Aggies In 7th After First Day At Gold Rush Classic

Sept. 17, 2004

CALIMESA, Calif. - The host UCLA Bruins shot a two-round score of 11-under par, 565, and holds a one-stroke lead over Stanford (566) following the first two rounds of the Gold Rush California Collegiate Golf Showcase on Friday at the PGA of Southern California Golf Course. UC Davis fired rounds of 290-287 for a first-day total of one-over par, 577, and sit 12 strokes out of the lead and in seventh place.

Cal Poly (572) and UC San Diego (572) shared the first-round lead after both schools shot identical 8-under par, 280, in the morning. But neither could hold the lead as each went 4-over, 292, in the afternoon and trail UCLA by seven strokes. After a first round of even-par, 288, Stanford rebounded with the best round of the day in the afternoon, firing a 10-under 278 to move within one shot of the leader.

UC Davis (577), playing its first tournament of the season, came out with a 2-over par, 290, in the morning round, paced by sophomore Steven Strong's 4-under, 68, on the Champions Course. It was the low round of the day by an Aggie and vaulted Strong into a two-round score of 6-under, 138, placing him in a tie for fourth place with Stanford's Rob Grube. The Aggies came back in the afternoon with a 1-under, 287, to move into seventh place after the first day.

In addition to Strong, the Aggies were led by sophomore Louie Bishop, who sits tied for 29th after a first-day total of even-par, 144. Senior Eric Restrepo and freshman Ramie Sprinkling, playing as an individual, are tied for 58th at 3-over, 147. Senior Jay Westerlund is tied for 63rd at 4-over, 148, while junior Erik Hill is tied for 114th at 155.

"Thank goodness for Steve Strong," said Aggie head coach Cy Willliams following the first day of play. "As a team we were pretty sloppy but we hung in there and never gave up. We have a lot of room for improvement on Saturday.

"Steve was phenomenal today," Williams continued. "He made 11 birdies on the day and really carried the team."



The Gold Rush Classic feature 29 men's teams, all from California, along with the defending NCAA Champion UCLA women's team, competing on both the Champions and Legends courses at the PGA of Southern California.

Play concludes at the Gold Rush Classic with a final 18 holes on Saturday morning.

2004 Gold Rush California Collegiate Showcase
September 17-18, 2004
at PGA of Southern California

Champions Course
Par 72 7,223 yards

Legends Course
Par 72 7,303 yards

TEAM SCORES (Top 10): 1. UCLA, 565; 2. Stanford, 566; T3. Cal Poly, 572; T3. UC San Diego, 572; 5. Saint Mary's, 574; 6. Pepperdine, 576; 7. UC DAVIS, 577; 8. UC Riverside, 578; 9. San Jose State, 581; 10. San Diego State, 584.

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (top 5 plus UC Davis): 1. Travis Bertoni, Cal Poly, 133; 2. Justin Madison, San Jose State, 135; 3. Peter Campbell, UCLA, 137; T4. Steven Strong, UC Davis, 138; T4. Rob Grube, Stanford, 138... T29. Louie Bishop, 144; T58. Eric Restrepo, 147; T58. Ramie Sprinkling, 47; T63. Jay Westerlund, 148; T114. Erik Hill, 155.