Sept. 14, 2008
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis men's golf team opens play for the 2008-09 season on Monday when the Aggies travel to Lawrence, Kan., for the 16-team University of Kansas Invitational at the par-72 Alvamar Golf Club, ready to begin their second year at the NCAA Division I level.
The Aggies, who finished second at last year's Big West Conference Championships, will open up play with 36 holes on Monday followed by 18 on Tuesday. UC Davis finished fifth at last year's event - its best finish of the fall season - which was won by the University of Houston.
Three players who participated in last year's tournament for the Aggies - Nate Pistacchio, Ramie Sprinkling, and Austin Graham - return for this year's tournament and will be joined by returner Brent Booth and freshman Tyler Raber. Sprinkling finished in a tie for 27th to pace UC Davis in 2007.
"We're very excited to get started," said Aggie coach Cy Williams. "Our goal, as always, is to get into the final group in the last round. That will give us a chance to win."
Graham led UC Davis in scoring in 2007-08, averaging 72.7 strokes over his team-high tying 35 rounds. Included were three top-10 finishes. Pistacchio was close behind with a 73.1 average while Sprinkling averaged 73.3 strokes. Booth played just 14 rounds, posting a 75.3 average.
Jordan Irwin of Houston finished at 1-under 215 to earn medalist honors at the Kansas Invitational in 2007. Other teams competing including Cleveland State, Evansville, Houston, Illinois State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Nebraska, North Texas, Northern Iowa, Oklahoma City University, Rice, South Dakota State, TCU, Missouri-Kansas City, Western Kentucky and the host Jayhawks.
The tournament begins a busy week for the Aggies who will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the Wolverine Intercollegiate on Saturday and Sunday.