March 30, 2014
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STANFORD, Calif. - Senior Matt Hansen birdied five of his first 10 holes on Sunday en route to a 5-under 65 - just one shot off his career-best - while helping the UC Davis men's golf team charge four spots in the final round to finish 10th at The Goodwin, hosted at the Stanford Golf Course.
Hansen jumped 29 spots in the individual leaderboard to finish in a tie for 20th place at 1 over. He had matching rounds of 73 on Friday and Saturday. Luke Vivolo tied for 28th at just 3 over after shooting 70 on Sunday, his best round of the weekend.
Ben Corfee shot 71 in the last round and tied for 65th at 11 over, the same as teammate Nicolas Noya who had a 73. Jonny Baxter tied for 79th after posting 75. He was 14 over for the weekend.
The Aggies bettered the previous-best score for the tournament by shooting 1-under 279 in the final round. They shot 287 in the first round and 295 in the second and were 21 over overall. Finishing strong is in line this season for UC Davis which entered the tournament ranked seventh in final-round average (72.06).
UC Davis beat three teams ranked higher than it by Golfstat. Finishing behind the Aggies were No. 43 TCU (11th place, +22), No. 22 (12th, +24) UNLV and No. 33 San Diego State (16th, +37).
"Matt Hansen had a monster round with five birdies and no bogeys," said Aggie coach Cy Williams. "We made a little bit of a comeback and took out three ranked teams. We had a great day today."
Hansen was on fire in the final round. Starting on the par-4 10th hole, he picked up an early birdie before rattling off three straight from the 15th through 17th holes to dive to 4 under after just nine holes. He added another on the par-5 first hole before closing with eight consecutive pars.
Hansen's round in the 60s was his 10th in 24 rounds this season and his fourth this spring. He's ranked 43rd by Golfstat.
Vivolo had his best round of the tournament with his 70. He was 1 over at his turn but then birdied the par-4 second and par-5 seventh to help him cover his back nine 1 under.
Corfee bounced back from a 79 on Saturday, firing a 71 on Sunday. He was 1 over after three holes but moved to 2 under after nine. He fueled that run with birdies on the par-4 13th and 18th holes and the par-5 16th. He was 2 under on his first nine holes and 3 over on the last nine.
Noya had 15 pars and just three bogeys as he matched his best score of the weekend with a 73. Baxter was 5 over after nine holes but played his back nine even, using a birdie on the seventh hole to help.
Stanford, ranked seventh, dominated on its own course. The Cardinal finished 25 under, beating No. 28 USC (-5) and No. 18 UCLA (-5) by 20 shots. Fourth-ranked Washington (-1) was fourth while No. 45 Oregon (E) and No. 14 UAB (E) tied for fifth.
The Cardinal's Patrick Rodgers, who won The Prestige at PGA WEST co-hosted by UC Davis and Stanford in February, won medalist honors at The Goodwin as well. He finished 14 under after closing with a 6-under 64 on Sunday.
The Aggies will return to action next week (Apr. 7-8) at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic which will be held at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Stanford, Calif. (Stanford, Calif.)
Stanford Golf Course
Par 70, 6,727 yards
1. Stanford, 268-281-266-815
T2. USC, 278-285-272-835
T2. UCLA, 277-278-280-835
4. Washington, 286-273-280-839
T5. Oregon, 273-285-285-843
T5. UAB, 279-288-276-843
7. Saint Mary's, 271-296-285-852
8. Northwestern, 286-289-280-855
9. Fresno State, 289-286-284-859
10. UC DAVIS, 287-295-279-861
11. TCU, 282-299-281-862
12. UNLV, 291-287-286-864
T13. LMU, 286-297-283-866
T13. Colorado State, 286-291-289-866
15. Washington State, 288-297-290-875
16. San Diego State, 281-299-297-877
17. San Francisco, 293-291-296-880
18. San Jose State, 289-313-289-891
1. Patrick Rodgers, Stanford, 63-69-64-196
T20. Matt Hansen, 73-73-65-211
T28. Luke Vivolo, 71-72-70-213
T65. Ben Corfee, 71-79-71-221
T65. Nicolas Noya, 75-73-73-221
T79. Jonny Baxter, 72-77-75-224