Oct. 26, 2003
STANFORD, Calif. - Duke University fired a 9-under par 275, the low round of the tournament, to erase a two-stroke deficit and defeat the University of Washington by three shots to capture the title at the 2003 Nelson Invitational, played Sunday on the par 71, 6,786-yard Stanford Golf Course.
Paced by Ryan Blaum's 5-under par 66, the Blue Devils (834) overtook second-round leader Washington (837) for the title. The University of Colorado (842) finished in third, eight strokes off the lead while Colorado State (843) and Kansas (844) rounded out the top five. UC Davis finished Sunday's final round with a 2-under par 282, its lowest round of the tournament, to finish tied for 12th. The Aggies improved each round after opening with a 293 and shooting 288 on Saturday.
Individually, Blaum and Toledo's Brad Heaven tied for medalist honors at 12-under par, 201. While those two battled for the title, the low round of the day belonged to UC Davis' Scott Gordon and Colorado State's Nolan Martin as each player fired 6-under par, 65s. For Gordon, it marked the low round of his Aggie career and tied the school record for lowest round ever, one of only three players to shoot 65. At one point in his round Gordon was 7-under par before finishing one stroke off that pace.
"I can't say enough about Scott's round today" said UC Davis head coach Cy Williams. "He was in control from start to finish and it was great to watch. It was the third straight tournament that he has finished with the low score of the final round."
In addition to Gordon, Eric Restrepo finished tied for 18th after a final-round of even-par 71. Restrepo finished 11 strokes off the lead. Brett Borchers came in tied for 60th at 221 following a 1-over par 72 on Sunday while Chris Kilkenny shot a 74 on Sunday to finish tied for 64th at 223. Louie Bishop, who withdrew on Saturday after a 75 on Friday, shot another 75 on Sunday.
UC Davis will next be in action on November 3 when it co-hosts, along with Stanford, The Prestige At PGA WEST. The 54-hole event will be played at the La Quinta Resort Mountain Course.
UC DAVIS GOLF
2003 Nelson Invitational
October 24-26, 2003
at Stanford Golf Course
Par 71 6,786 yards
TEAM SCORES: 1. Duke, 834; 2. Washington, 837; 3. Colorado, 842; 4. Colorado State, 843; 5. Kansas, 844; 6. Texas Tech, 846; 7. Southern California, 850; 8. Toledo, 851; 9. Stanford, 853; 10. Hawaii-Hilo, 861; 11. Missouri, 862; T12. UC DAVIS, 863; T12. Notre Dame, 863; 14. Florida Southern, 873; 15. Idaho, 877.
INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (top 5 plus UC Davis): T1. Brad Heaven, Toledo, 201; T1. Ryan Blaum, Duke, 201; 3. Nolan Martin, Colorado State, 203; 4. Brock Mackenzie, Washington, 204; T5. Andrew Dresser, Texas Tech, 206; T5. David Jenkins, Missouri, 206; T5. Andrew Price, Kansas, 206... 9. Scott Gordon, 208; T18. Eric Restrepo, 212; T60. Brett Borchers, 221; T64. Chris Kilkenny, 223; DNF Louie Bishop (75-WD-75).