Gauchos Finish 14th at St. Mary's Invitational

Gauchos Finish 14th at St. Mary's Invitational

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Sophomore Matt Moomjian shot a 4-under par 67 in Wednesday's final round at the St. Mary's Invitational to help UC Santa Barbara jump from 16th-place and into 14th-place, one shot ahead of Texas Arlington and UC Irvine.

Moomjian finished the tournament at 5-under par to tie for ninth-place. He shot all three round at or under par in a tournament that was populated by top schools.

As a team, the Gauchos finished at 880, three shots behind Fresno State and 10 back of Oregon State. USC and Stanford finished 1-2 in the tournament, which was played at the Poppy Hills Golf Club.

Sophomore Brett Bennett carded an 8-over par 221 to tie for 59th-place. Tyler See was at 11-over and tied for 68th, while Brandon Bauman finished at 14-over par and in a tie for 80th and Nick Swanson tied for 88th at 16-over par.

The tournament was won by USC which finished six shots ahead of Stanford and 16 up on Colorado State. Trojan Justin Suh won the individual title at 13-under par, five shots ahead of the second-place finisher.

The St. Mary's Invitational is the final fall event for UCSB. The Gauchos next tournament is slated for Jan. 29-30 when they travel to the Waves Challenge at Saticoy Golf Course in Somis, Calif.