Oct. 8, 2002
GOODYEAR, Ariz. - UC Davis fired a 6-under par, 282, in the third round, the lowest round of the tournament, to finish at 863 and in second place, two shots off tournament champion Cal State Bakersfield, following the final round at the Grand Canyon/Oak Craft Classic Tuesday on the par 72, 7,139-yard Estrella Mountain Ranch golf course.
The Aggies began the day four shots behind first-day leader Grand Canyon and in fourth place. The 282 final round score, matched by Bakersfield, gave the Roadrunner the two-stroke victory. Cal State Stanislaus, which began the day one shot ahead of the Aggies, fired a closing-round 283 to finish at 863 and tied with UC Davis for second place. The Aggies, however, captured a tiebreaker as their fifth score was lower than Stanislaus'.
Chico State (869) shot its best round of the tournament on Tuesday with a 3-under par, 285, to finish in fourth while Grand Canyon (871) fired a 6-over par, 294, to finish in fifth place.
Individually, Chico State's J.J. Jakovic, the defending Division II national champion, fired his second straight 3-under par, 69, to finish at 206 and two shots ahead of runner-up Kevin Klebe (208) of Cal State Bakersfield for the individual title. Northeastern State's Eric Moore shot a 4-under par, 68, the lowest round of the day, to finish in third while Grand Canyon's David Brown (211) and Bakersfield's D.J. Fernando (211) tied for fourth. UC Davis sophomore Eric Restrepo was the high finisher for the Aggies as his final-round 70 gave him a three-round total of 213, good for sixth place.
Junior Jay Westerlund (216), fired a 3-under par, 69, on the final day to finish tied for 10th while junior Josh Williams (218) and freshman Taylor Neal (218) tied for 14th. Junior Chris Kilkenny finished tied for 35th after a closing round of 1-under par, 71, to finish at 223.
"We had another good round today and it was nice to see our improvement over the three rounds," said Aggie Head Coach Cy Williams. "Hopefully this will be a good lesson for us that when we play the quality of teams that were in this tournament, we have to be on the top of our games each round to come out ahead."
UC Davis will next be in action on Monday, October 14, when it competes in the Chico State Invitational in Sun River, Ore.
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