Gauchos Struggle in First Round at NCAA Stanford Regional

Nick Swanson (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Nick Swanson (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

STANFORD, Calif. - Making its first appearance in the postseason since 1999, the UC Santa Barbara golf team struggled to a 16-over par 296 in the first round at the NCAA Stanford Regional and will enter the second round in 11th-place out of 13 teams.

The Gauchos, who won their first Big West Conference championship since 1998, had all five of their players shoot over par on the par-70 Stanford Golf Course.

Junior Zach Smith and sophomore Nick Swanson each shot a 3-over par 73 and are tied for 41st-place through 18 holes to lead UCSB. Freshman Brett Bennett carded a 4-over 74 and is tied for 48th. Junior Will Moffly shot a 6-over par 76 and is tied for 62nd while junior Brandon Bauman finished at 77, 7-over par.

Santa Barbara is five shots ahead of South Dakota State and four ahead of Sacramento State. The Gauchos trail North Carolina and Ohio State by eight shots and Georgia Tech by nine.

Stanford's Maverick McNealy and Oklahoma's Brad Dalke are tied for first at 5-under par. A foursome of players, including UC Irvine's David Kim, are tied for second at 3-under par.

The Stanford Regional continues on Tuesday morning