Nov. 4, 2003
LA QUINTA, Calif. - UCLA shot a final round of 7-under par 281, the low round of the day, erasing a five-stroke deficit to overtake second-round leader Texas Christian in capturing the title at The Prestige At PGA WEST, played Tuesday on the par-72, 6,841-yard La Quinta Resort Mountain Course.
UC Davis fired a final-round 1-under par, 287, to finish in eighth place for the second consecutive year. The Aggies defeated five teams ranked in the top 100 nationally, including No.18 Washington, No.27 Oklahoma, No.56 Stanford, No.62 UC Irvine and No.85 Oregon.
The Bruins entered Tuesday tied for third, five strokes behind defending champion TCU, which shot a tournament-best 8-under par 280 in Monday's afternoon round. UCLA, which finished the three-round event at 5-under 859, had all four scoring players finish below par on Tuesday, led by John Poucher's 3-under 69. UCLA entered the tournament No.4 in the country by Golfweek, two spots ahead of TCU's No.6 ranking. The Horned Frogs (860) fired a 1-under par 287 on Tuesday to finish one stroke ahead of Brigham Young University (861). Pepperdine (863) finished fourth while Colorado (868) and 2000 champion Northwestern (868) tied for fifth.
In the race for individual medalist, TCU's Colby Beckstrom tied for the low-round of the day with a 5-under 67 to overtake second-round leader Zack Miller of Stanford and win by two strokes. Beckstrom, who shot rounds of 71-68-67 for a 10-under 206 total, was the only player in the field to finish under par each round. Miller (208) entered Tuesday holding a five-stroke lead, but finished with a 2-over par 74 and narrowly missed taking top honors. Northwestern's Tom Johnson (210) and BYU's Jake Ellison (210) tied for third while Pepperdine's Michael Putnam (211) rounded out the top five.
For the Aggies, junior Eric Restrepo tied with Beckstrom for the day's low round with a 5-under 67. Restrepo finished tied for sixth at 212, six strokes off the lead, after rounds of 71-74-67. Senior Scott Gordon rebounded on Tuesday with a 3-under 69, his low round of the tournament, tying him for 22nd. That makes four straight tournaments in which Gordon has finished with a round in the 60's, including his school-record-tying 65 at The Nelson a week ago Sunday at Stanford.
Additionally, sophomore Brett Borchers tied for 28th with a three-round total of 221 while freshman Louie Bishop finished at 224 and tied for 42nd. Senior Chris Kilkenny came in 77th at 244.
"It was a great way to finish by shooting our low round of the tournament," said Aggie Head Coach Cy Williams. "We beat a top 20 team and finished ahead of four others ranked in the top 100. This is one of the toughest tournaments in the country and to finish in the top eight says a lot about our team.
"Eric was tremendous today," Williams continued. "He got it going with four straight birdies on the back side and Scott continued his streak of finishing with a strong round."
The Prestige at PGA WEST, hosted by the UC Davis and Stanford, is in its fourth year of bringing together 15 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, PGA WEST and the La Quinta Resort & Club.