March 30, 2009

Gauchos Tied for Tenth at Western Intercollegiate, Look for Final Round Charge

March 30, 2009

Santa Cruz-Calif. - Looking to place in the top ten for the first time since the first weekend of March, the UCSB golf team remains in the hunt after the first two rounds of the Western Intercollegiate, posting a 45-over 605 through two rounds at Pasatiempo Golf Course, good enough for a tenth place tie. Tyler Weir currently leads the Gauchos and is tied for 22nd place with a 9-over 149.

Fresno State leads the tournament at 19-over 579. Fresno State boasts four players, Bhavik Patel (144), Grant Doverspike (145), Michael Gideon (146), and Brian Hogan (147), in the top-12.

The next closest opponent is University of Oregon at 23-over 583. Colorado University is six shots back.

Oregon State University's Diego Valenzona rode a second round 4-under 66 to take the lead in the clubhouse after the second day at 140, even par. First round leader Pat Grady is one shot back, shooting a 3-over 73 after his first round 68.

Fueled by a 1-over 71 in the first round by Andrew Gunson and a 73 by Weir, UCSB's 294 had the Gauchos tied for seventh place at 14-over. However, UCSB was unable to translate any momentum into the second day, finishing the day 31-over as a team.

Scott Lewis, playing in his first tournament of the Spring season, is at 15-over 155.

Brian Hollenbeck, who leads the Gauchos in stroke average on the season, sits in 70th place, posting rounds of 76 and 82.

The final round will be played tomorrow, Tuesday March 31st at Pasatiempo. The shotgun start is set for 9 am.

Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com and www.westernintercollegiate.net.