Oct. 24, 2004
STANFORD, Calif. - The University of New Mexico captured a five-stroke win over UNLV but it was the UC Davis Aggies that fired the low score on Sunday during the third and final round at The Nelson, hosted by Stanford and played at the par 69, 6,444-yard Stanford Golf Course.
The Aggies final round score of 2-over 278, vaulted UC Davis from 13th to 10th place as it finished with its best round of the tournament. UC Davis was also the only team to break 280 on Sunday.
New Mexico (830) held a one-stroke lead over UNLV entering Sunday and increased it to five by the end of the day with a score of 284, its lowest of the three rounds. UNLV (835) shot a 288 on Sunday and held off Georgia State (837), which fired a 283 for second place. Host Stanford (844) and Missouri (844) tied for fourth to round out the top five.
Individually, New Mexico's Spencer Levin (198), the second round leader, carried a four-stroke lead into the final round but came away with a tie for the low score with Georgia State's Steve Tiley. Tiley (198) fired a final round of 5-under 64, the lowest round of the tournament, to make up the four-stroke deficit and earn co-medalist honors. UNLV's Jared Texter was the only other player under par for the event at 1-under, 206. Kansas' Tyler Docking (207) and Levin's teammate, Jay Reynolds (207), tied for fourth.
UC Davis was paced by sophomore Steven Strong's 2-under 67, the low round by an Aggie in the tournament and tied for the second lowest score on the day. Strong's finish moved him into a tie for 16th at 5-over, 212. Senior Eric Restrepo shot a final round 69 to finish the three days at 7-over, 214, while teammate Jay Westerlund (215) fired a 70 to come in tied for 31st. Junior Erik Hill (222) finished tied for 63rd after a round of 76 on Sunday and Louie Bishop, who withdrew from Saturday's round, shot a 72 on Sunday.
UC Davis is next in action on Nov. 1 when it co-hosts The Prestige At PGA WEST along with Stanford University.
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