of 5-over, 221, to capture co-medalist honors with Drake's Mike Schnegelberger.
The team win marked the 26th victory by the Aggies since the 1992-93 season while Westerlund earned the second collegiate title of his Aggie career.
The team title was never in doubt as the Aggies carried a 13-stroke lead into Tuesday's final round. Despite shooting their highest score of the tournament, 304, UC Davis (904) cruised to the eight-stroke win over host Drake (912). Cal State San Marcos fired the low round of the tournament on Tuesday with a 9-over, 297, giving it a three-round score of 925 for third place while Eastern Kentucky (936) and Jackson State (936) rounded out the top five.
Individually, Westerlund entered the final round one stroke off the pace of teammate Louie Bishop and emerged with co-medalist honors alongside Schnegelberger. Schnegelberger matched the day's low round with a 1-under, 71, to finish the tournament at 221. Eastern Kentucky's Nick McDaniel (222) finished in third, one stroke off the lead while Bishop (22) was two strokes off the pace after a final round 78. North Dakota State's Eric Johnson completed the top five with a three-day score of 226.
In addition to Westerlund and Bishop, Aggie sophomore Steven Strong finished tied for 13th at 231, junior Erik Hill (234) tied for 23rd and senior Eric Restrepo tied for 32nd. Freshman Ramie Sprinkling, playing as an individual, finished 17th after a final round of 76 and a three-day score of 232.
UC Davis is next in action on April 4-5 when it competes in the Bite/Pacific Coast Intercollegiate in Lompac, Calif.
UC DAVIS GOLF
Diablo Grande Intercollegiate
March 27-29, 2005
FINAL TEAM SCORES: 1. UC DAVIS, 904; 2. Drake, 912; 3. Cal State San Marcos, 925; T4. Eastern Kentucky, 936; T4. Jackson State, 936; 6. Air Force, 939; 7. DePaul, 941; 8. UCLA, 947; 9. North Dakota State, 954; 10. Centenary, 955; 11. Idaho State, 961; 12. American Univ., 968; 13. Air Force JV, 972.
FINAN INDIVIDUAL SCORES (top 5 plus UC Davis): T1. Jay Westerlund, UC Davis, 221; T1. Mike Schengelberger, Drake, 221; 3. Nick McDaniel, E. Kentucky, 222; 4. Louie Bishop, UC Davis, 223; 5. Eric Johnson, NDSU, 226... T13. Steven Strong, 231; 17. Ramie Sprinkling, 232; T23. Erik Hill, 234; T32. Eric Restrepo, 236.