Gauchos Finish Sixth at Nick Watney Invitational to Open 2019-20 Campaign

Matt Moomjian (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Matt Moomjian (Photo by Tony Mastres)

FRESNO, Calif. - Matt Moomjian shot a 6-under par 207 to finish tied for 14th-place, helping UC Santa Barbara to a sixth-place finish at the Nick Watney Invitational on Tuesday. The tournament was the season-opener for the Gauchos and it was played at the Fort Washington Country Club.

UCSB sat in eighth-place at even par after Monday's first two rounds, but a 6-under third round helped it to jump two spots and into sixth. The team finished with a 6-under par 846, 24 shots behind team champion BYU which finished at 30-under par. Long Beach State (-25), San Jose State (-23), San Diego (-19) and Fresno State (-19) rounded out the top-five.

Moomjian followed-up an even-par first round on Monday morning with a 4-under par second round and then, on Tuesday, a 2-under final round to finish at 207. He tied with Fresno's Michael Cliff for 14th-place. Brandon Jacobs entered the final day at 2-over par and in 35th-place, but a 2-under final round helped him finish at even-par and in a tie for 27th-place. Brett Bennett shot a 2-over 215 to tie for 35th. 

Nick Swanson, who redshirted the 2018-19 season, returned to action with a 4-over par 217, tying for 50th. Swanson, however, saved his best for last by recording a 2-under par 69 in the final round. Brandon Bueno was the Gauchos' fifth player and he finished tied for 53rd with a 5-over 218.

BYU's Peter Kuest and Long Beach State's Hunter Epson tied for individual medalist honors at 13-under par. Rhett Rasmussen, also of BYU, finished third at 12-under, while Seattle University's Nathan Cogswell was fourth at 10-under.

UCSB will play its second tournament of the year on Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 7-8 at the Alister Mackenzie Invitational. The tournament will be hosted by Cal at The Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif.