April 20, 2014
EL MACERO, Calif. - Home cooking tasted great for the UC Davis men's golf team on Sunday after the Aggies - led by medalist Matt Hansen who fired a final-round 3-under 69 - won the El Macero Classic by 16 shots on their home course, El Macero Country Club.
Hansen, who picked up his second career win, opened the day tied for third before rallying for the individual title. He led three Aggies in the top six. Nicolas Noya, a redshirt freshman playing in just his third tournament, finished with a 71 and tied for sixth place along with teammate Luke Vivolo. Both were just 2 over.
The Aggies built an 18-stroke lead over Big West Conference rival Cal State Fullerton after Saturday's second round and then shot a 6-over 294 team score on Sunday to post the win at 8-under 856. The Titans (+8) were in second while Grand Canyon (+18). Nevada (+21) and Sacramento State (+21) rounded out the top five.
"I've been really proud of our guys all week," said Aggie coach Cy Williams. "Everybody contributed big. Everybody was under par (in at least one round) and with the conditions out here, we were the only team to break par."
Hansen earned his first career win at the 2011 NCAA Southwest Regional. He has two second-place finishes; the first at the SCVB Pacific Invitational in November and the other at the Bandon Dunes Championship last month in Oregon.
"I'm so happy for him," Williams said. "He's been close a lot and it's good to see him get a win."
Hansen had a bogey-free round on Sunday, starting his day with a birdie on the par-4 first hole and then adding two more on the par-5 fifth and 15th holes. It was his second straight 69 and his eighth straight event with a score in the 60s.
Noya had a very steady tournament, stringing together rounds of 74, 73 and 71. He hovered just above, below and at par through the first 13 holes before roaring down the stretch with three birdies over his final five holes. Noya tied in the final standings with Vivolo who entered the day in second place before closing with an 80. He had three birdies and recorded his second top-10 finish in his last four tournaments.
"Noya made a solid effort for us. He was huge for us and Luke had a chance to win," said Williams. "I think it's important to point out that as an athlete you have to put yourself in that spot a few times and that's what Luke's doing right now. Next time he'll be more comfortable, know how to deal with it and he'll break through. His first two rounds were monster rounds in tough conditions. I'm happy for all the guys."
Granger, who had a 67 on Friday, picked up his second straight 13th-place finish - tied for his best this season - after shooting 79 on Sunday. He was 1 under early in his round before making his turn 4 over. Corfee shot a 75, playing the back nine 1 under after collecting a birdie and eight pars.
Mike Brockington, Jonny Baxter and Will Scarlett each played the tournament for UC Davis as individuals. Brockington closed with a 78, tying for 38th at 12 over, Baxter had a 75 and tied for 57th at 17 over, and Scarlett was 61st at 20 over after shooting 79.
The El Macero Classic was the first UC Davis event at El Macero Country Club since the Aggie Invitational in 2004. El Macero, which will be home soon to a new short-game facility that will benefit both the UC Davis men's and women's golf programs, will also be host of the 2015 Big West Women's Golf Championship.
Williams commended the staff at El Macero Country Club for setting up a challenging, but fair, course. Playing conditions were ideal each day.
"Our guys said the greens were the best they've played on in any tournament this year," Williams said. "El Macero held its own. We had some really good golfers and some really good teams here and the course won."
The tournament title was the first for UC Davis since winning the Big West Championship in 2012. The Aggies will look to reclaim the conference banner when they open play in the championship in San Jacinto, Calif., next Sunday.
EL MACERO CLASSIC
El Macero, Calif. (co-hosted by UC Davis, Nevada)
El Macero Country Club
Par 72, 6,964 yards
1. UC DAVIS, 283-279-294-856
2. Cal State Fullerton, 285-295- 292-872
3. Grand Canyon, 297-287-298-882
4. Nevada, 293-304-288-885
5. Sacramento State, 293-290-303-886
6. Cal Poly, 303-291-293-887
7. Colorado State, 297-297-294-888
8. Marquette, 299-304-294-897
9. Idaho, 301-302-297-900
10. Seattle, 305-306-304-915
11. Boise State, 312-303-301-916
12. Utah Valley, 311-307-312-930
1. Matt Hansen, 72-69-69-210
T6. Luke Vivolo, 70-68-80-218
T6. Nicolas Noya, 74-73-71-218
T13. Joshua Granger, 67-76-79-222
T21. Ben Corfee, 80-69-75-224
T38. Mike Brockington, 73-77-78-228 (individual)
T57. Jonny Baxter, 75-83-75-233 (individual)
T61. Will Scarlett, 79-78-79-236 (individual)