Nov. 4, 2009
STOCKTON, Calif. - Sophomore Tyler Raber captured his first collegiate tournament on Wednesday as the UC Davis men's golf team rallied to overtake 22nd-ranked Oregon and win the Stockton Sports Commission Pacific Invitational at Brookside Country Club.
The Aggies shot a final-round 286, finishing 20 shots below par for the week at the par-71, 6,757-yard course. Oregon, which led UC Davis by a shot entering Wednesday, slipped to third in the final standings, two shots behind the Aggies and one back of runner-up BYU which shot 275 and finished at 18-under. Fresno State was a distant fourth, 10 shots behind champion UC Davis.
"This win shows what we can do," said coach Cy Williams. "It was a very strong field and will help our ranking. From a confidence standpoint, it shows our young team what they're capable of doing. It was one of the most exciting wins we've ever had."
Raber, who had a school-record 63 on Tuesday, finished with a 72 on Wednesday to post a school-record 54-hole total of 199. His score beat the previous record of 204 held by Erik Hill in 2005 and current teammate Austin Graham who posted his at last spring's Wyoming Cowboy Classic.
Raber, from Davis High School, finished 14 shots below par, carding a four-shot win over Eugene Wong of Oregon who had a 73 in the last round. Brady Johnson (-9) and Mitchell Gregson (-8) of Kansas State took the next two spots. Raber was joined in the top 10 by Graham who tied for eighth at 4-under 209. Graham shot 74 in the last round.
Sophomore Tim Honeycutt had his best round of the tournament, shooting a 68 to finish at par 213 and in 26th place. Senior Brent Booth tied for 27th at 214 after his round of 71 while Andrew Haggen finished with a 74 and tied for 30th.
Raber, whose previous best finish was a tie for eighth at the Michigan State Spartan Classic in September, played the front nine in three over on Wednesday before seven pars and two birdies brought him in with a 72.
"Tyler's had a very good fall and he knows the course well," said Williams. "He had a really good game plan. When you have a good game plan it just takes that doubt out of your game. His scores are pretty amazing but not surprising since he's done it in practice. We're very proud of him."
Graham was five over going into his final hole, but an eagle on the par-5, 18th helped him finish strong.
Honeycutt had the steadiest Aggie round of the day, finishing with 15 pars and three birdies, giving him his best round of the season. Booth and Haggen each picked up three birdies as UC Davis earned its first win of the season. It was also UC Davis' fourth tournament title since the beginning of last season.
UC Davis also picked up 2.50 points toward the 2009-10 Causeway Cup by finishing ahead of Sacramento State. The Hornets placed 11th. The Aggies lead the all-sports competition with the Hornets, 22.50-12.50.
The Stockton Sports Commission Pacific Invitational brought to a close the Aggies' fall season. They'll return to competition in February.
STOCKTON SPORTS COMMISSION PACIFIC INVITATIONAL
Stockton, Calif. (hosted by the Univ. of Pacific)
Brookside Country Club
Par 71; 6,757 yards
1. UC Davis, 273-273- 286-832
2. BYU, 279-279- 275-833
3. Oregon, 273-272-289-834
4. Fresno State, 281-273-288-842
5. Kansas State, 284-279- 280-843
6. Saint Mary's, 280-276- 288-844
7. Denver, 281-276-290-847
8. Pacific, 278-284-286-848
9. Cal State Northridge, 282-291- 290-863
10. San Jose State, 296-282- 291-869
11. Sacramento State, 288-286- 297-871
12. Cal State Fullerton, 287-299- 298-884
1. Tyler Raber, UC Davis, 64-63- 72-199