SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara jumped from 18th-place, where it finished the second round, into at 17th-place finish at the prestigious Bill Cullum Invitational at the Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley on Tuesday.
Freshman Zach Smith was the Gauchos' top finisher, tying for 35th-place out of 108 competitors. Smith was tied for 59th entering the final round but carded a 2-under par 70 in the final round to close out strong. His 3-over par 219 was one-shot better than teammate Will Strauss who recorded a 4-over par 220 for the tournament, tying for 43rd-place.
USC led the tournament from start-to-finish. As a team, the Trojans finished 31-under par, 11 shots better than their Pac-12 foe Arizona State and 28 shots better than Washington State. ASU's Jon Rahm won the individual title a 13-under par 203, one shot better than USC's Rico Hoey and two better than the Trojans Jona Texeira.
UCSB will play its final fall tournament on Nov. 3-5 when it travels to the John A. Burns Invitational at the Princeville Makai Golf Course in Princeville, Hawaii.