Aggies Finish Seventh At Opus NW Husky Invitational

Sept. 28, 2004

BREMERTON, Wash. - Southern California carried a 19-stroke lead into the final round and cruised to a seven-stroke win over Brigham Young following the third and final round on Tuesday at the 2004 Opus NW Husky Invitational at the par 72, 7,073-yard Olympic Course at Gold Mountain. UC Davis finished the third round 36 strokes off the lead and in seventh place.

USC (1085) fired a final-round 370, 10-over, but easily defeated BYU (1092), which shot a 2-under, 358, and host Washington (1094), whose 3-under 357 was the low score of the day. Minnesota (1107) and Coastal Carolina (1107) tied for fourth in the 10-team event.

The Aggies (1121) opened the day in seventh place and battled UC Irvine (1119) down to the final holes for sixth place honors. Despite shooting 377 for the day, six strokes better then the Anteaters, UC Irvine's lead entering the day was too great and the Aggies missed sixth place by two strokes.

Individually, USC's Ben Hayes' even-par 72 was enough to earn a one-stroke win over BYU's Oscar Alvarez, who also shot 72 on Tuesday. Hayes' three-round score of 212 was one stroke ahead of Alvarez (213) and two strokes better than a trio of players, including BYU's Greg Machtaler (214), Minnesota's Josh Persons (214) and Washington's Alex Prugh (214).

For the Aggies, senior Jay Westerlund fired a six-over 78 on Tuesday but still managed to finish in a tie for 12th at 2-over, 218. Sophomore Steven Strong had the best round of the day for UC Davis, shooting a 1-under, 71, to move from 23rd where he started the day to a tie for 14th. Freshman Ramie Sprinkling (226) tied for 30th while junior Erik Hill (228) finished tied for 37th and sophomore Louie Bishop (237) was tied for 52nd. Senior Eric Restrepo finished in 56th place with a three-round score of 238.



"We have a roster of good players, and seeing Steve step up and Ramie show he can compete is a big plus for us," said Aggie head coach Cy Williams. "We need to get a couple of our veterans going and we can be a very formidable team."

UC Davis is next in action on Monday when it competes at the Windon Memorial Classic, hosted by Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill.

2004 Opus NW Husky Invitational
September 27-28, 2004
at Olympic Course at Gold Mountain
Par 72 7,073 yards

TEAM SCORES: 1. Southern California, 1085; 2. Brigham Young, 1092; 3. Washington, 1094; T4. Minnesota, 1107; T4. Coastal Carolina, 1107; 6. UC Irvine, 1119; 7. UC Davis, 1121; 8. Oregon State, 1139; 9. Washington State, 1144; 10. San Diego State, 1149.

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (top 5 plus UC Davis): 1. Ben Hayes, USC, 212; 2. Oscar Alvarez, BYU, 213; T3. Greg Machtaler, BYU, 214; T3. Josh Persons, Minnesota, 214; T3. Alex Prugh, Washington, 214... T12. Jay Westerlund, 218; T14. Steven Strong, 219; T30. Ramie Sprinkling, 226; T37. Erik Hill, 228; T52. Louie Bishop, 237; 56. Eric Restrepo, 238.