April 13, 2004
TURLOCK, Calif. - UC Davis shot a 3-over 291, the low round of the day, to capture a two-stroke victory over host Cal State Stanislaus following the third and final round of the 2004 Buzzini/Stanislaus Invitational, played Tuesday at the par 72, 6,641-yard Turlock Country Club.
The Aggies carried a one-stroke advantage over Stanislaus into Tuesday's final round and held on after getting off to a slow start. Freshman Louie Bishop began 4-over after the first seven holes, but went 6-under during the final 11 holes to lead UC Davis to its second straight victory. Last week the Aggies captured a three-stroke victory over UC Riverside at the Bite/Pacific Coast Intercollegiate in Lompoc, Calif.
UC Davis' 865 three-round score was two better than Stanislaus (867) and 12 better than third-place finisher Cal State Bakersfield (877). Western Washington (881) and St. Martin's (884) rounded out the top five.
Aggie senior Scott Gordon began the day with a share of the lead but after starting 3-over the first few holes, Gordon could not get those back. He finished 3-over for the day and 4-under for the tournament, good for fourth place, his sixth top 10 finish this season.
Hawaii-Hilo's Nick Mason, who shot a tournament-best 65 in Monday's second round, fired an even-par 72 on Tuesday and won a tiebreaker over Stanislaus' Ryan Thornberry for medalist honors. Both players finished at 6-under 210 for the three rounds. Bakersfield's D.J. Fernando (211) was third, one shot off the pace, with Gordon finishing fourth. Bishop's final-round 70, the second-best score of the day, vaulted him into a tie for fifth place at 3-under 213.
In addition to Gordon and Bishop, sophomore Erik Hill (221) finished tied for 19th, his second top 20 finish this season, while Eric Restrepo (223) tied for 25th. Chris Kilkenny shot a final-round 74 to finish at 224 and tied for 28th place.
"This is our good-bye to Division II," said an elated head coach Cy Williams following the tournament. "This is a very tough tournament and to battle a slow start, tough conditions and a very strong field, it feels great. It's also special because everyone on the team contributed to this victory."
The win also marks the first time since the 1997-98 season that UC Davis has captured back-to-back tournament victories, when they won the Southern California Intercollegiate and University of San Diego/Ashworth Invitational in San Diego.
UC Davis will next be in action at the Ping Golf Cougar Classic hosted by Brigham Young University April 24-25.