Hutchison finishes seventh at El Macero Classic

April 15, 2018

EL MACERO, Calif. - Freshman Thomas Hutchison finished with a 6-over-par total of 222 strokes to tie for seventh place overall, while junior Jesse Bratz carded his team's low round of 1-under 71 to highlight UC Davis on the final day of the El Macero Classic men's collegiate golf tournament at El Macero Country Club Sunday.

The Aggies placed sixth at their home tournament, scoring a team total of 298 in the final round and 895 for the 54 total holes.

Hutchison, who led UC Davis throughout the tournament, shot a 4-over 76 in Sunday's final round. The mathematics major from San Jose eagled the par-5 fifth hole when he chipped in from just outside the right edge of the green. 

Bratz delivered two birdies on the front nine then another on 15 to aid his team-best Sunday score. That moved him up into a tie for 34th place with teammates Brandon Baumgarten and Evan Knight, the latter of whom competed as an individual entrant.

Senioor Ryan Han shot a 5-over 77 to finish at 226, good for a tie for 19th place. Junior Tanner Hughes improved three strokes from his previous two rounds to a 2-over 74 on Sunday, giving him a share for 31st place overall.

In addition to Knight, Matt Robinson, Jeremy Sanchez and Andrew Arnheiter each played as individual competitors. Robinson finished a stroke behind the Bratz-Baumgarten-Knight trio with a 230 total, putting him in a tie for 39th. Sanchez totaled 242 for 63rd place, while Arnheiter finished his first collegiate tournament with a 245 total and t69th.

Nevada ran away with the team title at 879 strokes, 10 ahead of No. 24/24 UCLA and 12 strokes in front of No. 12/12 Texas Tech. Cal State Fullerton moved into a tie with the Red Raiders for third place in the team race. In the individual medalist race, Wolf Pack teammates Sam Meek and Grant Booth finished 1-2 overall. Meek finished with a 73 on Sunday for a 1-under-par 215 total, besting Booth by a single stroke. Texas Tech's Ivan Ramirez finished third at 3-over 219.

Sunday concluded the fifth running of the El Macero Classic, which previously ran two years as the Winchester Classic in Meadow Vista. UC Davis returns to action at the Big West Conference Championship, held in City of Industry from April 29-May 1. 

El Macero Country Club (El Macero, Calif.)
Par 72, 7138 yards

1. Nevada, 291-284-304--879
2. UCLA, 296-297-296--889
t3. Texas Tech, 304-294-293--891
t3. Cal State Fullerton, 303-287-301--891
5. TCU, 301-299-293--893
6. UC Davis, 299-298-298--895
7. Grand Canyon, 305-293-305--903
8. Cal Poly, 312-305-311--928
9. Northern Colorado, 318-309-302--929
10. Air Force, 307-305-318--930
11. Sacramento State, 322-313-315--950
12. Idaho, 317-328-319--964
13. Omaha, 322-321-326--969

Leader plus UC Davis participants.

1. Sam Meek, Nevada, 69-73-73--215
T7. Thomas Hutchison, 72-74-76--222
t19. Ryan Han, 77-72-77--226
t31. Tanner Hughes, 77-77-74--228
t34. Jesse Bratz, 82-76-71--229
t34. Brandon Baumgarten, 73-76-80--229
t34. Evan Knight, 74-79-76--229
t39. Matt Robinson, 79-78-73--230
63. Jeremy Sanchez, 79-83-80--242
t69. Andrew Arnheiter, 79-86-80--245

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