April 26, 2005
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. -
Junior Michael Feuerstein shot a 4-under par 212 to finish in third-place at the 2005 Big West Golf Championship, helping UC Santa Barbara to a sixth-place finish. The tournament was played at Tijeras Creek Golf Course in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
Feuerstein shot a season-best 67 in the first round, and the Gauchos led the tourney. He followed-up his 67 with a 74 in the second round, falling to sixth-place. However, a 1-under par 71 in the final round on Tuesday helped to vault Feuerstein into his best finish of the year. He was also UCSB's top finisher at its final regular season tournament, the Wyoming Cowboy Classic, when he shot a 6-over par 214 to finish 21st. In fact, Feuerstein's third-place finish in the tournament is the top finish by a Santa Barbara player since Jeff Wood won the individual championship four years ago.
Freshman Darren Schwartz gave the Gauchos two top-20 finishers. He shot a 4-under par 68 in round one, and finished at 3-over par 219, good for a 16th-place tie.
UC Riverside was the only team to shoot under 290 in all three rounds of the tournament, and it paid off. The Highlanders shot 852 and won their first league crown by eight shots over Cal Poly, which shot 860.
While Riverside and Cal Poly were within eight strokes of each other, the third-place teams, Idahao and UC Irvine, each sh o 875, 23 shots off the pace, and just two shots ahead of UCSB.