May 7, 2003
LITTLETON, Colo. - UC Davis earned an automatic berth to the 2003 NCAA Division II Men's Golf National Championships by winning the West Regional Title on Wednesday afternoon at the par 72, 7,011-yard Meadows Golf Course. UC Davis finished with a 54-hole total of 24-under par 840 (279-277-284) to win the title for the second consecutive year and third time in the last four seasons.
The Aggies led wire-to-wire and finished with an eight-stroke advantage over Cal State Stanislaus (848) and 14-stroke win over third-place Cal State Bakersfield (854). Western Washington (865), CSU-Chico (870), Grand Canyon and UC San Diego (both at 878) and Hawaii-Hilo (896) rounded out the eight teams competing in the tournament.
Aggie junior Jay Westerlund earned his first collegiate title as he took medalist honors with an 8-under par, 208 (67-71-70) total. Westerlund birdied the final hole to take a one-stroke win over Bakersfield's Ron Killmer (209). Jim Schafer and second-round leader Ryan Thornberry of Stanislaus tied for third place with 54-hole totals of 210. UC Davis' Scott Gordon and Bakersfield's Bill Noon completed the top five as they registered identical scores of 211. For Gordon, the 5-under par 211 marked his best three-round score of the season.
In addition to Westerlund and Gordon, the Aggies received strong showings from their three other performers. Sophomore Eric Restrepo, who began the day one stroke off the lead, battled the course and the flu as he shot 75 and finished tied for seventh at 4-under par 212, four strokes off the lead. Junior Chris Kilkenny shot a final-round 73 while teammate Brett Borchers followed his 4-under 68 on Tuesday with a 1-under 71 on Wednesday as both players tied for 16th at 217, 1-over par.
The highlight of the West Regional final round was turned in by Josh Immordino of Western Washington who tied the course-record with a seven-under par 65. With his record-setting round, Immordino climbed from 26th place into a tie for seventh.
"This was a great way to end three solid days of golf for our players," said Aggie Head Coach Cy Williams. "We played with a lot of confidence and from top to bottom, everyone of this team contributed to the victory. We knew coming in that we had to win this tournament to have a good chance of making the NCAA finals and the guys rose to the challenge.
"We've been working hard the last few weeks and it hadn't come together like we hoped at the conference championships two weeks ago," Williams continued. "But the players didn't get down and continued to work hard and today it paid off. It was great to see Westy make birdie on the final hole to get his first collegiate title."
UC Davis now advances to compete at the NCAA Division II National Championships at Crosswater Golf Club in Sunriver, Oregon from May 20-23.