Gauchos Cruise to 2nd-Place Finish at Seattle University Redhawk Invitational

Nick Swanson (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Nick Swanson (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - Junior Nick Swanson shot an eve-par 213, including a 5-under par first round, leading UC Santa Barbara to a second-place finish in the 17-team Seattle University Redhawk Invitational presented by OGIO, at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Park, Wash., on Tuesday.

The Gauchos finished with a 29-over par 881 after Tuesday's final round. They completed the tournament 13 shots back of the University of San Francisco, the team champion, and 10 ahead of third-place finisher George Washington.

Swanson's 5-under par 66 in Monday's first round was the second lowest round of the entire tournament. USF's Tim Widing, who tied with George Washington's Logan Lowe at the top of the leaderboard after regulation, shot a 6-under par 65 in the first round. Lowe actually won medalist honors as he defeated Widing in a one-shot playoff.

Joining Swanson in the top-11 were a pair of UCSB sophomores: Brett Bennett and Matt Moomjian. Bennett shot a 3-under par 68 in the final round to finish at 5-over par, tying him for seventh-place. Moomjian finished 11th with an 8-over par 221. 

Rounding out the Gauchos' lineup were senior Brandon Bauman, who carded a 16-over par 229 to finish tied for 41st, and Keith Moles who shot a 24-over 237, tying for 72nd.

UCSB will resume actiion on Monday, April 9-Tuesday, April 10 at the Geiberger Invitational. The tournament will be played on the PGA West Course (Nicklaus) in La Quinta, Calif. The following week, the Gauchos will host the UCSB Intercollegiate on Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 17 at Sandpiper Golf Course.