Sept. 23, 2003
LAWRENCE, Kan. - The University of Kansas fired a final-round 4-under par, 284, the low round of the day, as it led wire-to-wire to capture a 17-stroke victory over runner-up North Texas at the 2003 Kansas Men's Fall Invitational, played Tuesday on the par 72, 6,950-yard Alvamar Golf Course.
Kansas was the only school to break par all three rounds as it finished with a three-round total of 9-under par, 855. North Texas entered the final day in third place before posting a 2-under par, 286, on Tuesday to finish at 872 for the tournament. Wichita State (876), Louisville (877) and Oral Roberts (881) rounded out the top five. UC Davis, which entered the final round in 10th place, shot its best round of the tournament, a 1-over par, 289, to finish in a three-way tie for seventh at 886.
Individually, Kansas' Andrew Price jumped out to a two-stroke lead following Monday's first round and never looked back as he cruised to a three-round total of 9-under par, 207, six strokes better than a trio of players. Price was one of only two players to finish under par all three rounds and the only one to finish with two rounds in the 60's. Wichita State's Judd Easterling, Oral Roberts' Luke Scrymgeour and Iowa State's Tyler Swanson all finished at 3-under par, 213, six strokes off the leader's pace. Southwest Missouri State's Brian Bennett (214) and Louisville's Charlie Woo (214) rounded out the top five, both finishing seven strokes off the lead.
UC Davis senior Scott Gordon fired Tuesday's low round, finishing with a 4-under par, 68, for a three-round total of even-par, 216. After opening with a 77, Gordon went 71-68 in his final two rounds to lead a trio of Aggies in the Top 20 by tying for 8th. Freshman Louie Bishop shot his best round of the tournament on Tuesday, closing with a 2-under par, 70, to finish tied for 11th (217). Junior Eric Restrepo finished the tournament at 3-over par, 219, and in a tie for 19th place. Sophomore Brett Borchers (234) finished tied for 75th while sophomore Jason Gambonini (238) was 82nd.
"It was a good final round for us," said Aggie head coach Cy Williams. "We had three players break 220 for the tournament which is strong. It was a good start to the season and we will continue to improve before heading to Northwestern in two weeks."
UC Davis will next be in action on October 6-7 when it competes in the Windon Memorial Classic in Glenview, Ill., hosted by Northwestern University.
UC DAVIS GOLF
2003 Kansas Invitational
September 23, 2003
at Alvamar Golf Course
Par 72 6,950 yards
FINAL TEAM SCORES: 1. Kansas, 855; 2. North Texas, 872; 3. Wichita State, 876; 4. Louisville, 877; Oral Roberts, 881; Iowa State, 883; T7. UC DAVIS, 886; T7. Houston, 886; T7. SW Missouri State, 886; 10. Drake, 888; 11. Nebraska, 890; 12. Illinois State, 894; 13. Missorui-Kansas City, 900; T14. Northern Iowa, 903; T14. Louisiana Lafayette, 903.
FINAL INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (top 5 plus UC Davis): 1. Andrew Price, Kansas, 207; T2. Judd Easterling, Wichita State, 213; T2. Luke Scrymgeour, Oral Roberts, 213; T2. Tyler Swanson, Iowa State, 213; T5. Brian Bennett, SW Missouri State, 214; T5. Charlie Woo, Louisville, 214... T8. Scott Gordon, 216; T11. Louie Bishop, 217; T19. Eric Restrepo, 219; T75. Brett Borchers, 234; 82. Jason Gambonini, 239.