Gauchos Finish 14th at Alister MacKenzie Invitational, Moomjian Ties for 20th

Matt Moomjian (Photo by Jeff Liang)
Matt Moomjian (Photo by Jeff Liang)

FAIRFAX, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara struggled with a 292 in the final round at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational on Tuesday and fell to 14th by the end of the tournament which was hosted by Cal at the Meadow Club.

The Gauchos began the day in 12th-place at 2-under par and, at one point, entered the top-10, but faltered somewhat down the stretch to finish with a 6-over par 858, two shots back of 13th-place Fresno State and six behind 12th-place Loyola Marymount.

For the second tournament in a row, UCSB was led by senior Matt Moomjian who carded a 5-under par 208 to tie for 20th-place. After shooting a 3-over par 74 in the first round, Moomjian shot a 7-under 64 in the second round and a 1-under 70 in the final round. He was one of five players tied for 20th.

Another senior, Brett Bennett, finished with a 2-over par 215, tying for 51st place. Juniors Brandon Jacobs and Keith Moles each finished with 6-over par 219s to tie for 68th-place. Freshman Ethan Barnes was the final UCSB player and he shot a 10-over 223, tying for 73rd. 

Pepperdine, which entrered Monday's second round in second-place behind the leader St. Mary's, wound up blowing away the field with a 43-under par 809, 16 shots better than Cal, 17 better than St. Mary's, 20 ahead of Boise State and 21 in front of Long Beach State. The Waves' Sahith Theegala narrowly won individual medalist honors with a 16-under 197, one stroke ahead of San Jose State's Sean Yu and San Diego's Harrison Kingsley. Ethan Farnam of St. Mary's was fourth at 14-under and Santa Clara's Matthew McCarty rounded out the top-5 at 13-under.

The Gauchos return to the course on Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 14-15 when they travel to the Bill Cullum Invitational hosted by CSUN at Wood Ranch Country Club in Simi Valley, Calif.