Nov. 5, 2002
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Texas Christian University fired a final round 6-under par, 282, the lowest round of the tournament, to defeat runner-up UC Irvine by 15 strokes in capturing The Prestige At PGA WEST title on the par 72, 6,841-yard La Quinta Resort Mountain Course Tuesday afternoon.
TCU, the No.7-ranked team in the country and the only team to finish all three rounds under par, led from wire-to-wire as it captured its second title of the fall season with a three-round total of 853. UC Irvine (868), which entered the event ranked No.39, never fell from its second-place standing following the first round to outdistance third-place Pepperdine (873) by five strokes. UCLA (877) and Vanderbilt (880) rounded out the top five.
Washington (882) and Kansas (882) finished tied for sixth, followed by UC Davis (886), San Diego (891) and Oregon (894) in the top 10. Stanford (899) finished the two-day event in 11th place with Pacific (901) two shots back followed by Rice (902) and Yale (902) in 13th. Colorado (904), UC Santa Barbara (922), UC San Diego (925) and Air Force (934) rounded out the 18-team field.
"Our goal coming in was to win the tournament and after a slow start in the first round, our guys played great," said TCU Head Coach Bill Montigel. "We played exceptionally well over the last two rounds and I am really proud of the guys."
Individually, Kansas' Chris Marshall finished the three-round event at 9-under par, 207, to take a one-shot victory over TCU's Adam Rubinson. Vanderbilt's Brandt Snedeker (211), finished in third place at 5-under par, with Stanford's Jim Seki (212) and UC Irvine's Jay Choe (213) rounding out the top five. In all, 10 players finished under par for the three rounds.
"This was another great event," said Stanford Head Coach Jeff Mitchell, who along with UC Davis co-hosted the event. "It's just a superior event at a great location, a great course. The entire staff at La Quinta runs great events and that is exactly what it did this week."
UC Davis Head Coach Cy Williams echoed Mitchell's thoughts. "I think this event is unparalleled considering the quality of the field and what the tournament stands for. It continues to get better each year."
The Prestige At PGA WEST , hosted by UC Davis and Stanford, is in its third year of bringing together golf teams from 18 of the nation's top academic universities. The Prestige At PGA WEST has quickly become one of the nation's premier collegiate golf tournaments with the help of presenting sponsors Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., GEM, Nike Golf, KSL Resorts, RM Sport, Avis, PGA WEST and the La Quinta Resort & Club.
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