March 30, 2004
EL MACERO, Calif. -
Chico State fired a tournament-best 8-under 280 to overtake first-day leader UC Davis and capture the team title at the 2004 Aggie Invitational, played on the par 72, 6,853-yard El Macero Country Club Tuesday.
The Wildcats entered the day trailing UC Davis by one stroke, but J.J. Jakovac and Jess Stimack shot identical 3-under 69s to lead the charge. All four Wildcat scorers finished under par as Chico captured its fourth tournament title of the season with a three-round score of 5-under 859.
UC Davis (865) finished the day at 1-under 287 and was the only team to shoot two rounds under par in the tournament. The Aggies were led by Eric Restrepo's 5-under 67 on Tuesday, the day's low individual score. Florida Gulf Coast University (883) finished in third while St. Edwards (887) and Western Washington (888) rounded out the top five.
Individually, Aggie senior Scott Gordon birdied No.18 to force a playoff with first-day leader Brian Noonan of St. Edwards. Both players bogeyed the first extra hole before Noonan made birdie on the second hole while Gordon's birdie putt slide just right, giving Noonan medalist honors. Noonan entered the day with a two-stroke lead over Gordon but needed the playoff when he shot 73 and Gordon managed a 71 for the 211 total.
Jakovac and Restrepo each finished a shot of the pace at 4-under 212. Restrepo's 67 tied for the low round of the tournament with Hawaii-Hilo's Kevin Shimomura, who fired his 67 in the first round. Cal State Bakersfield's D.J. Fernando finished fifth at 215, four strokes off the lead.
In addition to Gordan and Restrepo, Aggie sophomore Erik Hill, playing as an individual, recorded his first top 10 finish of the season with a 3-over 219 and in 10th place. Freshman Louie Bishop (220) was once place back in a four-way tie for 11th while senior Chris Kilkenny (222) tied for 18th. Jason Gambonini (229) finished tied for 41st and freshman Steven Strong (231) finished in a three-way tie for 48th.
"There were some good things to take from this tournament," said Aggie head coach Cy Williams
. "It was nice to see Erik Hill
get his first top 10 finish as an Aggie and Scott (Gordon) and Eric (Restrepo) showed that they are playing at a high level. I'm certainly not happy with the final result but it shows we have a lot of work to do. We will take the positives and go forward from here."
UC Davis will next be in action at the Bite Pacific Coast Intercollegiates in Santa Barbara, April 5-6.