April 10, 2007
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Senior Joe Ryon shot a 4-under par 206 to finish in a three-way tie for second- place and in the process, he helped UC Santa Barbara tie for second-place as well in the Wyoming Cowboy Classic presented by Cleveland Golf at the Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
On the final hole of the final round, UC Davis' Matt Marshall matched a birdie by the Gauchos' Marty Melcher to give the Aggies the team title by the narrowest of margins, one stroke. UC Davis totaled even-par 840, while UCSB and Utah ended the event at 841 (+1). Oral Roberts (853) was fourth, while Southern Utah and Kansas tied for fifth place at 854. UC Davis' Louie Bishop won the individual title with a 5-under par 205. Ryon tied with Gary Woodland of Kansas and Nate Pistacchio of UC Davis for second.
UCSB freshman Matt Grush, the team's top finisher playing as an individual at last weeks OGIO-Pacific Coast Intercollegiate, shot an even-par 210 to tie for 11th-place. Another Gaucho freshman, Brian Hollenbeck, carded a 5-over par 215 to tie for 31st. Sophomores Melcher and Tony Verna shot 8-over par 218 and 10-over par 220 respectively to round out Santa Barbara's fivesome.
Ryon, who led after the first two rounds after shooting 7-under par, shot a 73 in the final round. Bishop shot a 69 to pass the Gaucho for the individual title. Grush shot a 69 in the first round and Hollenbeck recorded a 69 in the esecond round for the Gauchos.
UCSB will not be back on the course until it plays at the Big West Conference Championships on April 23-24 at the Tijeras Creek Golf Course in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.