Zach Smith's Top-10 Finish Leads Gauchos at Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate

Zach Smith (Photo by Diane Smith)
Zach Smith (Photo by Diane Smith)

PALM DESERT, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara's Zach Smith led after the first round of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate Golf Tournament and after struggling through a 5-over par second round, he settled in and finished tied for eighth with an even-par 216, helping the Gauchos to an 18th-place finish at the illustrious tournament on Sunday.

Smith, a freshman, carded a 5-under par 67 in the first round of the tournament, taking the lead. But he was at even-par after shooting a 77 in the second round. On Sunday, the Pleasanton, Calif., native shot an even-par 72 to finish with a 216, tying him for eighth-place out of 128 golfers.

UCSB was led by two other freshmen. Brandon Bauman tied for 50th-place with a 9-over par 225, and Willy Moffly shot an 18-over par 234, tying for 99th. Ryan Cuenca finished tied for 104th at 19-over par 235.

The individual crown was won by Texas Tech's Clement Sordet who shot a sterling 11-under par 205. Paul Barjon, a TCU player, was second at 7-under par 209. Barjon was one of three Horned Frog players to finish in the top-10, and they won the team title by one shot over Texas Tech. TCU finished at 9-under par 855 while the Red Raiders shot 856, 8-under par.

Santa Barbara will next travel to the Del Walker Intercollegiate at the Virginia Country Club in Long Beach, Calif. on Monday-Tuesay, Mar. 2-3.