April 5, 2005
LOMPOC, Calif. - Sophomore Louie Bishop shot a bogey-free round of 3-under 69, and UC Davis' 290 team-score was the low round of the tournament as the Aggies captured their second straight tournament with an eight-stroke victory over Washington State following the third and final round of the 2005 Bite/Pacific Coast Intercollegiate, played Tuesday on the par 72, 6,670-yard La Purisima Golf Course.
The Aggies, who led wire-to-wire during the 54-hole tournament, captured last week's Diablo Grande Intercollegiate and have now won four tournament's over the last two seasons. In 2004, UC Davis won back-to-back events by taking the 2004 Bite/Pacific Coast Intercollegiate then followed that with a victory at the Buzzini Invitational, hosted by Cal State Stanislaus. This week's victory also marked the first time the Aggies have defended a title since the 2002-03 season when they won back-to-back, NCAA Division II West Region Championships.
UC Davis improved each round of the tournament as it went 296-293-290 for a three-round total of 879. Each score marked the low score of the round and Tuesday's 2-over, 290, marked the best round of the tournament by two strokes. In the Aggies' last six rounds, they have been medalists in five of those.
The Aggies carried a three-stroke lead over Washington State into the final round, expanding that to an eight-stroke advantage by the end of the day as the Cougars shot a 7-over, 295, to finish as 887. San Diego State (890) finished third, and Cal Poly (893), while Pacific (896) and Denver (896) rounded out the top five.
Individually, Bishop won his first collegiate title as he battled the winds and a tough track to match the low round of the tournament with a 3-under, 69. After an opening round of 77 on Monday, the sophomore from Murrieta went 4-under over the final two rounds to finish with a 1-over, 217. That was good enough for a one-stroke victory over a group of four players.
"Louie's round was pretty unbelievable on that course," said Aggie head coach Cy Williams. "It has to rank as one of the top three rounds, considering the conditions and the difficutly of the course, that I have seen in my 11 years at UC Davis."
Teammate Jay Westerlund, who was co-medalist last week at Diablo Grande, shot a 73 on Tuesday to finish with a three-round total of 219, two strokes off the lead and tied for sixth. Junior Erik Hill finished Tuesday with a 3-over, 75, giving him a two-day total of 222, tied for 14th, while senior Eric Restrepo tied for 42nd with a three-round score of 228. Sophomore Steven Strong, had his best round of the tournament on Tuesday with a 2-over 74, to finish tied for 66th, 15 strokes off the lead.
The Aggies will be in action for the third straight week when they compete in the Cowboy Classic on Monday, hosted by the University of Wyoming in Scottsdale, Ariz.
UC DAVIS GOLF
2005 Bite/Pacific Coast Intercollegiate
April 4-5, 2005
La Purisima Golf Course
Par 72 6,670 yards
FINAL TEAM SCORES: 1. UC Davis, 879; 2. Washington State, 887; 3. San Diego State, 890; 4. Cal Poly, 893; T5. Pacific, 896; T5. Denver, 896; 7. Saint Mary's, 899; T8. UC Riverside, 900; T8. Hawaii, 900; T8. UC Irvine, 900; 11. San Diego, 902; 12. New Mexico State, 904; T13. Oregon State, 907; T13. Wyoming, 907; 15. Santa Clara, 913; 16. Idaho, 914; 17. Utah, 916; 18. Sacramento State, 923; 19. Weber State, 929; T20. Cal State Northridge, 934; T20. UC Santa Barbara, 934.
FINAL INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (top 10 plus UC Davis): 1. Louie Bishop, UC Davis, 217; T2. Travis Bertoni, CP, 218; T2. J.J. Scurich, CP, 218; T2. Brian Thornburg, NMSU, 218; T2. Gilberto Rodriguez, SDSU, 218; T6. Jay Westerlund, UC Davis, 219; T6. Liam Kendregan, Saint Mary's, 219; T6. Christian Akau, Idaho, 219; T6. Charlie Soule, Denver, 219; T10. Matt Kern, Pacific, 220; T10. Garrett Sapp, UC Irvine, 220; T10. David Fern, WSU, 220... T14. Erik Hill, 222; T42. Eric Restrepo, 228; T66. Steven Strong, 232.