March 27, 2007

Gauchos Struggle in Final Round, Finish Eighth at Colorado-Stevinson Ranch Invitational

March 27, 2007

Final Round
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STEVINSON RANCH, Calif. - The Gauchos entered the final round in a tie for fourth-place, but they let the wind get the best of them and they finished with a three-round total of 915, four shots behind seventh-place Missouri and five shots back of Illinois State, Kansas, Akron and UC Davis, which each shot 910 to tie for third.

Wichita State cruised to the team title with a three-round total of 881, 17 shots better than the host Colorado. Illinois State's Matt Miller won the individual title with a 2-under par 214. He was one stroke better than UC Davis's Louie Bishop, who shot a 1-under par 215. Miller and Bishop were he only two players to play sub-par golf in the tournament.

Senior Joe Ryon was the only other UCSB player to finish among the top-20. Ryon shot a 10-over par 226, including a 2-under par 70 in the first round, to finish tied for 20th. His first round 70 was the best score by a Gaucho in the tournament. Sophomore Tony Verna shot a 17-over par 233 to tie for 35th, junior Ryan Keefe shot a 19-over par 235 to tie for 45th and sophomore Marty Melcher shot a 24-over par 240 to tie for 62nd.

UCSB returns to the links on Monday, April 2, when it hosts the Ogio Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Tournament at the Alisal River Course in Solvang, Calif. The Gauchos will welcome 17 other schools to the 36 hole event which will be played at the 6,830 yard, par 72 Alisal River Course for the first time. The first two rounds will be on Monday while the final 18 will be played on Tuesday, April 3.