Sept. 18, 2012
BREMERTON, Wash. - Matt Hansen's third-round 72 moved him into a tie for 11th place while Mike Brockington shot a 2-under 70 as the UC Davis men's golf team claimed a fourth place finish on Tuesday after the final round of the season-opening Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational in Bremerton.
Brockington made an eight-shot improvement from his first and second round scores as all five Aggies finished in the top 30 of a tournament field that included three teams ranked in the top 10 nationally by Golfstat. Tyler Raber and Jonny Baxter tied for 22nd at 7-over 223 while Matt Seramin was 27th at 8-over 224.
"We finished in fourth today because everybody contributed and that was good to see in the first tournament of the year," said head coach Cy Williams. "We're going to find lots of things to work on since it was the first tournament, but they competed very well out there. They kept playing and, at the end of the day, we kept passing people on that back nine because we were playing hard. I'm very proud of their effort."
The Aggies had a 5-over 293 in Tuesday's final round for a collective 18-over 882. Host and sixth-ranked Washington won the team title at 2-under 862 while Texas A&M was second at seven over. Saint Mary's narrowly edged UC Davis by one stroke to claim third.
UC Davis, however, finished six strokes ahead of No. 7 San Diego State (888) and 17 strokes ahead of Oregon and Washington State which tied for sixth. The Ducks were the No. 5 team in the country at the end of the 2011-12 season.
Washington's Cheng-Tsung Pan won individual medalist honors with a 5-under 211.
After carding back-to-back 78s in Monday's first and second rounds, Brockington's third round featured three birdies and 14 pars, eight of which came on his back nine. His only bogey of the day came on the par-4 fourth hole and briefly moved him to even after he opened the day with a par, a birdie and a second par in his first three holes.
Brockington closed out his front nine with four straight pars, then carded a birdie to reach one under. He continued his strong, consistent play through his back nine, opening with another four consecutive pars before a birdie on hole 14 moved him to two under. He'd finish there after another four straight pars to card a 70.
"To have your No. 4 player get the low round of the tournament shows you have depth which is a great feeling to have to start the year," said Williams. "Everyone contributed. Both Matts and Tyler had solid first days, Jonny gets to four over through five but he kept working. Everyone did something."
Hansen's 72 came by way of three birdies and 13 pars. He was at two under through 11 after opening with two birdies and six straight pars, but a bogey on the 12th hole briefly moved him to one under. Hansen moved right back to two under with a birdie on the very next hold and carried that through the next four holes, but an unfortunate double bogey on his last hole of the day pushed him to even.
Baxter finished at 3-over 75 for the day in a round that was highlighted by three birdies. Raber's final round featured a strong back nine with three birdies and five pars as he finished with a 76 while Seramin closed his third round with five pars and two birdies on his final seven holes.
UC Davis will next travel to the Windon Memorial Classic, hosted by Northeastern on Sept. 23-24 at the Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, Ill.
KIKKOR GOLF HUSKY INVITATIONAL
Gold Mountain Golf Course
1. Washington, 283-290-289 - 862
2. Texas A&M, 292-287-292 - 871
3. Saint Mary's, 291-296-294 - 881
4. UC DAVIS, 298-291-293 - 882
5. San Diego State, 294-297-297 - 888
T6. Oregon, 300-300-299 - 899
T6. Washington State, 291-302-306 - 899
8. Arizona State, 303-300-298 - 901
9. BYU, 291-312-299 - 902
10. Minnesota, 300-313-298 - 911
11. Pacific, 315-296-301 - 912
12. Pepperdine, 312-300-303 - 915
13. Gonzaga, 316-307-299 - 922
14. Loyola-Maryland, 312-316-304 - 932
15. Seattle, 322-305-307 - 934
1. Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington, 69-66-76 - 211