Oct. 31, 2006
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - - On the heels of its first tournament title in eight years, the UC Santa Barbara golf team finished third at the Bill Cullum Invitational at Wood Ranch in Simi Valley, Calif.
Led by junior Marty Melcher (Redlands, Calif./East Valley HS) and freshman Brian Hollenbeck (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton HS) who each shot a 1-over par 217 to finish in a tie for fourth place. The Gauchos shot an 880 as a team to finish seven shots back of tournament winner Loyola Marymount (873) and six shots back of Cal Poly (874).
As it did at the Santa Clara Invitational, which it won last week, UCSB had its best score in the third and final round. The Gauchos shot 294 in the first round, 295 in the second and 291 in the third.
Freshman Andrew Gunson (Irvine, Calif./Foothill HS) shot a 224, junior Ryan Keefe (Vista, Calif./Rancho Buena Vista HS) shot a 226 and senior Joe Ryon (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS) shot a 227 to round out the Gaucho field.
In its season opener at the Santa Clara Invitational last week, UCSB overcame a 17-shot deficit through two rounds with a third-round 279. The Gauchos wound up defeating UCLA by three shots for their first victory since the 1998-99 season.
Santa Barbara returns to action on Nov. 6-7, when it travels to the Pacific Invitational at the Brookside Country Club in Stockton, Calif.