March 25, 2011
LAKESIDE, Calif. -
Sophomore Glen Scher became the first UC Santa Barbara golfer in more than four years to win an individual championship when he posted a 7-under par 209 to earn the title at the 2011 Barona Collegiate Cup held at the Barona Creek Golf Club in Lakeside, Calif. As a team, the Gauchos finished sixth in the outstanding 16-team field.
Scher finished one shot better than Scott Smith of Nevada and J.J. Spaun of San Diego State. He is the first Gaucho to win a title since Brian Hollenbeck won the title at the Bill Cullum Invitational in November of 2006.
"It wasn't quite five years, but it was close," said UCSB head coach Steve Lass. "It was really exciting down the stretch and Glen really came through. He knew what he needed to do and he did it."
Scher shot an even-par 72 in the final round, as did Smith. Spaun carded a 3-under par 69 to pull into a second-place tie by the end of the tournament.
Scher's outstanding performance lifted Santa Barbara into a sixth-place finish. It was the Gauchos fourth top-6 finish in their last five tournaments.
The host school, San Diego State, finished 1-under par as a team to win the team title, seven shots ahead of the University of San Diego. St. Mary's (+30), Nevada (+31) and Arizona (+33) were third, fourth and fifth respectively. The Gauchos shot a 39-over par 1,119 to finish six shots out of fifth and eight shots ahead of UC Irvine, Colorado and New Mexico, which all tied for seventh.
Senior Andrew Gunson was the second-highest UCSB finisher. Gunson recorded a 5-over par 221 and tied for 18th. Tyler Weir shot a 7-over par 223 and tied for 22nd. Freshman Paul Otte was 14-over par and tied for 56th.
The Gauchos return to action on Monday, Mar. 28 when they host the OGIO-Santa Barbara Intercollegiate at Sandpiper Golf Course. The 16-team field will play two rounds on Monday and then the final round on Tuesday. There is no admission charged for golf fans who want to attend.