April 15, 2003
TURLOCK, Calif. - Ryan Thornberry had a record-breaking day as he captured the individual title and led Cal State Stanislaus to the team title following the second and final day of play at the 30th Annual Buzzini/Stanislaus Invitational, played at the par-72, 6,641-yard Turlock Country Club on Tuesday.
UC Davis entered the final round in sixth place and finished in the same spot as it fired a final-day 298, its best round of the tournament to finish 34 strokes behnd Stanislaus.
Thornberry shot a tournament record 213, becoming the first freshman to win the title at the Buzzini Invitational. He defeated Chico State's J.J. Jakovac and Grand Canyon's Tommy Medina by one stroke.
Thornberry's 54-hole total of 213 broke the record of 214 set by former Warrior Lance Johnson in 1994. His first-round score of 67 was a round-one record low.
Stanislaus (873) held off Western Washington (884) and Chico State (888) to win the tournament championship for the eighth consecutive time. Western shot a third-round 291, the lowest round of the day, to finish 11 strokes off the lead and four ahead of third-place Chico, which finished the three-round event at 888.
The Warriors set a new tournament record with a 284 second round team score en route to a nine-over par 873 total, beating Western Washington by 11 strokes. Western shot a third-round 291, the lowest round of the day. Chico State, which started Tuesday just six shots back of the Warriors, finished 15 shots behind. Grand Canyon (894) and Abilene Christian (894) came in fourth, UC Davis was sixth (907) and Hawaii-Hilo seventh.
Individually, the Aggies were led by Eric Restrepo and Chris Kilkenny as both players tied for 17th at 226, 13 strokes off the lead. Jay Westerlund and Scott Gordon tied for 26th at 229 and Brett Borchers finished tied for 32nd at 232. Restrepo and Westerlund each fired 1-over-par, 73s, on Tuesday, the low Aggie rounds for the tournament.
UC Davis will be in action next Wedensday and Thursday when it competes in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships, played on the par-72, 7,068-yard Legends Course at Diablo Grande in Patterson.