Top teams converge for 18th Prestige at PGA WEST

Feb. 15, 2018

Live Results | The Prestige At PGA WEST Homepage

DAVIS, Calif. - The return of the spring collegiate golf season brings with it one of the premier events on the calendar in the Prestige at PGA WEST, co-hosted by UC Davis and Stanford on the famed resort’s Greg Norman Course. The tournament consists of a junior clinic and college-am on Sunday, followed by one 18-hole round on each of Monday through Wednesday.

Investment firms KKR & Co. (formerly known as Kohlberg Kravis Roberts) and Charles Schwab are the event’s primary sponsors, with a dozen additional sponsors providing support for the event. This is the 18th installment of the Prestige, and the 14th at PGA WEST. Previous editions took place at Desert Willow Golf Course (2000, 2001) and La Quinta Resort (2002 and 2003).

The 2018 edition features four teams ranked among Golfweek’s Top 20: No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 9 LSU, No. 13 Stanford and No. 14 USC. Additionally, nine players appear in that outlet’s indiviudal Top 50: No. 8 Matthew Wolff, No. 9 Zach Bauchou, No. 42 Hayden Wood and No. 43 Kristoffer Ventura from OSU; No. 1 Justin Suh from USC, No. 6 Sahith Theegala from Pepperdine, No. 11 Brandon Wu from Stanford, No. 18 Norman Xiong from Oregon, and No. 31 Dylan Wu of Northwestern. 

UC Davis opened its spring schedule with the 54-hole Amer Ari Intercollegiate, hosted by Hawaii-Hilo from February 1-3. True freshman Thomas Hutchison led the Aggies in a tie for 20th place, setting team season bests for low round (7-under 65) and best tourney to par (7-under 209). The mathematics major from San Jose enjoyed a bogeyless round in that Friday second round, making him the first UC Davis player to achieve that feat this year.

Incidentally, Hutchison’s performance kicked off what is already an outstanding month for his family: Thomas’ older sister, Samantha, won individual medalist honors for the Aggie women at the Battle of the Rock tournament last weekend. 

With four tournaments in the books, the younger Hutchison leads the UC Davis men with a 73.08 average round. This sits just a half stroke ahead of senior Evan Knight and sophomore Matt Robinson, each of whom hold a 73.58 average. Knight also leads UC Davis with four rounds of par or better. 

Junior Jesse Bratz, the fourth Aggie to have played in all 12 rounds this season, enjoyed a season-best 2-under 70 to kick off the Amer Ari. He holds a 74.25 average. Ryan Han and Brandon Baumgarten each have appeared in two tourneys this year. Han earned the nod two weeks ago, carding rounds of 72,74 and 73 at the Amer Ari. Baumgarten finished the fall with a solid performance at the Windon Memorial, including a season-best 1-over 71 in the final around.

UC Davis finished 12th at last year’s Prestige at PGA WEST, with then senior Ben Corfee placing t24th with a 217 total. The Aggies have enjoyed a solid history during the previous 17 years of the Prestige, most notably 2004 medalist Erik Hill, who fired a 3-under 69 to finish the tournament. Nate Pistacchio tied TCU’s Johan de Beer for that honor in 2008, which Austin Graham finishing t5th that same year. UC Davis placed second in the team race in both 2004 and 2008 for its best all-time finish in the event.

Links to live results (via Golfstat) and the official tournament homepage can be found above.

Tournament Info

PGA WEST Junior Clinic, presented by Charles Schwab
The Prestige at PGA WEST College-Am, presented by Charles Schwab and KKR & Co.
The Prestige at PGA WEST Celebration Awards Dinner, presented by Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Company and Avis

The Prestige at PGA WEST College-Am (Greg Norman Course at PGA WEST)

The Prestige at PGA WEST Awards Luncheon (Greg Norman Clubhouse Patio)

UC Davis (co-host), No. 13 Stanford (co-host), East Tennessee State, Iowa State, No. 9 LSU, Northwestern, Notre Dame, No. 1 Oklahoma State, Oregon, Pepperdine, San Francisco, Stirling, No. 14 USC, Washington. (Rankings according to Golfweek.)

PGA WEST Greg Norman Course: Par 71 • 7,070 yards

Individual Medalist: Jared duToit, Arizona State (-9)
Team Champion: LSU (Even)

Mark Weissmann

KKR & Co., Charles Schwab

Avis Budget Group, Rite-Aid, Coca-Cola, Sprouts Farmers Market, Windermere Real Estate, GKK Works, Coppertone, Nike, The Desert Sun, Fast Signs, Gulf Broadcasting (Fox11/CW5/CBS2/NewsChannel3)

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