March 30, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Tyler Raber's 5-under 65 on Saturday tied for the lowest individual round at the U.S. Intercollegiate golf tournament at Stanford University while his fourth-place overall finish led the UC Davis men's golf team to place fifth.
The Aggies saved their best round for the final day, shooting a 1-under 279 - the third-best team score on Saturday - and helped them finish 7 over for the 54-hole tournament. UC Davis finished in front of six teams ranked ahead of it in the latest Golfstat rankings, including No. 7 USC, which was sixth, and No. 29 Northwestern.
Matt Seramin added another impressive round for the Aggies with his round of 69, while Matt Hansen shot par-70. Jonny Baxter fired a 75 in his final round while B.K. Sobhani concluded with a 78.
"Tyler Raber had an amazing tournament," said Aggie coach Cy Williams. "It was a really strong, national field and he crushed it. We played with USC today head-to-head and they were ahead of us to start the day, and we outplayed them. That's a really big accomplishment for our guys, to go toe-to-toe with those guys and be the better team."
USC held a one-stroke advantage on UC Davis when play began on Saturday but the Aggies made up three shots and finished two ahead of the sixth-place Trojans.
Raber, who had a 69 on Thursday and followed with a round of 70 on Friday, was 2 under on his front nine on Saturday thanks to four birdies and just two bogeys. He was even more spectacular over his final nine holes, carding three birdies and six pars to post the lowest individual round for UC Davis this season. Raber's round tied Andrew Yun and Steve Kearney of Stanford for the tournament's lowest score. He was 6 under for the weekend.
Seramin enjoyed another solid round as well, opening with a double-eagle 2 on the par-5 1st hole and then going 2 under on the back nine with two birdies and seven pars. He finished the tournament 2 over, tying for 26th place. Hansen had his best round of the tournament by four shots, shooting par with the help of three birdies as well as an eagle on the par-5 16th hole. He tied for 59th place at 9 over.
Baxter was even after nine holes, using an early birdie along the way. He was just 1 over on his final five holes, shooting 75 and tying for 73rd at 11 over. Sobhani, playing his first team event for UC Davis had two birdies in his round of 78, finishing 10 over for the weekend and tying for 62nd place.
Host Stanford, ranked 10th, finished 23 under on its own course, beating No. 12 TCU by six shots. Saint Mary's (1 under) and San Francisco (1 over) finished in the next two positions. TCU's Paul Barjon shot a 67 on Saturday and was 11 under overall to earn medalist honors.
UC Davis will play at the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational next weekend.