Oct. 29, 2002
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Brian Benedictson fired a final round of 1-under par, 70, to lead Chico State to a 10-stroke victory over host Cal State Bakersfield following the final round of play at the Elco, Inc. Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at Stockdale Country Club in Bakersfield Tuesday.
The Wildcats (860) entered Tuesday's final round leading by eight strokes and cruised to its first tournament victory of the season. UC Davis (879) shot a 7-over par, 291, in the third round to finish in third place, nine shots behind Bakersfield (870) and eight in front of fourth place St. Martin's (887). UC San Diego (901), Cal State San Bernardino (929) and Northwest Nazarene (931) rounded out the seven-team field.
Benedictson, who shot a tournament low 64 in the first round Monday, shot 70 Tuesday and outpaced Ryan Higton of The Master's College and teammate J.J. Jakovac by one stroke for medalist honors at 1-under par, 212. That trio were the only players at or below par for the tournament. Higton took second place with a birdie on his first playoff hole against Jakovac.
UC Davis junior Jay Westerlund entered the day one stroke off the lead, but fired a 4-over par, 75, to finish the three-round event at 2-over par, 215, and in fifth place. Two other Aggies finished in the top 10 as freshman Brett Borchers finished in ninth place at 7-over par, 220, including an opening-round 66 on Monday. Sophomore Eric Restrepo rebounded from an opening-round 76 to finish 74-71 in his last two rounds to come in tied for 10th at 221. Freshman Taylor Neal shot his best round of the tournament on Tuesday with a 1-over par, 72, to finish tied for 14th at 223. Junior Chris Kilkenny finished 39th after a final round 76, giving him a three-round total of 237.
UC Davis also took another team of five players who competed as individuals at the Elco, Inc. Intercollegiates. Junior Scott Gordon finished tied for 18th at 225, while sophomore Roby Seed was tied for 22nd at 228. Freshman Jason Gambonini (232) was 27th while sophomore John Lawson, Jr. (233) finished tied for 28th. Junior Josh Williams finished strong, shooting 74-72 over the final two rounds to finish at 234 and tied for 31st.
"It was good to see Taylor, Eric and Brett bounce back with good rounds today," said Aggie Head Coach Cy Williams. "Jay had another good tournament and I think we will be ready for The Prestige at PGA WEST next week."
UC Davis will next be in action on November 4-5 when it co-hosts, along with Stanford University, the 2002 Prestige at PGA WEST in La Quinta, Calif.