Booth Shoots School-Record 64 As Aggies Take Second

Brent Booth beat his previous career-best by five strokes, shooting 64 on a difficult Warren Golf Course on Tuesday. <br>
Brent Booth beat his previous career-best by five strokes, shooting 64 on a difficult Warren Golf Course on Tuesday.


Oct. 7, 2008

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- UC Davis junior Brent Booth fired a school-record 64 during Tuesday's final round on his way to fourth place at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic at Notre Dame and helping lift the Aggie men's golf team to second place in the 16-team event.

Booth, whose previous career best was a 69 last season, paced four Aggies inamongthe top 15 places, a quartet that also included Nate Pistacchio in eighth, Austin Graham who tied for 12th, and Ramie Sprinkling who tied for 15th.

The event was played at the par-70, 7,023-yard Warren Golf Course. UC Davis shot an even-par 280 on Tuesday, the lowest round of the tournament by three strokes.

The 51st-ranked Aggies continued a strong fall season which has seen them finish either first or second in three of their four tournaments. Fourth-ranked Arkansas finished 23 over to win team honors at Notre Dame, beating UC Davis - who was sixth heading into Tuesday - by just four strokes. No. 41 Michigan State was third and No. 47 Minnesota took fourth.

Third-ranked Lamar - which finished fifth - was one of four ranked teams to finish behind UC Davis. No. 49 Virginia Commonwealth tied for seventh.

Randy Hutchison of Michigan State was the only player in the field that didn't finish above par, carding an even-par 210 to claim medalist honors by one stroke over Andrew Landry of Arkansas.

Booth, however, was the standout player for the day, shooting from a tie for 35th after 36 holes to fourth place on the final leaderboard after his 6-under 64. He did so with a round that featured seven birdies - including on each of the final three holes - as well as an eagle on the par-5 5th.

He was 3 under on both sides, breaking the previous school record of 65 achieved most recently by teammate Nate Pistacchio last season. The school record for score relative to par is 7 under. Booth's score was also one off the collegiate course record.

"It was a very good round," said Aggie coach Cy Williams. "This was a very difficult course."

Williams was pleased with his team's performance in a highly competitive field on a difficult course.

"A lot of good things came from this tournament," he said.

Pistacchio had a 71 on Tuesday, shooting three pars, and finished 6 over in the final standings. Graham and Sprinkling also had three birdies, carding 72 and 73, respectively. Tyler Raber had an 80, playing the front side just 2 over.

UC Davis will host The Prestige at PGA WEST next Monday and Tuesday at the Greg Norman Course next Monday and Tuesday. The annual tournament, which is co-hosted with Stanford, features some of the top academic and golf-playing institutions in the country.

Notre Dame, Ind. (hosted by Notre Dame)
Warren Golf Course
Par 70, 7,023 yards

1. Arkansas, 287-293-283-863
2. UC Davis, 293-294-280-867
3. Michigan State, 287-296-288-871 4. Minnesota, 293-286-295-874
5. Lamar, 297-289-293-879
6. Virginia, 295-288-297-880
T7. Iowa, 301-302-289-892
T7 VCU, 303-295-294-892
9. SE Louisiana, 303-289-303-895
10. San Francisco, 308-295-296-899
11. DePaul, 310-296-294-900
12. San Diego, 302-299-303-904
T13. UNC-Greensboro, 301-304-303-908
T13. North Florida, 299-3014-308-908
15. Notre Dame, 307-301-303-911
16. Notre Dame B, 311-298-307-916

T1. Randy Hutchison, Michigan State, 69-72-69-210

4. Brent Booth, 74-76-64-214
T8. Nate Pistacchio, 75-70-71-216
T12. Austin Graham, 71-75-72-218
T15 Ramie Sprinkling, 73-73-73-219
T71. Tyler Raber, 75-79-80-234