Oct. 9, 2007
FAIRFAX, Calif. -- Ramie Sprinkling finished the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in strong fashion on Tuesday, firing an even-par 71 to post a 54-hole total of 8-under 205 and tie for fourth at the tournament in which UC Davis tied for sixth.
The tournament was hosted by Cal.
Sprinkling began the day tied for seventh after shooting rounds of 68 and 5-under 66 over the 6,686-yard championship course at The Meadow Club on Monday. It was a career-best finish for the Aggie junior and just one off the school record of 204 set by Erik Hill in 2005, according to head coach Cy Williams.
His score helped UC Davis tie for sixth in the final standing along with Oregon State at 14-under 838. In addition to tying the 25th-ranked Beavers, the Aggies beat three ranked teams. No. 29 Louisville finished eighth, No. 38 Saint Mary's took ninth and No. 39 Arizona State finished 10th.
The Aggies began the final round tied for second with Louisville after back-to-back rounds of 274 on Monday. Scores for most teams were higher with only three teams breaking par on Tuesday.
"It's always nice to beat ranked teams," said Williams. "And it's good to be in the final group. That's always a goal."
Sprinkling had four birdies and four bogeys in his even round on Tuesday, leading the Aggies in scoring for the second consecutive day. He tied with three other golfers for fourth place behind winner Daryl Fathauer of Louisville who won by two strokes after finishing 13 under.
Sophomore Phil Huffman had five birdies over his final 18 holes, helping him to finish with a closing 73 and tying him for 32nd place at 2 over. Freshman teammate Austin Graham posted a 74, also tying for 32nd.
Senior Matt Marshall carded a 72 on Tuesday, playing the final two rounds 2 under par after opening with a 76 on Monday morning. He had eight pars on his final nine holes to finish in a tie for 50th at 216. Sophomore Brent Booth tied for 67th at 221 after ending the tournament with an 80. He opened the 54-hole tournament with a solid 69 and shot 72 in the second round.
UC Davis will return to action next weekend at La Quinta, Calif. The Aggies will co-host The Prestige at PGA WEST with Stanford. Fifteen teams will compete in the eighth annual event which brings together some of the top academic and golf-playing institutions in the country. Included in the teams scheduled to compete is Charlotte, the top-ranked team according to Golfweek Magazine.
ALISTER MACKENZIE INVITATIONAL
Fairfax, Calif. (Hosted by Cal)
The Meadow Club
Par 71; 6,686 yards
1. San Diego State, 281-271-276-828
2. Washington, 273-268-291-832
3. UC Irvine, 276-277-280-833
T4. Oregon, 282-277277-277-836
T4. Fresno State, 271-280-285-836
T6. Oregon State, 276-273-289-838
T6. UC Davis, 274-274-290-838
8. Louisville, 278-270-291-839
9. Saint Mary's, 272-283-285-840
10. Arizona State, 284-271-287-842
11. Santa Clara, 275-282-291-848
12. California, 274-277-298-849
13. San Francisco, 282-288-292-862
14. San Jose State, 286-288-289-863
15. Washington State, 292-287-285-864
16. Cal Poly, 290-285-296-871
1. Daryl Fathauer, Louisville, 61-67-72-200