SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior Zach Smith has been chosen to compete as an individual in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships, it was announced Thursday. He will be competing in the Pullman Regional hosted by Washington State at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club on May 13-15.
"Zach has had a great year and he is very deserving of competing in the NCAA Championship," said head coach Steve Lass. "This will be a culmination of a really outstanding career for one of UCSB's beest golfers ever."
Smith, who is ranked 124th among all NCAA Division I golfers, is one of just two Gauchos to play all 30 rounds during the 2018-19 season. In his 10 tournaments, he has posted a stroke average of 71.17, more than a stroke and a half better than his next closest teammate. Smith has six of the team's seven top-five finishes this season. He finished under par in seven of his 10 tournaments and at par in an eighth. The native of Pleasanton, Calif., has shot 18 rounds under par and another three at par. Of his 18 rounds under par, eight have been under 70 and he carded a season-best 6-under par 66 twice, once each at the John Burns Intercollegiate and then again at the UC Santa Barbara Collegiate.
Smith is a two-time Big West Conference Golfer of the Month, having earned the honor in October and February. He enters postseason with a won-loss record of 670-128-16. His only previous postseason experience came in 2017 when he and the Gauchos won the Big West Tournament and advanced to the Stanford Regional. Smith shot a 3-over par 219 and tied for 53rd.