UCSB Vaults Into Sixth After 2nd Round at Big West Championships

Jordan Epstein (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SAN JACINTO, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara shot a 292 in the second round at the 2013 Big West Golf Championships, the third best round of the day, and jumped from a tie for ninth-place into sixth-place entering Tuesday's final round.  The tournament is being played at The Country Club at Soboba Springs.

Glen Scher led the Gauchos' charge carding a 2-under par 70 on the day.  He moved from 19th-place into a tie for fourth-place in the indivivdual standings at 1-over par 145 after two rounds.  Brett Silvernail also had a solid outing.  After beginning the second round in a tie with Scher for 19th, he jumped into a tie for 13th by shooting a 1-over par 73.  He is now at 4-over par 148.

Jordan Epstein improved on his first round score by two shots as he shot a 3-over par 75 and is now 8-over par for the tournament, in 31st-place.  Amol Mahal, who struggled with a 79 on Sunday, checked in with a 2-over par 74 on Monday and is now tied for 32nd at 9-over par 153.  Marshall Colby shot 81 and is now 15 over for the tourney.

As a team, the sixth-place Gauchos are just one shot back of Hawaii, which led the tournament entering the day.  After scoring a 292 in the first round on Sunday, the Warriors shot 304 on Monday and are now 20-over par as compared to UCSB's 21-over par.  Long Beach State is fourth at 17-over par, UC Davis is third at 16-over, Cal State Fullerton is second at 15-over and Pacific, which carded the second round's best score at 289, leads the way at 11-over par.

Fullerton's Corey Gard entered the day tied for first and ended the day in first by himself.  He is at 4-under par after two rounds, three shots ahead of Pacific's Eric Sugimoto.  Sugimoto was 3-under par for Monday's round to move from a tie for 12th into second all alone.  Nainoa Calip, who was tied with Gard for first entering the day, shot 3-over par and is even-par and in third.  Scher is one of three players tied for fourth.

On Tuesday, UCSB will be paired with players from Long Beach State and Hawaii and will tee-off at 8:35 a.m.  The top three teams - Pacific, Fullerton and Davis - go off beginning at 9:25.

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