April 4, 2000
Santa Cruz, Calif. -
The UC Santa Barbara golf team shot a three-round score of 870, finishing in a tie for ninth-place at the 20-team 54th-Annual Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz, Calif. on April 3-4.
The Gauchos finished tied with nationally-ranked BYU, which won UCSB's Pacific Coast Intercollegiate in March. The tournament champion was Fresno State, which shot a two-under 838 for the tournament.
By finishing ninth, the Gauchos finished ahead of such traditional powers as Stanford and USC.
UCSB was paced by junior Jeff Wood who shot a team-leading three-over-par 213, good for an 11th-place tie. Senior Naoya Takemoto shot a 218 to tie for 28th-place. On the year, Takemoto now leads the team in average shots-per-round at 73.26, but his lead over Wood has narrowed. Wood is averaging 73.67 shots per round. Both Takemoto and Wood have played all 27 rounds of golf this season, the only two Gauchos to do so.
The three other Gauchos who participated in the Western Intercollegiate were Scott Linklater, who shot a 220 and finished tied for 43rd-place, Jeff Linklater, who shot a 221 and tied for 52nd-place and Gavin Owen, who shot a 226 and tied for 78th-place.
Santa Barbara is now off until they compete in the Big West Golf Championships at Serrano Country Club in Eldorado Hills, Calif. on April 24 and 25.