Men's golf closes fall slate at Windon Memorial

Oct. 7, 2017


DAVIS, Calif. -- Mere days from returning from the Marquette Intercollegiate, UC Davis men's golf returns to the road for its final tournament of the 2017 fall slate, this time at Evanston Golf Club for the Windon Memorial Championship. The two-day, 54-hole tournament runs Sunday and Monday on a par-70, 6,793-yard course.

The Aggies finished 11th at Marquette with 904 strokes, just two behind Northwestern and three behind Purdue and Ole Miss. Senior Evan Knight led the team with his 9-over-par 225 total, including team low rounds of 75 and 74 during Monday and Tuesday's rounds, respectively. In fact, the managerial economics major and All-Big West Conference honorable mention from Novato has led UC Davis at each of the first two tournaments.

Head coach Cy Williams will field the same five that he took to Wisconsin: Knight, sophomore Matt Robinson, freshman Thomas Hutchison, senior Brandon Baumgarten and junior Jesse Bratz. That group will tee off from the 10th hole starting at 7:45 a.m. local time (5:45 Pacific).

Robinson finished T29th at the season-opening Rod Myers Invite, then followed with a T37th at Marquette last weekend. His 2-under 70 in the second round at Duke ties Knight for the team's season-best 18. Hutchison finished as the No. 2 Aggie at Marquette with scores of 74, 77 and 76 en route to a tie for 3rd place. Bratz had UC Davis' low round on the first day at Marquette with his 1-over 73. Baumgarten, who sat out the Rod Myers tourney, made his season debut last weekend, steadily improving to a 3-over 75 in the final round at Erin Hills on Tuesday.

This is the 21st running of the Windon Memorial, originally known as the Quintessence Classic before it was renamed in memory of Wildcat alumnus Bernie Windon. The field includes the host Wildcats, who received votes in last week's GCAA poll; and Marquette, ranked 22nd by the coaches' association and eighth by Golfweek. The remainder of the 15-team field comprises Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Princeton, Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Loyola (Illinois), Columbia, Penn State, Iowa State, Army, Miami (Ohio) and UC Davis.

THE DANCE FLOOR: The first Windon Memorial Classic (then known as the Quintessence Classic) was won by Stanford's Casey Martin... The runner-up was Mike Muehr, who grew up playing at nearby El Macero Country Club... Other notable second-place finishers at the Windon include Luke Donald, who won it the following year; and a 1995 Stanford freshman named Tiger Woods... Aggie senior Evan Knight has two rounds at par our better in 2017, both at the Rod Myers Invitational, which brings his career total to 14... He ranked second in that category last season (9), behind only Ben Corfee (13)... UC Davis enjoyed one of its best team finishes at the Windon last year, placing 5th of 14... Corfee placed 7th in the event, Knight was T14th (219).

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