Gauchos Finish 9th at Warrior Wave Invite, Final Fall Tournament of 2012

Gauchos Finish 9th at Warrior Wave Invite, Final Fall Tournament of 2012

PRINCEVILLE, Hawai'iAmol Mahal shot a 1-over par 217 and recorded the first top-20 finish of his collegiate career to help UC Santa Barbara to a 9th-place finish at the Warrior Wave Intercollegiate in Princeville, Hawai'i on Wednesday.  Mahal tied for 18th.

As a team, UCSB shot a 16-over par 880 to finish two shots back of Fresno State, which was eighth.

Mahal shot a personal-best 4-under par 68 first round on Monday to get off to a good start.  After struggling to a 6-over par 78 on Tuesday, he bounced back with a 1-under par 71 in the third round on Wednesday.  Mahal's performance was instrumental as the Gauchos edged the University of San Diego and Alabama-Birmingham by one shot to finish ninth. 

Marshall Colby carded a 5-over par 221 to finish tied for 29th, while Glen Scher and Brett Silvernail were each 6-over par to tie for 35th.  Scher bounced back from a 9-over par second round with a 4-under par final round to move up the chart.  Jordan Epstein was the fifth UCSB player in the tournament and he came in at 18-over par.

Baylor won the team title at the prestigious event by shooting an 18-under par 846, seven shots better than North Carolina State, which was 11-under at 853.  The individual medalist was N.C. State's Albin Choi who was 10-under par for the tournament.  Choi beat Baylor's Filippo Zucchetti by one shot and Xavier's Korey Ward by two to take home championship honors.

UCSB is off for the remainder of the fall and will return to action on Feb. 11-12 when it travels to The Farms Collegiate Invitational hosted by the University of San Diego in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.