UC Davis Takes Over Winchester Classic Lead

Tyler Raber pitches on the fourth hole at Winchester Country Club on Saturday.

April 20, 2013

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MEADOW VISTA, Calif. - The UC Davis men's golf team fired a 1-over 289 team score in the second round of the Winchester Classic on Saturday afternoon and has a four-shot lead over Cal State Fullerton heading into Sunday's final round at Winchester Country Club.

Three Aggies - Tyler Raber, Matt Hansen and Mat Seramin - each shot even rounds of 72 on the spectacular 7,491-yard course while Ben Corfee and Jonny Baxter each had 73's. Corfee is currently tied for fourth place, Raber is tied for sixth and Baxter is tied for ninth. Hansen and Seramin are also among the leaders, tied for 16th and 20th, respectively.

Host UC Davis trailed by two shots entering the second round but overtook first-day leader UC Santa Barbara which slipped to fifth place. The Aggies are 2-over 578 after 36 holes while Fullerton is four back at 6 over. Long Beach State is tied for third with Oklahoma Christian at 10 over in the 11-team tournament.

"All five guys are playing well and it's a lot of fun to watch," said head coach Cy Williams. "We're close to going low. We had a few guys that were under par today but couldn't quite finish it off. They're all at a part of their games where they can take it under par. We're looking forward to tomorrow."

Raber picked up a birdie on the first hole and was 2 over after 12 holes before a birdie on the par-5 13th and another on the par-5 18th helped him battle back to even. He's par for the tournament. Hansen carded a pair of birdies on his front nine and made the turn 2 under before eventually playing his round at par overall. Hansen currently sits 3 over.

Seramin added the final 72 on Saturday for UC Davis after an eagle on the par-5 4th hole helped him get back to 1 under early on. Seramin, who is 4 over for the weekend, later moved to 2 under after 14 holes before a late double-bogey evened his card.

Corfee trails leader Sam Johnston (3 under) of Oklahoma Christian by four shots after another solid round. He was was 1 over after nine holes before playing the back even, helped by two birdies.

In addition to their team, the Aggies have three players competing as individuals. Mike Brockington and Will Scarlett each had impressive rounds of 73 on Saturday and are tied for 36th and 41st, respectively. Brockington had five birdies to help with his while Scarlett had two. B.K. Sobhani, tied for 39th, shot a 78 which was highlighted by three birdies.

UC Davis will play with Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State during Sunday's final round. The Aggies will begin teeing off at 10:30 a.m.

Meadow Vista, Calif. (hosted by UC Davis)
Winchester Country Club
Par 72, 7,491 yards
36 of 54 holes

1. UC DAVIS, 289-289-578
2. Cal State Fullerton, 290-292-582
T3. Long Beach State, 297-289-586
T3. Oklahoma Christian, 294-292-586
5. UC Santa Barbara, 287-302-589
6. Sacramento State, 299-291-590
7. Idaho, 305-289-594
8. Nevada, 294-303-597
9. Fresno State, 302-299-601
10. William Jessup, 323-325-648
11. North Dakota, 331-332-663

1. Sam Johnston, Oklahoma Christian, 71-68-139

T4. Ben Corfee, 70-73-143
T6. Tyler Raber, 72-72-144
T9. Jonny Baxter, 72-73-145
T16. Matt Hansen, 75-72-147
T20. Matt Seramin, 76-72-148
T36. Mike Brockington, 81-73-154 (individual)
T39. B.K. Sobhani, 77- 78-155 (individual)
T41. Will Scarlett, 84-73-157 (individual)