Epstein, Gauchos Shine in Final Round, Win Fresno State Classic Titles

The 2014 Fresno State Classic Champion Gauchos.
The 2014 Fresno State Classic Champion Gauchos.

FRESNO, Calif. – Jordan Epstein shot a 1-over par 214 to win his first collegiate tournament and lead UC Santa Barbara to a first-place team finish at the Fresno State Golf Classic on Tuesday. The Gauchos finished with a three-round score of 873, three shots ahead of second-place Nevada. 

Epstein carded a 3-under par 68 in Tuesday's second round to win medalist honors. Glen Scher and Derek Trofimczuk each finished at 10-over par 223 to tie for 18th. Trofimczuk shot a par-71 in the final round while Scher was 2-over on the windy course. 

"This was an outstanding team performance," said Gaucho head coach Steve Lass. "Glen came through on the back nine and Derek hit a phenomenal shot to the 18th green to finish off a great round only to be outdone by an even better shot by Jordan to win the individual title and clinch the team title. I'm very proud of our guys." 

UCSB entered the final round tied for second with the University of San Francisco at 18-over par, two shots back of Nevada. The Gauchos recorded a final round score of 287, five shots better than the Wolf Pack, to post the three-shot win.

San Francisco struggled to a final round 305, finishing 18 shots off the pace and in a tie with Loyola Marymount for fourth-place. BYU was third, 14 behind UCSB.

Brett Silvernail and Hunter Robinson each finished at 12-over par 225, tying for 27th-place. Robinson had the team's other under-par round with a 1-under 70 in the first 18. Will Strauss was the sixth Gaucho finisher. He finished at 17-over par and tied for 46th

UCSB returns to action after final exams, traveling to the Wyoming Cowboy Classic on April 7-8 at The Talking Stick Golf Course in Scottsdale, Ariz. The following week, the Gauchos return home to host the OGIO UCSB Intercollegiate at Sandpiper Golf Course.