Gauchos Struggle to 22nd-Place Finish at Wyoming Cowboy Classic

John Bush
John Bush

CHANDLER, Ariz. - UC Santa Barbara struggled to an 18-over par 303 in the final round at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic on the Cattail Course of the Whirlwind Golf Club, ending with a three-round total of 906 (+42) and a 22nd-place finish on Tuesday.

UCSB, which entered the day with one hole remaining from the second round, in 21st place and leading Cal Poly by five shots, but the third round score, combined with the Mustangs 292, dropped the Gauchos to 22nd, 12 shots back of 21st and 11 shots ahead of Air Force, the 23rd-place team.

Freshman Andrew Ricci carded a 4-over par 76 to finish the tournament in a tie for 52nd with a 3-over 219. Senior Brandon Bueno was 3-over for the day, finishing at 11-over and tied for 93rd. Freshman John Bush had the best round of any Santa Barbara player on Tuesday as he registered a 2-over 74, finishing at 13 above par for the tournament, tied for 101st. Ethan Barnes (+15, tied for 106th) and Blake McGovern (+27, tied for 116th) were another pair of freshmen and they rouned out the Gaucho five.

San Diego State, ranked 28th nationally, led the tournament from wire-to-wire, finishing at 33-under par, six shots better than TCU, which was -27. The Horned Frogs entered the day trailing the Aztecs by 18 shots, but trimmed 12 off on the day. Colorado (-24), Loyola Marymount (-20) and Stanford (-19) rounded out the top five. They were the only program finishing with double-digit below par scores.

Stanford's Barclay Brown entered the day in sixth-place, but earned individual medalist honors by shooting a 7-under par 65 to finish with a 14-under 202, two shots ahead of LMU's Riley Lewis, TCU's Filippo Celli and SDSU's Pwit Anupansuebsai, who each carded 12-under par 204s. Colorado's Victor Bjorlow and Callum Bruce of SDSU tied for fifth at 11-under par, while Brady McKinlay of Utah Valley, Cameron Meeks of LMU, and Daniel O'Loughlin of Colorado tied for seventh with -8 208s. TCU's Jacob Skov Oleson rouned out the top-10 finishing at 7-under par.

UCSB returns to the course for its final regular season tournament on Monday and Tuesday, April 12-13 when it hosts the UC Santa Barbara Intercollegiate at Sandpiper Golf Course on the Pacific Ocean just north of Santa Barbara. The 10-team field will play 36 holes on Monday and 18 on Tuesday.