Sept. 24, 2002
STOCKTON, Calif. - UC Davis shot a final-round 3-under par, 285, its best round of the tournament, as it moved up three places to finish eighth following Tuesday's third and final round of the Pacific Invitational played at The Reserve at Spanos Park.
UCLA, which held a six-shot lead following the first two rounds, finished with a tournament-best 273 on Tuesday, giving the Bruins a three-round total of 34-under par, 16 strokes better than runner-up Coastal Carolina. UCLA's tournament score of 830 was the lowest since Oregon posted a tournament record 828 in 1991 at Stockton Country Club.
Coastal Carolina (846) finished one-stroke better than Oregon State (847) for second place. Oregon State finished with a final-round 11-under par, 277, the second-best round of the tournament. UC Irvine (851) finished in fourth while Cal State Northridge (855) rounded out the top five.
Alvero Velasco of Coastal Carolina was the individual medalist, firing three sub-70 rounds. His three-round score of 205, 11-under par, is the lowest in the Pacific Invitational since Mark Aldrich of Oregon shot a 205 in 1991. It ties the second best three-round score in tournament history. Joe Rassett of Oral Roberts in 1980 shot a 202 at Woodbridge Country Club. Velasco's tournament was highlighted by a hole in one on the 15th hole of round two. Velasco's score was one stroke better than Cal State Northridge's Pete Sisich, who finished at 10-under par, 206.
UC Davis junior Jay Westerlund was the top Aggie finisher with a three-round total of 4-under par, 212, good for 17th place. Junior Scott Gordon and sophomore Eric Restrepo finished tied for 28th at even-par, 216. Junior Chris Kilkenny shot a final-round 3-under par, 69, to finish tied for 32nd at 1-over par. Freshman Brett Borchers, playing in his first collegiate tournament, finished in 64th place, 11-over par.
"We had a good day and finished with our best round of the tournament, which was nice to see," said Aggie Head Coach Cy Williams. "Chris (Kilkenny) played well all day and Jay had a very good tournament, finishing four shots under par."
UC Davis will next be in action on September 30 when it travels to Glenview, Ill. to compete in the Northwestern Invitational.