SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Senior Russell Boring shot a career-best 5-under par to finish fifth at the Bill Cullum Invitational and help UC Santa Barbara to a fourth-place tie in the tournament at Wood Ranch Country Club in Simi Valley, Calif.
Boring was under par in all three rounds. He shot a best of 3-under par in the second round and followed that up with a 1-under par 71 in the final round to finish at 211 for the tournament. Junior Jordan Epstein, in his first action as a Gaucho, carded a 2-over par 218 finishing in a tie for 18th.
Senior Kei Kita gave UCSB its third top-25 finisher with a 4-over par 220, good for a 25th-place tie.
Arizona State and Long Beach State tied for the team championships at the tournament with a score of 853. Because the start of the final round was delayed due to fog, the teams could not have a playoff to determine the winner. Denver University finished third at 866 followed by the Gauchos and Sacramento State at 869, 16 shots off the pace.
ASU's Spencer Fletcher and Loyola Marymount's Tyler Torano tied for the individual medalist honors at 8-under par 208, one shot ahead of Long Beach's Xander Schauffele, two strokes ahead of Sacramento State's Grant Rappleye and three on top of Boring.
UCSB's fall season is over. The Gauchos will be off until Feb. 18-20, 2012, when they travel to the Folino Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton at the Industry Hills Golf Course.