SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - UC Santa Barbara shot an outstanding 278 in Tuesday's final round at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and moved all the way from 23rd-place to a tie for 13th.
The Gauchos' 278 was the fifth best final round and it moved them past nine schools at the prestigious event held at Talking Stick North.
Kei Kita, UCSB's top finisher at last week's OGIO-UC Santa Barbara Invitational, tied with teammate Russell Boring as the Gauchos' top finisher this week. Kita and Boring each shot 1-over par 211s to tie for 38th-place. Boring shot even-par in Tuesday's final round while Kita was 3-over at 73.
Paul Otte's 3-under par 67 on the final day was also instrumental in Santa Barbara making its move up the standings. Otte tied for 62nd at 6-over par 216. Tyler Sterk, who carded a 1-over par 71 on Tuesday, finished at 3-over par 213 to tie for 49th. Although Michael Haeri struggled through the first two round of the tourney, entering the final round 17-over par, he shot an even-par 70 on Tuesday.
Kansas State won the team title at the Cowboy Classic with a 14-under par 826, two shots better than Colorado and three better and the University of San Diego.
The individual title was won by Ben Juffer of Kansas State who defeated Mike Wuertz of Colorado State in a playoff. Both players finished 12-under par 198.
The Gauchos return to action on April 23-24 when they travel to the Anteater Invitational at the Shady Canyon Country Club in Irvine, Calif.