Gauchos Return to Action With Solid Eighth-Place Finish at John Burns Intercollegiate

Feb. 23, 2007

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HONOLULU - The UC Santa Barbara golf team, playing in its first tournament in since October, shot an outstanding 280 in the third and final round to finish at 2-under par 862 and in a tie for eighth-place at the 21-team John Burns Intercollegiate in Honolulu Friday.

The Gauchos had the second best score of the final round. Only BYU, which won the tournament with a 30-under par 834 and shot a 270 final round, had a better score. On the final day, UCSB came from six shots down to tie with Nevada for the eighth spot. In the process, Santa Barbara also passed SMU, Long Beach State, Cal and Denver.

The Gauchos finished 28 shots back of the champions Cougars and 20 behind UNLV, which finished second. There was a major drop-off after second-place as third-place Texas A&M finished at nine-under par.

Joe Ryon used a three-under par 69 in the final round to lead a balanced UCSB attack. Ryon finished with a 5-under 211 for the tourney, good for a tie for 13th-place. Tony Verna shot a 4-under par 68 in the final round to finish with a 3-under 213 for the tournament, tying him for 21st-place.

Marty Melcher finished in a tie for 44th with a 2-over par 218,, Brian Hollenbeck shot a 10-over 226 to tie for 91st and Ryan Keefe shot a 14-over 230 to tie for 105th.

Frank Wrenn of Southern Methodist fired a 13-under par 203 to edge BYU's Jake Ellison for the tournament's individual title.

UCSB returns to the course on Monday-Tuesday, Mar. 5-6 when it travels to the Farms Invitational, hosted by the University of San Diego at the Pauma Vallley Country Club in Pauma Valley, Calif.