March 5, 2008
BEAUMONT, Calif. - Sophomores Matt Grush and Brian Hollenbeck tied for fourth-place at 7-over par, leading UC Santa Barbara to a third-place finish in the 16-team Braveheart Classic at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif.
Grush and Hollenbeck matched each other round-for-round, shooting 80 in the first round, 72 in the second round and a 1-under par 71 in the final round to finish at 223. As a team, the Gauchos finished with a 46-over par 910, two shots back of the host school, UC Riverside, and 10 shots off the winning pace set by Cal Poly.
The scores were exceptionally high, particularly in the first round, because of extremely windy conditions.
Junior Tony Verna shot a 15-over par 231, tying for 22nd, while freshman Tyler Weir registered a 22-over par 238 to tie for 57th. Senior Phil Horwith was UCSB's final competitor, shooting a 27-over par 243 to tie for 75th.
The Gauchos were in seventh-place entering the final round, but scored a 290 in the third round, the second best round for any team in the entire tournament. The 290 was good enough to allow UCSB to pass TCU, Kansas State, Cal State Northridge, and Sacramento State in the standings.
The Riverside duo of Nick Paez and Spencer Paschall tied for the individual title with 4-over par 220s.
Santa Barbara returns to action On Monday, March 10, when it travels to the Callaway Golf Collegiate Invitational in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.