LA QUINTA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara had a trio of players finish at 3-over par or better, including freshman John Bush who is tied for sixth after carding a 1-over par 73, in the first round of the Big West Conference Men's Championships at La Quinta Country Club on Sunday.
Bush's 1-over par round put him in the upper echelon of the standings after one round. Two other Gaucho players, Matt Moomjian and Jacob Montes, are tied for 15th after one round in the desert at 3-over par. Andrew Ricci (+4, tied for 23rd) and Blake McGovern (+6, tied for 30th) rounded out UCSB's lineup on the first day of competition.
Santa Barbara sits all alone in fourth-place in the nine-team tournament after the first 18 holes. Long Beach State leads by nine shots. The school, formerly known as the 49ers, are at 1-under par, nine shots ahead of Cal Poly and UC Davis. The Gauchos, at 11-over par after the first round, are one shot ahead of Cal State Fullerton, three up on Cal State Northridge and four ahead of Hawai'i. UC Irvine (+23, 8th-place) and UC Riverside (+43, 9th-place) round out the field.
UC Davis' Lucas Carper shot a 2-under par 70 to claim the lead after round one, but he is closely followed buy a trio of LBSU players. Isaac Rodea, Clay Seeber and Hunter Epson (Epson, like the printer), played a 1-under par first round, resulting in the dominant team-lead. Davis' Thomas Hutchison was the only player in the field to shoot an even-par score in the first round as he checked in at 72.
UCSB's Bush joined Luke Adam (Cal Poly), Garrett Boe (Fullerton) and Justin Ngan (Hawai'i) at 1-under, tying for sixth.
The second round of the tournament will be played on Monday with teams teeing off beginning at 9:00 am. The Big West Championship will conclude with the third round on Tuesday at La Quinta Country Club.