UCLA Repeats; Aggie Junior Erik Hill Captures Medalist Honors At The Prestige

Junior Erik Hill captured his first tournament title as an Aggie, winning The Prestige at PGA WEST by two strokes. (Todd Hammond)
 
Junior Erik Hill captured his first tournament title as an Aggie, winning The Prestige at PGA WEST by two strokes. (Todd Hammond)
 

Nov. 2, 2004

LA QUINTA, Calif. - UCLA shot a tournament-low 294 on Tuesday to hold off second-round leader UC Davis and captured its second-straight title at The Prestige at PGA WEST, co-hosted by UC Davis and Stanford and played on the challenging par-72, 7,156-yard Greg Norman Course at PGA WEST.

The win by the Bruins marked their second victory of the fall season and came on a course that surrendered just four rounds under 300, all coming on Tuesday. UCLA (904) entered the day trailing UC Davis (913) by one, but managed the conditions the best en route to the nine-stroke victory. UC Davis, looking for its first title of the season, started slow but held on to overcome UC Irvine and Texas Tech for the runner-up finish. UC Irvine (917) and Texas Tech (917) finished in a tie for third while Oklahoma (922) made a late charge to finish in fifth, two strokes better than co-host Stanford (924). On a day when the winds died out but the course continued to play tough, only UCLA (294), Texas Tech 9295), Stanford (296) and Oklahoma (299) managed to break 300.

Individually, UC Davis junior Erik Hill birdied the final hole to secure a two-stroke victory over Notre Dame's Cole Isban for medalist honors. In Tuesday's final round, Hill fired a 3-under, 69, matching the low round of the tournament, to finish with a three-round score of 1-over, 217. He was the only player in the field to shoot two rounds under par, going 71-77-69 for the tournament. Isban, the first-day leader, shot a 2-over 73 on Tuesday for a two-day score of 219, one stroke better than Texas Tech's Shaun Melville (220). UC Irvine's Brian Edick (222) finished in fourth while a trio of players tied for fifth at 223, including Colorado's Edward McGlasson, Kansas' Kevin Ward and Stanford's Zack Miller. Miller matched Hill's 69 on Tuesday.

"Erik's win today is the biggest individual win in team history," said Aggie head coach Cy Williams. "He was incredible today. His routine down the stretch showed a tremendous amount of poise and he played the final nine holes like he has won a lot of big golf tournaments in the past.

 

 

"UCLA did a great job and they are a very strong team," Williams added. "They came through with big shots and there's a reason they are the defending champions. But I also thought this was our best finish in a major event. The quality of this field and the difficulty of the course presented numerous challenges. I thought our players managed those conditions with extreme poise and I'm very proud of their effort."

In addition to Hill's victory, the Aggies were paced by top 25 finishes from Eric Restrepo and Louie Bishop. Restrepo fired a final-round 74 to finish tied for 13th at 229. Sophomore Louie Bishop ended the tournament tied for 22nd at 231 while Steven Strong came in tied for 39th at 236. Senior Jay Westerlund finished tied for 66th at 245 while freshman Ramie Sprinkling, who played as an individual this week, came in 81st with a three-round score of 255.

The field at this year's Prestige at PGA WEST included three teams ranked in the top 15 nationally, led by No.6 TCU, No.11 UCLA and No.14 Brigham Young. Also included were No.24 Texas Tech, No.27 Pepperdine, No.40 Colorado, No.48 Kansas, No.52 Oklahoma, No.54 Notre Dame, No.59 Stanford, No.62 UC Irvine and No.81 Oregon.

The Prestige, hosted by the UC Davis and Stanford, is in it's fifth year of bringing together 16 of the nation's top academic and golf-playing universities. The Prestige has quickly become one of the nation's top collegiate golf tournaments with the help of presenting sponsors Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co., GEM (the official neighborhood electric vehicle), Nike Golf, KSL Resorts, Charles Schwab, La Quinta Resort and Club and KPSP-CBS TV 2.

The Prestige at PGA West concludes the fall season for UC Davis.

UC DAVIS GOLF
2004 The Prestige at PGA WEST
November 1-2, 2004
at The Greg Norman Course at PGA WEST
Par 72 7,156 yards

FINAL TEAM SCORES: 1. UCLA, 904; 2. UC Davis, 913; T3. UC Irvine, 917; T3. Texas Tech, 917; 5. Oklahoma, 922; 6. Stanford, 924; T7. Kansas, 925; T7. Texas Christian, 925; 9. Brigham Young, 931; T10. Notre Dame, 934; T10. Oregon, 934; 12. Pepperdine, 935; 13. Colorado, 943; 14. Pacific, 950; 15. Northern Colorado, 957; 16. Yale, 983.

FINAL INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (top 5 plus UC Davis): 1. Erik Hill, UC Davis, 217; 2. Cole Isban, Notre Dame, 219; 3. Shaun Melville, Texas Tech, 220; 4. Brian Edick, UC Irvine, 222; T5. Edward McGlasson, Colorado, 223; T5. Zack Miller, Stanford, 223; T5. Kevin Ward, Kansas, 223... T13. Eric Restrepo, 229; T22. Louie Bishop, 231; T39. Steven Strong, 236; T66. Jay Westerlund, 245; 81. Ramie Sprinkling, 255.