Oct. 24, 2006
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Santa Clara Invitational concluded Tuesday afternoon at the Silver Creek Valley Country Club, and with a final round combined score of 279, UC Santa Barbara jumped up from 7th place to win the tournament, finishing +9 with a combined score of 873 (300, 294, 279). Santa Clara finished in a tie for 8th place out of the 17 team field at +32 with a combined score of 896 (304, 293, 299).
The Tuesday morning round played much like Monday morning - very slowly due to fog in the valley. Silver Creek, not being one of the longer courses, made up for its length with tough pin placements, which, combined with the morning fog caused many schools to turn in high scores. For the second straight day, the par-three holes proved to be the most difficult. The 237-yard 12th proved the most challenging, as 40% of players scored above par. Next in line was the 195-yard 4th, with 38% above par, and the par-four, 436-yard 9th with 35% failing to at least save par.
Santa Clara's Jong Yoon was unaffected, however and shot a final round of 72, even par, to finish the tournament tied for 11th place individually. Blair Myers, though competing unattached, turned in a final round of 78, +6, to finish tied for 16th. Eric Lillibridge was Mr. Consistent for Santa Clara, with rounds of 74, 75 and 75 to finish in a tie for 34th at +8. Jonathan Keane and Mike Miller each finished in a tie for 46th place at +11 with combined scores of 227, and Tim Lynch finished at +21 with a combined score of 237.
Brandon Crick, of Gonzaga, turned in a final round of 69 (-3) to finish as the individual champion with a combined score of 211. Crick was the only participant to turn in two rounds below 70. Jason Kang, of UCLA took 2nd place with a final round of 72 (E) and a combined score of 212, and Troy Merritt, of Boise State, took 3rd place with a final round of 71 (-1) and combined score of 214.
UC Santa Barbara turned in the best team-round of the tournament Tuesday, with a combined score of 279 (-9). Their three final round scores below 70 leapfrogged them over all the competition to emerge as the victors with a combined score of 873 (+9). UCLA took 2nd place, finishing at +11 with a combined score of 875, and San Francisco broke a two-way tie for 3rd place with the University of British Columbia, as they finished at +17 with a combined score of 881.
The Broncos will be back on the golf course in two weeks when they visit the UCLA Invitational, beginning Monday, October 6th at the CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif..