UCSB Jumps Into 7th to Finish Play at Nick Watney Invitational

Nick Swanson (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Nick Swanson (Photo by Tony Mastres)

FRESNO, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara shot a 291 in the final round at the Nick Watney Invitational on Tuesday and, as a result, jumped into seventh-place in the final standings at the tournament played at the Sunnyside Country Club.

The Gauchos, who were competing for the first time in 2016-17, were tied for eighth entering the final round. Their 291 third roiund score was the third lowest of the day as only tournament champion BYU and second-place San Francisco, who each shot a 289, had a lower score.

Junior Nick Swanson carded a 1-under par 70 on Tuesday to finish with a 5-over par 218 for the tournament, tying him for ninth-place. Tyler See and Matt Moomjian each finished with 11-over par 224s to tie for 28th. Moomjian's 1-over par 72 was UCSB's second best score on the day.

Brandon Bauman tied for 43rd at 12-over 225 and Brett Bennett finished 14-over, tying for 48th. 

BYU came into the final round tied with Utah and St. Mary's for the tournament lead, but the other co-leaders faltered in the final round carding 298 and 300 respectivelly. San Francisco moved up three spots on Tuesday and finished two back of BYU. Utah was nine back in third and St. Mary's finished 11 behind. Fresno State (13 shots off the lead), Loyola Marymount (15 back) and the Gauchos (20 behind) rounded out the top-seven. 

UCSB was the highest finishing Big West Conference school at the tournament. Cal State Northridge (tied for 10th), UC Irvine (14th), UC Riverside (15th) and Cal Poly (16th) rounded out the league's participants.

BYU's Peter Kuest won indivivdual medalist honors by finishing at -3 for the tournament. San Francisco's Henry Chung was second at even-par and BYU's Patrick Fishburn tied with LMU's Riley Elmes for thrid at 1-over par.

The Gauchos will be off for nearly two weeks before returning to action at the Bill Cullum Invitational at Wood Ranch Country Club in Simi Valley on Oct. 16-17.